Saturday, January 14, 2012

Avocados.. Bad for you?

This is FALSE! Avocados are not "bad" for you!!

One whole avocado is 245 calories (usually).. Do you eat a whole avocado in a sitting? Prob not.. but anyways there are 194 in a small bottle of coke so just cut one out for the day (average American drinks at least 2 a day)** ;)

There are active compounds in avocados that might help prevent cancer. One recent study found that those compounds can inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells in the laboratory. While conducting the study, these researchers found avocados are loaded with a variety of antioxidants, including familiar disease-fighting compounds such as lutein, beta-carotene, and vitamin E. And with over 1,200 milligrams of potassium per fruit, contain more than two-and-a-half times as much potassium as a banana.

Avocados Crush cholesterol- The avocado is high in fat - 30 grams per fruit, but it's mostly monounsaturated fat (which is extremely good for the heart--and for health in general.)This fat helps protect good HDL cholesterol, while wiping out the bad LDL cholesterol that clogs your arteries. That means you not only lower your bad cholesterol, you also improve your ratio of good HDL to total cholesterol.

Another recently discovered benefit is that avocados help the body absorb phytochemicals from other foods.

Eat up!!

Guacamole:

Ingredients
3 avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
1 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced

Directions

~In a large bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice, toss to coat.
~ Drain, and reserve the lime juice, after all of the avocados have been coated.
~ Using a potato masher add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash.
~ Then, fold in the onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic.
~ Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice.
~ Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve.

** Please do not drink 2 bottles of soda a day.. they are empty calories and are really bad for you.. just had to include this

1 comment:

  1. I love avocado! I do usually eat a whole one by myself cause they go bad so quickly once you cut them, and there just so good. I should more often just only eat half and store the other half with lemon juice. It will still last another day that way.

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