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1) A whole, medium sized avocado (about 5 ounces) has 226 calories and contains about 3 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber.
2) More than 80% of avocado calories come from fat, most of which are healthy, monounsaturated fats. It has been shown that one of these fats – oleic acid – lowers cholesterol levels.
3) While the banana is best known for its potassium content, a typical avocado contains 35% more potassium (684 mg vs. 505 mg) than its long yellow cousin. Avocados are also a decent source of calcium and magnesium, important electrolytes for athletes due to their role in muscle function and fluid balance.
4) Each avocado contains nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients – nutrients from plant material that fight off cancer, heart disease and signs of premature aging.
5) Regular consumption of healthy fats, as found in avocados, has been shown to boost testosterone and growth hormone production.