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Updated 26 February 2013

5 facts about avocados

Snacking with avos is the healthy way to go! Check out our five top reasons why avocados are good for you and try out our delicious guacamole recipe.

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Snacking with avos is the healthy way to go! Check out our five top reasons why avocados are good for you and try out our delicious guacamole recipe.
  • Avocados contain the highest vitamin E content compared to other fruits
  • 75% of Avocado’s energy comes from mono-unsaturated fats. These fats are beneficial to your health and may assist with keeping your “bad” LDL cholesterol levels under control.
  • They provide approximately 20 vitamins and minerals.
  • They are a source of vitamin B and are high in pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5), Vitamin B6 and Folic acid.
  • Avocados are a smooth and versatile food that can be added to many dishes from salads to pizza.

Guacamole recipe 

Dating back to ancient Aztec times, guacamole is possibly the easiest, most versatile and delicious avocado snack one can prepare. 

Guacamole with a sting

Mash two avocados into a smooth consistency and add finely chopped garlic, onion and chilli (seeds removed) with the juice of a lime. Season with salt and pepper and a handful of chopped coriander. Be really daring and add a splash of Tequila!

Smooth guacamole

Mash two avocados into a smooth consistency and add finely chopped tomatoes, onion and garlic. Mix gently together with low fat cream cheese and salt and pepper.

Guacamole for the locals

Prepare the basic guacamole – two avocados, chopped onion, garlic, chilli and coriander.  South Africanise your guacamole – add chopped peppadews or mango or grated biltong.

For further information and recipes visit the website of the the 5-a-Day for Better Health Trust.


- (5-a-Day Better Health Trust)


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