Taste & Tell: Avocado/Nutritional Benefits
Unless you have been living under a rock you probably are aware avocados offer some nutritional properties. What you might not know is they are actually a powerhouse superfood offering numerous nutritional properties. Avocados provide nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving, including potassium(which helps control blood pressure), lutein (which is good for your eyes), and folate (which is crucial for cell repair and during pregnancy). I mean news to me!! I honestly used to not be a fan of these green little bulbs ..but I have found ways to incorporate them into recipes i love. A few being guacamole, avocado spread (instead of butter on toast), salad topping, and even add a scoop to most my pasta sauces giving them an extra creamy texture while offering a yummy taste! Avocados are also very low in sugar and contain fiber, which helps you feel full longer. In one study, people who added a fresh avocado half to their lunch were less interested in eating during the next three hours. That is pretty awesome in my opinion..especially with our obese society craving french fries left and right (yup talking about me minus the obesity..ha!).
Something people tend to not understand is the fatty aspect of these green goddesses. Avocados are high in fat..its just a fact. But it's monounsaturated fat, which is a "good" fat that helps lower bad cholesterol, as long as you eat them in moderation. Take it from a gal who struggles with PCOS and having high cholesterol naturally...I am always on the search for these good fatty foods!
Here is how to prepare-----
Store avocados at room temperature, keeping in mind that they can take 4 to 5 days to ripen. To speed up the ripening process, put them in a paper bag along with an apple or banana. When the outside skins are black or dark purple and yield to gentle pressure, they’re ready to eat or refrigerate!