Avocados Pack A Big Health Punch for Men

TAURANGA, 19th December 2011: New Zealand men are being urged to add an avocado to their daily diets because it’s one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways they can look after their own health.

Fresh avocado is a powerhouse fruit containing 11 vitamins and 14 minerals, which are associated with the prevention of a raft of medical problems including prostate cancer, high cholesterol, low fertility and hair loss.

This ‘super fruit’ may also assist in maintaining a healthy bowel function, good eyesight, boost your memory and help control your appetite.

The advice comes as part of the nationwide Add An Avocado campaign, which is being run by the not-for-profit NZ Avocado Growers’ Association Inc. to raise awareness about their goodness and versatility of avocados. The campaign coincides with the largest bumper season of avocados in New Zealand ever.

NZAGA communications manager, Midge Munro, says few fruits can rival the nutritional benefits delivered by avocados.

“They’re packed full of vital nutrients which every healthy body needs. They are an excellent source of folate, which men need daily to maintain good health.  Folate is also essential for fertility.”

“Swapping butter for avocado on your sandwiches, spreading some onto crackers or chopping avocado into a salad is a delicious and easy way for men to maintain good heath,” says Munro.

“Avocados contain healthy monounsaturated fats needed to reduce cholesterol and are naturally low in sugar and sodium.”

Eating half an average sized avocado will give the average adult 27 per cent of their Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of folate, 15 per cent of niacin, 14 per cent of vitamin C, 13 per cent of vitamin B6 and 10 per cent of iron. They are also a source of vitamin A, B, E, and K, as well as copper, magnesium, fibre and zinc.

Avocados can be used in a multitude of ways, from smoothies, to salads, pizzas, omelettes and even soups – they provide delicious, healthy food on the go.
NZAGA has been providing recipes and nutritional information to the public, as well as working with agencies such as 5+ A Day Charitable Trust. For more, visit the NZ Avocado Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/nzavocado.

5 FACTS YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT AVOCADOS:
•    The Guinness Book of World Records lists the avocado as the most nutritionally complete fruit in the world.
•    Avocados can be used in warm dishes.
•    Freshly mashed ripe avocado can be frozen for up to four months.
•    Avocados contain more potassium per serve than bananas.
•    There are over 500 varieties of avocado in the world - Hass is the common commercial variety grown in New Zealand.

KEY VITAMIN AND MINERAL BREAKDOWN OF AVOCADOS:

FIBRE: Avocados are a good source of fibre, which helps to maintain a healthy digestive system and is important in control of weight.
IRON: Avocados are a source of iron, which is important for brain function, immunity and the formation of red blood cells.
FOLATE: Avocados are an excellent source of folate. Folate is important for healthy growth and development, and can help fertility in men.
NIACIN: Avocados contain niacin, which helps to manage cholesterol and is used for energy production.
VITAMIN B6: Avocados are a source of vitamin B6, which releases energy from food and promotes a healthy nervous system. Brilliant in helping support the adrenal glands and possibly reducing the effect of stress on the body.
VITAMIN C: Avocados contain vitamin C, which fights against infection and is used in tissue repair and general health, as well as helping the body to absorb iron from food. Vitamin C, which is an amazing antioxidant, anti-viral and anti-bacterial. It is also brilliant for your skin, helping with assisting collagen and elastin pathway, which keeps your skin looking radiant.

 
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