Enjoy health benefits of avocados on National Guacamole Day

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Melissa Bess, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Camden County, University of Missouri Extension

September 16 is known as National Guacamole Day. Guacamole can be healthy, depending on how you make it. Avocados are the main ingredient in this tasty side dish or appetizer.

California avocados are in season from spring to fall. This is the time of year that you will find the best quality and best prices on avocados. Avocados are one of the produce items with the least amount of pesticides, so there is no reason or benefit to buying organic avocados.

Did you know that avocados have more potassium than bananas? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), avocados are loaded with nutrients…

To learn how to select and use avocados, including a healthy guacamole recipe, see the full version of this article at http://missourifamilies.org/features/nutritionarticles/nut470.htm

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