What are the Health Benefits of the Avocado?

National Avocado Day is July 31, 2020.

They’re small, they’re tasty, they’re packed with nutrients–and in the past couple of years, they’ve been blowing up on social media. The avocado is the star of the bright green avocado toast you see all over Instagram, as well as smoothies, shakes, desserts, and any other recipe that calls for a soft, mashable fruit. It’s made into guacamole, layered on sandwiches, chopped into salads, and even mixed into ice cream. You can find this delicious fruit at just about any grocery store in the country (and yes, the avocado is technically a fruit!) But what are the health benefits of this tiny wonder, and what makes the avocado so popular around the world?

A single avocado is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin B-6, potassium, fiber, protein, iron and magnesium. In fact, one serving of avocado gives you 40% of the fiber you need for the day. They do contain a high fat content, but they’re healthy unsaturated fats that can actually lower your risk of heart disease, as opposed to the unhealthy saturated fats you find in processed foods. Eating an avocado in the morning is a great way to start the day with a boost of vitamins and energy.

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