A California Staple, Offers Delicious Health Benefits

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 12:08

According to LA Daily News, and based on LeeAnn Weintraub’s report: “Eighty percent of all avocados grown in the United States come from California. The Hass avocado, which is the most popular type and makes up 95 percent of the avocado crop in California, originated from an avocado tree grown in La Habra Heights in the 1920s that lived for more than 75 years.”

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She reported: “Avocados are, in fact, a fruit. While most fruits are a carbohydrate, one-fifth of an avocado provides a serving of fat, primarily from heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Replacing saturated fats in your diet with moderate amounts of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can help lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce risk for heart disease. For example, try replacing the butter or margarine on your breakfast toast with a few spoonfuls of mashed avocado.”

She also continued: “Another benefit of avocados is their fiber content. A 100-calorie portion of avocado provides 4 grams of fiber, about the same amount as a medium apple. Fiber makes us feel full after eating and, therefore, may help with weight management. The unique combination of healthy fats and fiber from a serving of avocado can increase satiety when added to a meal or snack.”

As she clarified: “Avocados are quite easy to work with in the kitchen. Simply slice through the skin and flesh to the seed and cut around the entire length of the fruit, making a full circle. Remove the seed and peel back the skin. The fruit closest to the skin has the most concentration of nutrients, so be careful to not discard it. Once sliced open, you can add a bit of olive oil or citrus juice to the outer portion of the avocado flesh before storing it to avoid browning.”

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