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Avocados and Heart Health
Avocados can be part of a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle: they are low in saturated fat, and are cholesterol-free and sodium-free.
Want to reduce your intake of saturated fat and cholesterol? Try substituting fresh avocado in sandwiches, on toast or as a spread in place of many other popular foods to reduce your intake of saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and calories.
Take Your Heart’s Health to Heart. Choose Avocados for Your Healthy Eating Plan. The avocado is virtually the only fruit that has monounsaturated fat.
Avocados not only are a great tasting anytime snack, they also contain monounsaturated “good” fats and phytosterols. In addition, they can help Americans meet the dietary goals of the American Heart Association.
Cardiovascular/Heart Disease prevention is important. According to the CDC regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, limiting alcohol use and eating a healthy diet can help.
Mayo Clinic (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) suggests eating a healthy diet as a way to help fight belly fat, including emphasizing plant-based foods and replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats while keeping portion sizes in check.
What makes a vitamin essential? Simply stated, they are the vitamins needed for the body to function. There are two types – fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins.
Dietary potassium can lower blood pressure by blunting the adverse effects of sodium on blood pressure.
Protein is found in a wide variety of animal and plant foods. For protein, plant-based sources and/or animal-based sources can be incorporated into a healthy eating pattern.
Fresh Avocados are a nutrient-dense food. Nutrient-dense foods are foods that provide vitamins, minerals, and other substances that may have positive health effects, with relatively few calories.