Are you waiting for Cinco-de-Mayo to enjoy the buttery, rich avocado? You don’t have to anymore as this health packed little green superfood is available year round in the grocery store.
So what exactly is the avocado and why would you want to incorporate it as one of your healthy food choices?
The avocado is the reproductive part of the tree and is the fattiest fruit on Earth. They are even fattier than olives. However, like olives, these strange looking fruits-aka-alligator pears, are an incredibly concentrated of monounsaturated fat. The healthy fat. The Hass avocado, grown in California, is fattier than bright green Florida grown variety. Avocados actually contain more protein and soluble fiber than any other fruit. One half a medium avocado actually contains more potassium than a banana.
Because of their fat content, avocados can actually help you lower your cholesterol. Studies have shown that replacing 5 percent of your calories from saturated fat, such as butter and cheese, with monounsaturated fat could reduce the risk of a heart attack by one third. Additionally, avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a plant sterol found to reduce cholesterol. Avocados also have the cancer prevention compound glutathione which is a powerful anti-oxidant.
Health tips and clever ideas:
Use avocados to replace the other fat sources in your diet.
To prevent a cut avocado from turning brown in the refrigerator, remove the seed and spray the flesh with cooking spray or lemon. Wrap it up in plastic and use within three days.
If the avocados are ripening faster than you can eat them, mash them up with a half a tablespoon of lemon juice or lime juice. Put in an airtight container and freeze. Try to use within four months.
Mashed avocado makes a really healthy replacement for your favorite condiments. Spread it on your sandwich instead of mayo or add to your baked potatoes instead of sour cream.
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