An Update on Nutrition & Health for Avocados.
This report provides an overview of the nutritional benefits of avocados and summarises scientific evidence spanning the past 20 years. Avocados are a nutrient-dense fruit that play an important role in healthy diets, contributing almost 20 vitamins, nutrients and phytonutrients. Research shows avocado eaters consume significantly more key nutrients than non avocado eaters.1
In addition, avocados are an excellent source of healthy monounsaturated fats and have naturally low levels of sugars and sodium.
Avocados are an important dietary source of the B group vitamin folate - an essential nutrient for cell division, blood production, heart health and during pregnancy. Adequate folate is critical for the prevention of foetal neural tube defects.
Research also has identified, that as part of a healthy diet, this natural whole food may play a role in helping to manage conditions such as high blood cholesterol,17-24,43 a risk factor for heart disease.
While avocados are technically a fruit they are often used as a vegetable and can tick either box when it come to meeting the recommended two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables a day. Avocados have also been highlighted in the new Australian Dietary Guidelines as a healthy fat alternative to saturated fat spreads, like butter.2 On behalf of Avocado Australia’s Avocado Nutrition Program, I hope you find this a useful resource.
Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian