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Foodie Fridays: Avocado Facts

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Because it contains a pit, the avocado is technically a fruit. Nutritionally, however, it differs from most other fruits. Nutritional values below are approximate, as there are slight differences between avocados depending on where they are grown.

FAT CONTENT
While most fruits are low in fat, the avocado is not. One half cup of cubed avocado, depending on the type, contains approximately 10 to 12 grams of fat. In contrast, a half cup of banana contains less than 1 gram of fat.

HEALTHY FAT
The fat in an avocado is, however, nearly all monounsaturated fat, so it does not contribute to high cholesterol.

CALORIES AND CARBOHYDRATES
One half cup of raw, cubed avocado also contains approximately 120 to 150 calories. Because most of the calories in an avocado come from fat, it supplies significantly fewer carbohydrates than most fruits, with about five to seven grams per half cup.

VITAMINS
One half cup of avocado also contains about a third of the recommended daily intake of B5 and one quarter of the recommended daily intake of vitamin E.

MINERALS
Avocados also contain boron and copper.

From Livestrong.com

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