Are Avocados Good For You?
Poor avocados. They always seem to get a bad rap!
Although an avocado is so healthy and provides numerous potential health benefits, the first thing that my clients and friends say to me is that they don’t want to eat it because it’s soooooo fattening! It could be, if you eat the whole avocado in one shot!!
7 Health Benefits of Avocado!
- Avocados contain a wide variety of nutrients
- They are loaded with heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids
- Can help lower cholesterol
- Can help with weight loss and management
- It also reduces the risk of cancer, liver damage, and vitamin K deficiency-related bleeding
- It even increases circulation, boosts cognitive abilities, and builds stronger bones!
- There have been studies that have shown that it can help stabilize blood sugar plus a whole host of other benefits!
What is One Portion of an Avocado?
Have you seen the size of avocados lately? Some are huge and some are tiny! Although one portion is about 1/4 of the avocado, it will vary depending on the size of the avocado. It’s not a ‘free for all’ food meant to be eaten at liberty. Use your common sense – if it’s really tiny, 1/2 would work; the portion for a medium-large sized avocado is roughly a 1/4-1/3.
How to Store Leftover Avocado?
Sometimes the leftover avocado turns brown, but you if you keep the pit intact, it should be fine. Cover the remaining avocado, with the pit, in plastic wrap and then refrigerate and it should last for a few days! I always remove a thin layer of my stored avocado before using it.
How to Pick a Perfect Avocado?
How often have you purchased an avocado only to go home and find that it is all brown inside? The ‘perfect’ avocado should be firm and the skin should be very dark green to black. I read a tip in an article about a fail proof trick that works every time. At the end of the avocado is a dried stem and if you flick it off and see that it is brown inside, it’s over ripe and not good to eat, but if it is a bright yellow/green color – it’s perfect!!
Use them in salads, as a spread in your sandwiches or chopped with tomatoes as guacamole. You’ll find that it is linked to feelings of fullness and will help to curb snacking between meals!! It’s all about portion control. Eat 1/4 of a large avocado – not the whole thing!!