The Skinny on Avocados

It’s not new news that America has fallen head over heels in love with the avocado. And it’s not just Millennials. Since 2015, sales of avocados have out-paced almost every other fruit or vegetable. A big part of the avocado’s popularity is due to it being declared not only good, but good for you by nutritionists all over the world. And while many people know that these creamy, green marvels on your McAlister’s sandwich deliver naturally good fats, few know that they’re also a good source for vitamins and minerals. So, it’s no exaggeration when the avocado is referred to as a “superfood.”

The good fats that avocados have are often associated with are actually mono- and polyunsaturated fats. These heart-healthy, fatty acids can help lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of heart disease and can help the body absorb fat-soluble nutrients like Vitamins A, D, K, and E. Speaking of vitamins...1/3 of medium-sized avocado contributes nearly 20 different vitamins and minerals including folic acid, fiber and 6% of the recommended daily value of potassium.

A serving of avocado is low in saturated fat and is cholesterol- and sodium-free. In fact, avocados are often used as an alternative to ingredients like butter or mayonnaise as a healthier option to reduce calories, fat, saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. It’s not every day that something we love happens to love us right back like wonderful avocados with their many health benefits.