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Advocating Avocados

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Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 10:26 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The Super Bowl should be renamed the Super Guacamole Bowl! Because that's when football-crazed Americans down around 78 million pounds of avocados — an equivalent of 156 million succulent green-fleshed fruits.
 
Most of avocados’ super-healthy goodness is mashed into guacamole, but unfortunately many of the 108 million Americans watching the game pile it on fried corn chips, high-LDL cholesterol-pumping nachos, fatty quesadillas or boffo burritos.
 
That means a lot of the avocado's heart-health benefits gets lost in a stew of inflammation-promoting saturated fat foods (cheese, meat), trans fats (shortening used for frying), and processed grains (chips, white flour tortillas).
 
By itself, an avocado is a great way to lower your lousy LDL cholesterol, and to give yourself a major heart-loving boost. In a new study in Journal of the American Heart Association, folks who ate ONE avocado a day for five weeks saw their LDL drop 13.5 mg/dL.
 
If you try eating a daily avocado, make sure you keep a healthy balance in your overall diet. One avocado contributes about 260 calories, 15 grams of monounsaturated fat, and 3 grams each of polyunsaturated and saturated fats (close to the per-meal max of 4 grams sat fat).
 
But don't hesitate to incorporate avocado into salads, chopped into brown rice, or quinoa — or you can mix them into yogurt with sliced almonds or chopped walnuts.
 
To keep those avocado heart-healthy benefits on Super Bowl Sunday, make guac with organic ingredients such as diced celery, peppers, and carrots; then serve with whole wheat chips.

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By itself, an avocado is a great way to lower your lousy LDL cholesterol, and to give yourself a major heart-loving boost.
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