Magazine article Work & Family Life

Be an Advocate for Avocados

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Be an Advocate for Avocados

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The health benefits of avocados have been underestimated and overlooked for far too long, according to the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Yes, it's true that avocados are high in calories for a fruit (110 to 180 per half). And avocados do contain a lot of fat (10 to 15 grams per half). But researchers says they are "good calories" and "good fat." In fact, a study reported in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition found that avocados may actually help reduce cholesterol.

Here's some of the heartening news and fruitful advice about avocados from the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter:

* Avocados have been around for a long time (since the Aztecs), and there are hundreds of varieties with different sizes, shapes, textures, colors and flavors. The main two varieties sold in the U.S. are the Hass from California (small, dark and pebbly) and the Florida (larger, lighter and smoother-skinned).

u Avocados are filling and may help in weight control. A study reported in the Nutrition Journal found that overweight people who ate half an avocado at lunch reported "increased satisfaction and decreased desire" to eat for several hours afterward, compared to when they ate a no-avocado lunch.

u In addition to unsaturated, healthy fats, avocados are rich sources of potassium, magnesium, carotenoids and vitamins B, C, E and K. Just be wary of exaggerated claims-for example, that avocados can prevent prostate cancer and kidney stones and heal ulcers. …

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