Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Applause for Avocados

Also known as "alligator pears" because of their shape and scaly green skin, avocados are anything but scary. Though it's relatively high in calories, this wonderful fruit (it's not a vegetable!) is a great addition to salads or sandwiches because it's loaded with beneficial nutrients.

In addition to being a great source of potassium and folate, two nutrients that are important for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system, avocados are also a healthy source of monounsaturated fat, a valuable part of our daily diet (in moderation, of course!) because it helps lower LDL, or "bad," cholesterol.

A great way to incorporate the avocado into your day is to use it as an alternative spread on toast. Add some lemon juice and you have a delicious, savory treat — you won't even miss your butter!

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