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Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat- the good fat that works to lower cholesterol and improve heart health. Avocados are also rich in beta-sitosterol ,a natural substance also shown to lower cholesterol.
There are 322 calories in 1 Avocado.
Calorie breakdown: 77% fat, 19% carbs, 4% protein.
We tend to think about carotenoids as most concentrated in bright orange or red vegetables like carrots or tomatoes. While these vegetables are fantastic sources of carotenoids, avocado—despite its dark green skin and largely greenish inner pulp—is now known to contain a spectacular array of carotenoids like like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein, but also many lesser known carotenoids including neochrome, neoxanthin, chrysanthemaxanthin, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and violaxanthin . Avocodas have 85% of the calories from high fat food, is threefold. First are the phytosterols that account for a major portion of avocado fats. Second are avocado’s polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFAs). Third is the unusually high amount of a fatty acid called oleic acid in avocado. Over half of the total fat in avocado is provided in the form of oleic acid—a situation very similar to the fat composition of olives and olive oil .
As a monounsaturated fatty acid, it has also been shown to help lower our risk of heart disease. So don’t be fooled by avocado’s bad rap as a high-fat food. Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall health.
1 avocado – peeled, pitted, and cubed
5 cubes ice
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/3 cups milk
1 teaspoon fresh lemon or lime juice
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
Place avocado, ice, sugar, milk, lemon juice, and ice cream into a blender. Puree until smooth.