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Health Tip: Get the Scoop on Avocados

They're loaded with vitamins

(HealthDay News) -- Avocados are a nutrient-rich, versatile food that offer many health benefits.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions this:

  • Avocados are a good source of folate, potassium and vitamins E, C and B6.
  • They're rich in soluble fiber and monounsaturated (heart-healthy) fats.
  • They contain plant sterols that can help lower cholesterol, lutein to promote healthier eyesight and antioxidants that may protect against cancer.
  • To spot a ripe avocado, look for one that is slightly soft when you press gently with your palm.
  • Mash avocados with a fork to turn into a spread, or slice them and add to sandwiches or salad.

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