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Avocados are nutrient dense with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and benefcial nutrients in just 50 calories per serving.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable, belonging to the genus Persea in the Lauraceae family.

Avocados are sodium-free and have less than fve grams of fat per serving, most of it the monounsaturated kind.

The avocado is also called an Alligator Pear because of its pear-like shape and green skin.

How do you know if an avocado is ripe? Give it a squeeze. Ripe, ready-to-eat avocados will be frm, but yield to gentle pressure.

Avocados are nutrient dense with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and benefcial nutrients in just 50 calories per serving.

Avocados make great additions to salads, sandwiches and even hot items at the grill.

There are thousands of varieties of avocados. The most common ones available are Hass, Lamb Hass, Fuerte, Bacon, Pinkerton, Gwen, Reed and Zutano.

Avocados are part of some of the healthiest eating plans including DASH and the Mediterranean Diet.

Courtesy of Morrison’s food services at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center

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