My parents came to visit Houston last month and we had a wonderful time. My dad is a fanatic for gardening. He helped us pick out some fruit trees, and we planted a few in our back yard. One in particular I am looking forward to enjoying is our new avocado tree. This month, I want to highlight the nutritional benefits of avocados.
This unique pitted fruit has loads of flavor and plenty of nutritional benefits as well. Remember, the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans has emphasized the benefit of certain fats, particularly the poly and mono-unsaturated fats. Avocados provide a natural blend of healthy fats, which gives them the ability to aid the body in absorbing other important fat-soluble vitamins. Avocados are filling, providing fiber and folic acid. They are also an excellent source of the B-vitamins, potassium, and vitamin E.
Avocados make an excellent complement to a variety of foods. Their flavor can be enjoyed straight from the fruit, or mixed into a dish. Avocados make a great substitute for saturated fats in many recipes, helping to reduce unhealthy fats in our diet. Their soft texture makes them kind to the jaw and an ideal addition to any meal.
So go ahead and add an avocado to your dinner plans this week. Enjoy this delicious fruit with its satisfying flavor and nutritious benefits!
Nathan J Pettit, DMD, MSD