10 Reasons Why You Need To Eat More AvocadosDid you know that California accounts for nearly 90 percent of all avocados grown in the United States? Unless you’re allergic to avocados you probably love them! The fat in an avocado gets a bad rap. While it does contain saturated fat — a little more than 1 gram per quarter-segment — the fruit is high in fiber, has more potassium than bananas and is loaded with folates and vitamin E. Of all fruits, the avocado ranks highest in protein.
Here are 10 reasons why you need to add avocados to your diet:1. They could help you trim down: According a study by the Nutrition Journal they found that eating half an avocado for lunch helps you feel fuller in the afternoon. When your tummy feels satisfied in the afternoon you’ll less likely grab those snacks and feed the munchies. Yes! Easy avocado tip: add them to your salad, your sandwich and on top of your soup. 2. According to a study of 17,567 adults conducted by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention they found that people who ate half of an avocado per day were:
- healthier than those who didn’t
- weighed less
- had lower BMIs
- smaller waists
- healthier cholesterol levels
- 2 chopped avocado’s
- 1 tbsp. pineapple
- 2 tbsps. lemon
- 2 lime juice
- 2 tbsps. crushed red pepper
- pinch of salt and pepper
- They can be sliced and served with apples, nuts and cheese.
- Mash them with salt, lime, garlic and cilantro: chilies and tomatoes.
- Feed your infant spoonful’s of avocado straight from the skin: the perfect baby health food.
- Indonesians blend them into drinks with sweet condensed milk.
- Brazilians add it to ice cream.
- Californians put it in their maki rolls.
- Grilled corn kernels, diced Spanish onions and mango elbow each other for attention until chunks of avocado mediate and mellow the mix into a tasty salsa.
- An ordinary salad of greens, tomatoes and raw veggies turns almost decadent with slices of avocado.
- Mash an avocado with a pinch of salt and a drizzle of oil, and you’ll find it an ideal condiment — and flavor conduit — for nearly any meal.
- They’re great alternative to mayonnaise
- Choose avocados that have unblemished skins without soft spots which suggest bruising
- You know they’re ready to eat if the flesh yields slightly when pressed with your thumb
- To hasten ripening, put them in a paper bag with a banana
- To avoid discoloration after you’ve cut them, use lemon juice, vinegar, or vinaigrette dressing
- there are more than 400 varieties of avocado
- Aztecs thought the avocado was an aphrodisiac