Growing up on the east coast, I never was exposed to avocados. They were not readily available, nor part of the local diet. That all changed when I moved to California.
Avocados are readily available in California, partly because they are locally grown. The other major factor for their widespread popularity in California is the culture. The vast majority of the California population is health-conscious, and they eat a lot of avocados.
If you need a reason to eat more avocados beyond the fact that they are delicious, then read on.
Health Benefits of Avocados
- High Fiber Food – Avocados are high in fiber, containing 7 grams of fiber for one 3.5 oz serving.
- High in Vitamins- Each serving of 3.5 ozs contains:
- Vitamin K: 20% of the recommended daily value (DV)
- Folate: 20% of the DV
- Vitamin C: 8% of the DV
- Potassium: 12% of the DV
- Vitamin E: 12% of the DV
- Vitamin B5: 16% of the DV
- Vitamin B6: 12% of the DV
- Copper: 20% of the DV
- There are also small amounts of phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, iron, zinc, magnesium, and vitamins A, B2 (riboflavin), B1 (thiamine), and B3 (niacin).
- High In Health Fats – The largest portion of fat in avocados are monounsaturated fat, with a small amount of polyunsaturated fat and saturated fat. Probably the most important fat in the avocado is oleic acid. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid, believe to contribute to good health. Olecic acid is the same monounsaturated fatty acid that is found in olives and olive oil.