All About: Avocados

I recently posted a few recipes using avocado. You may hear that avocados are healthy and they contain healthy fats, but that’s not all. There is so much more to learn about avocados.

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Did you know?

  • There are more than 80 varieties of avocados. The most common is the Hass avocado. The original mother tree of avocados still stands in California.
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  • Acocados are actually a member of the berry family.
  • The avocado is also known as an alligator pear, due to its shape, green skin, and rough texture. And apparently you can get a t-shirt that says it too!
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  • Half a medium sized avocado has 160 calories and provides 15 grams of heart healthy unsaturated fat, with only 2 grams of saturated fat.
  • Along with providing healthy fats, avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and vitamin B6.
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  • Avocados can be a part of many restricted diets. They are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian, and cholesterol-free.
  • On Super Bowl Sunday, Americans consume about 8 million pounds of guacamole. For Cinco de Mayo, it’s 14 million pounds.
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  • Avocados can be used as a face mask for beautiful skin. Avocados have biotin which helps prevent dry skin. Combine 1/2 avocado (mashed), 1 tsp honey, and 1 tsp of greek yogurt.
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  • How to easily slice an avocado:
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