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Eat This Today: Avocado

Posted Oct 27 2009 11:34am

 

One fruit that has been gradually getting more and more attention over the years is the Avocado.  These powerful trees can be found in more tropical areas such as the Caribbean, South America, Mexico and California.  Although the most popular Avocado is the Hass, other assortments include: Bacon, Fuerte, Gwen, Pinkerton, Reed, and Zutano.  If you are one of those people who has been eating avocados consistently, keep it up.

Why So Good?

Avocados are known for having good fats.  They are loaded with monounsaturated fats, which actually lower cholesterol.  Research has shown that avocados don’t just lower cholesterol, but in fact lower the bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.

Another important bonus is the 11-17 grams of fiber found in them which is around half of the daily recommended amount of fiber.  The oils in the fruit are fantastic for hair, skin and nails.  As if all this information weren’t enough to make you want to eat an avocado, they have minimal effect on blood sugar which is huge, especially when trying to shed some weight.

How To Eat

Aim to eat an avocado a day, even if it is solely the avocado, pepper and lemon for a snack.  Other than that its great in salads or as a replacement side as opposed to a baked potato or pasta.  Mix it in with some scrambled eggs, onions, spinach, mushrooms and red peppers and your looking at THE power breakfast.

Cooking Tips

Although I do not use avocados while actually sautéing or pan cooking because in the change in flavor, I do use it as a substitute.  Instead of mayonnaise or heavy creams, mash up an avocado and give that a try.  The great thing about the fruit is that it’s not a strong flavor, so it’s great for substitution.   Also, if you are baking try it instead of eggs or butter.

Lets change it to “An avocado a day can keep the doctor away.”

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