Avocados contain heart-healthy fat and an array of other nutrients including fiber, vitamin K and potassium. Spread whole grain toast with smashed avocado or make guacamole to serve with cut up fresh vegetables.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, avocados are sodium and cholesterol-free and contain mostly unsaturated fat, which is considered a healthful fat.

Produce Tips

  • To keep your avocado's natural color, brush the surface of a peeled or sliced avocado with lemon juice. You can also cover the pulp with plastic wrap, which will aid in preserving its color.
  • Hass avocados will turn black when ripe. Most Florida and non-Hass varieties will remain green. However, all varieties are ripe when the fruit gives when squeezed lightly. If the avocado feels mushy or soft, it may be too ripe.
  • The nutrients found in avocados can help inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells.

Selecting Tips

  • Be sure to pick avocados that have firm skin with no soft spots.
  • Gently squeeze an avocado in the palm of your hand without using your fingertips. If it yields to gentle pressure, it is ripe and ready to eat. If not, it will be ripe within a couple of days.

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