Av­o­ca­dos the Superfood from Mexico

ELLE (Canada) - - Body -

There’s no bet­ter way to add a de­li­ciously healthy, ver­sa­tile touch to your daily menu than with av­o­ca­dos from Mexico, the world’s lead­ing pro­ducer of av­o­ca­dos. Av­o­ca­dos are gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity and it’s no sur­prise that Cana­di­ans en­joy over 250 mil­lion of them ev­ery year.

Taste you can take to heart.

This re­fresh­ing fruit of­fers a host of nu­tri­tional benefits to help re­duce the risk of high choles­terol and heart dis­ease. Av­o­ca­dos are a great source of fiber, low in sodium and rich in potas­sium. In fact, half an av­o­cado pro­vides 25% of the rec­om­mended daily in­take of fiber, based on a 2000-calo­rie diet. They’re high in both mo­noun­sat­u­rated and polyun­sat­u­rated fats, con­sid­ered ben­e­fi­cial to car­dio­vas­cu­lar health. These ‘good’ fats help in­crease your body’s ab­sorp­tion of es­sen­tial vi­ta­mins and lower your LDL choles­terol, mak­ing av­o­ca­dos a hearthealthy al­ter­na­tive to but­ter, cheese or may­on­naise.

Workout with an av­o­cado!

Ideal be­fore or af­ter work­outs, av­o­ca­dos pack a huge amount of en­ergy, with up to 15 grams of fiber, more than any other fruit, and nearly 20 dif­fer­ent vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and phy­tonu­tri­ents, like beta-carotene and vi­ta­mins C, E and B6. They’re also loaded with vi­tal elec­trolytes like potas­sium (60% more than ba­nanas) and mag­ne­sium, es­sen­tial to proper cell and mus­cle func­tion.

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