Once dismissed for their fat content, avocados are enjoying their newfound popularity on salads, sandwiches and of course, toast. In fact, today is National Avocado Day. And they’re so popular at the moment that their price has almost doubled compared to this time last year. To help you decide whether or not it’s worth it to shell out extra cash for this fun (and fiber-filled!) fruit, check out these quick facts:
- Avocados have the least amount of sugar per serving than any other fruit.
- One-third of a medium avocado has three grams of fiber. Spread this on a slice of whole-wheat toast and enjoy with a cup of strawberries. You’ve just met 30% of your fiber needs for the day.
- Following the Food Exchange System? Two tablespoons of avocado count as one fat exchange. This is roughly the size of a golf ball.
- Avocados contain heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Eating foods with saturated and trans fats may raise the level of “bad” cholesterol in your blood.
- “Avocado hand” is a real, and potentially dangerous, thing. Make sure you cut avocados properly to avoid this mishap.
Do you have a favorite way to enjoy avocados? You know the drill–tell me about it in the comments section!
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and American Diabetes Association
- American Heart Association
- Avocados From Mexico