Hass Avocados from Editor Showcase

We all know that Hass Avocados are the best to eat, but did you know that avocados are technically classified as fruit? This is one of the takeaways from the Editor Showcase – Health & Nutrition Event in New York. More information about Hass Avocados and a fabulous recipe for an Avocado/Mango Topper (perfect for grilled chicken or fish) follow:

  • More than 95% of the fresh avocados consumed in the United States are of the Hass variety
  • American’s favorite uses for fresh avocados are in guacamole and salads
  • Other popular uses are in sandwiches, soups, entrees, side dishes, smoothies and desserts
  • Avocados can be part of any meal, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Hass Avocados can be used in baking as a substitute for saturated fats
  • One (1-oz.) serving of Hass Avocado has less than 1 gram of sugar and is sodium- and cholesterol free

Hass Avocado

More nutrition information about Hass Avocados is available at AvocadoCentral.com/nutrition

With a nutrient profile that includes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals; beneficial plant compounds, including 81 micrograms of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin per serving; and “good” fats that help the body better absorb fat-soluble nutrients from foods they are eaten with, there are so many reasons to enjoy avocados. In a quest to learn more, the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is funding research to potentially discover additional benefits of eating this fruit. There are currently seven clinical studies underway to investigate the relationship between fresh avocado consumption and risk factors for cardiovascular disease, avocado’s potential positive role in weight management and diabetes, and avocado’s ability to enhance nutrient absorption. And, based on their nutrition and phytochemical components, emerging research suggests that fresh avocados may play a positive role in many emerging areas including skin, eye, joint and cellular health.

To learn more about the avocado research in progress, visit AvocadoCentral.com/Research

Avocado/Mango Topper

Ingredients

2 ripe Hass avocados, peeled, pitted and diced 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced 1 cup seeded, diced tomato
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 2 Tbsp. chopped red onion 1 Tbsp. minced jalapeño pepper 1 Tbsp. lime juice
1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

In a medium bowl, combine mango, tomato, cilantro, onion, jalapeño, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Add avocado and toss gently. Serving Suggestion: Serve over grilled chicken or fish.

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