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This week I'd thought I'd speak a little about the little green elephant in the fruit and veg section of your local supermarket and the most recent food craze.
I guess these are seen as a little bit like marmite, you either love them or you hate them.
Personally I was a little taken back with the idea of eating Avocado however now, I think that they are pretty spectacular and I know a few of the girls here will agree. They add a different flavor and texture to any meal. My favourite is having avocado teamed up with scrambled egg on toast.
Some little Avocado Facts:
- Avocados are a fruit, more importantly a berry
- An Avocado Has More Potassium Than A Banana
- They’ll Ripen More Quickly With A Banana Or An Apple Around
- Avocados Are One Of A Few High-Protein Fruits
- You Can Swap Them Into Baked Goods Recipes For Butter
The Health Benefits
"The guidance around the types of fat we should be consuming for a healthy diet is ever changing. Currently, it is recommended that we choose unsaturated fats such as monounsaturated fat (like that found in avocados) as they are supposedly better for heart health than saturated fat.
Research suggests that monounsaturated fat helps to protect against heart disease and lowers blood pressure. The oils provided by an avocado include oleic acid and linoleic acid and are therefore recommended as part of a balanced diet to prevent high cholesterol.
There is no doubt that the calorie content of avocados is greater than other fruits and vegetables. One small study has shown the fat content of avocados can lead to feelings of satiety which can help with appetite regulation.
However, as research has developed, the avocado has been commended as a good example of a nutrient dense food. Alongside the benefits outlined above, they are a rich source of antioxidant vitamin E, plus a group of carotenes which are thought to help keep the eyes healthy"
(information extracted from BBC Good Food)
So what's your verdict? Comment below to let us know if you love them or hate them.
Over & out until next time