Since I am eating so many avocados for lower cholesterol, I researched their nutrition and want to share with you what I learned.
It appears to be a food which has had a lot of research so there is much scientific information on the health benefits of including avocados in your diet.
Avocados are a proven anti-inflammatory, so they are helpful in conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Any unwanted inflammation can be helped with the consumption of a diet containing avocados.
I was surprised to read that the California Avocado commission recommends cutting the avocado a certain way. For greater retention of nutrition, the dark green part of the avocado which is just beneath the skin should be disturbed at little as possible. It contains carotenoids in abundance for your health. There is a video on their website which shows how to cut an avocado correctly to save nutrients. This is where to find it.
Avocados for lower cholesterol are a good choice to make. They do have higher fat, but considering their benefits and nutrition, they are a healthful addition to any diet. For those afraid to gain weight, I eat avocados on my diet almost daily and still lose weight. I often eat a whole avocado. The nutrition makes it worthwhile. The great taste and creaminess is undeniable.
On January 15, 2005, science Daily reported on a study concerning avocados and obesity. This study was new research published originally in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
The results indicated that "Individuals on a moderate-fat diet who ate an avocado every day had lower bad cholesterol than those on a similar diet without an avocado a day or on a lower-fat diet, researchers report. So, eat those avocados.
If you are counting calories, a 1 oz. serving of avocados contains 50 calories. 3/4 of the fat in an avocado is unsaturated. There is no cholesterol in avocados.
Did you know you can put avocados in chocolate pudding. I am trying that soon, but in the meantime I found a good recipe for avocado cookies. I am pretty sure it is not on my diet.
Avocados appear to be a lot more versatile than I thought. I was pretty sure that avocados were the ultimate sandwich and that was it. There are cookies, salads, puddings, and snacks. There is so much to do with an avocado. Try my guacamole below. Yum
2 chopped avocado
1 chopped tomato
1/4 c finely chopped onion
2 T finely chopped jalapeno chopped
cilantro to taste
juice of 1/2 lime
salt and pepper to taste
Any of the above ingredients can be varied in amount according to your personal taste
preference. Combine all ingredients, stir, serve with sprouted grain toast or tortilla.
If you have a triple bowl as above, you can serve some homemade salsa and bean dip with your guacamole. Delicious!
Just what you see above plus a little water and some ice:
2 kiwi (peeled)
1 ripe banana
1 gala apple
1 tangerine Always taste the fruit before you put it in your smoothie.
1 T chia seeds You want fresh, sweet tasting ingredients for best results.
1/2 cup water
1 C crushed iced
Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Garnish as desired. Mint leaves make a pretty garnish. Serves 2.
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