An Avocado

An avocadoAvocados were first cultivated in South America with later migration to Mexico.

It was believed that a Mayan princess ate the very first avocado and that it held mystical and magical powers.

European sailors traveling to the New World used avocados as their form of butter. Avocados were first seen in the United States in the early 1800's.

Though avocados are high in fat, most of the fat is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Avocados are loaded with nutrients such as dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, and folate. They're also cholesterol and sodium free. Avocados contain 60 percent more potassium per ounce than bananas. "

The majority of avocados in the United States come from California, followed by Florida. Two tablespoons of mashed California avocado or 1/5 (about 1 oz.) of a medium California avocado provide 55 calories. Source: Center For Disease Control and Prevention


Can You Guess ItThe photo at the right is featured in the July 2004 NEBLINE Newsletter (41 KB Adobe Acrobat printable .pdf file)



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