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Avocados are a nutrient dense food. These are foods that provide substantial amounts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients with relatively few calories. 50g, or 1/4 of a large avocado, has just 300 kilojoules and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, making it a great nutrient dense food choice.

A fact not commonly known, but especially relevant in winter, is that avocados are a rich source of vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin and antioxidant that is necessary for normal growth and development. Vitamin C is required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It’s necessary to form collagen, an important protein used to make skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Because our bodies can’t make vitamin C, we rely on foods like avocados to get this essential nutrient. Because avocados are a rich source of vitamin C, they’re a great way to help your body build its immune system and help reduce the duration of cold symptoms.

50g, which equals 1/4 of a larger avocado or 1/3 a smaller avocado, contains 11mg or 25% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C for adults. If you are a vegetarian then vitamin C is needed to absorb iron from plant foods. Another reason to add 1/3 of a smaller avocado to your dark salad greens and be even healthier this winter.

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