Avocados are full of fats so they used to get put into the same category as all fat, that it would make you fat.
This isn’t the case. Avocados are mainly a monounsaturated fat, specifically oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid.
Research shows that this type of fat lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides, both which are associated with heart disease and increases good cholesterol (HDL).
Avocados also contain Lutein, a natural antioxidant which makes it great for your eyes, skin, and heart!
They are also a great source of fiber and have next to zero effect on blood sugar.
If you are looking to lose weight keep in mind that avocados are high in calories. That being said, they are still great for you and you shouldn't shy away from them. Everything in moderation.
California Avocados are about 289 calories, while Florida Avocados are about 365 calories. If you are looking to lose weight and worried about the calories, than I would stick with California avocados.
Either way they are great for your health and I eat ½ of one almost every day!
So go ahead, eat up
Here is one of my favorite recipes that I make with avocado:
Chickpea Salad Sandwich (V)
What you need:
2 scallions roughly chopped
1 large handful parsley
2 Tbs lemon juice
15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Sprinkle of dried dill seasoning
Cucumber slices and fresh spinach to add as topping to sandwich
2 pieces whole wheat bread or extra spinach and make It a salad!
Put it together:
Mix and mash avocado, scallions, parsley, and lemon.
Add mixture to a bowl and add diced celery
Add chickpeas to a plastic baggie and smash until half are mush and half are whole.
Add smashed chickpeas to avocado mixture and stir everything together
Serve on bread and top with sliced cucumber and fresh spinach
Meaghan is a Health Coach and Personal Trainer who works with men and women who are problematic eaters and yo-yo dieters.