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Eat your Fruits & Veggies!

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Have you ever wondered if an avocado is a fruit or a vegetable? Because avocados are often used in savory dishes, in sushi rolls, as a topping on a sandwich, or in a spicy guacamole, we often consider avocados as vegetables.

Because avocados grow on trees—right here in California!–and keep their seeds, technically, avocados are fruits. Avocados can actually be used in sweet dishes, mixed with milk and sugar for a creamy dessert, or even blended into your favorite “green” smoothie.

Whether you consider an avocado a fruit or a vegetable, consider some of the health benefits of eating this delicious treat:

-Adding avocados to your diet may help you absorb more nutrients in your meal. Studies have shown that adding avocados to a salad could help you absorb up to five times the amount of nutrients!

-Avocados contain loads of vitamin B6 and folic acid, both of which help decrease the risk of heart disease. Folic acid is also essential in preventing birth defects in unborn children.

-If your doctor has suggested eating a “heart healthy” diet, avocados are a great addition. Just one small avocado has nearly ¼ of the recommended daily value of folate, a nutrient that decreases heart disease. Avocados also contain monounsaturated fats and can help lower cholesterol.

If you’re like us, you don’t need someone telling you to eat your fruits and vegetables, especially if you love California-grown avocados. Next time you stop by Huck’s, try our Aunt Polly’s omelet, topped with fresh avocado. It’s so delicious, you may not even notice how nutritious it is!

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