They also contain a very concentrated dietary source of the carotenoid lutein, as well as measurable amounts of related carotenoids such as zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. Avocados have significant quantities of tocopherols (...vitamin E), and are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure and guard against circulatory diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke.
Three easy Steps on picking a ripe Avocado…
#1: COLOR. The skin of a ripe avocado should be a very dark green, almost black.
#2: FIRMNESS. A ripe avocado isn't rock-hard and it isn't mushy. It should have a fleshy feel, like raw meat.
#3: MARKINGS. Choose an avocado without bruises or scars.