Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable, belonging to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family. This nutritious fruit comes in a number of varieties such as Hass, Fuerte and Reed. The skin will blacken as the fruit ripens. The Hass is the most popular avo variety due to both its superior taste and excellent keeping qualities. The medium sized fruit is pear-shaped with an excellent creamy nut flavored flesh, no fiber and a seed held tightly in its cavity.
The avocado contains the easily digested fat - mainly monounsaturated.
Avocadoes are a good source of vitamin E which keeps the red cells in the blood healthy and helps prevent damage to the membranes that encircle and protect every cell in the body.
Avocados contain lots of a dietary fiber which helps move food through the body efficiently to prevent constipation and keep your gut healthy. Avocados are a good source of vitamin B6. This vitamin is needed for the nervous system, for healthy skin and to produce energy in the body.
For delicious and fresh avocados, check out Harris Farm Markets.
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