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Avocados

 

 

Eliminating grains is one of the best and healthiest ways to normalize your weight and support your health.  When you cut down on non-vegetable carbs you need to increase your intake of healthy fats.

 

Avocados are an excellent source of good fats.  They are especially rich in monounsaturated fat that is easily burned for energy, which you need more of once you remove those carbs.

 

Improved weight management is one of the health benefits of eating avocados.  All those good fats help to balance insulin.  Avocados are also high in potassium; they will help balance your vitally important potassium to sodium ratio, which is critical for optimal health and disease prevention.

 

Frequent hunger is often times a major clue that you’re not eating correctly. According to research published in the Nutrition Journal, eating just one-half of a fresh avocado with lunch may satiate you if you’re overweight, which will help prevent unnecessary snacking later.  Fat is more satiating then carbs so if you have cut out the grains and feel hungry and that you “can’t do without the carbs” remember this is a sign that you haven’t replaced them with sufficient amounts of fat.  You want to make sure you are having the best types of fat.

 

Sources of healthy fat include;

-Olives and extra virgin olive oil

-coconuts and coconut oil

-butter made from raw grass fed milk

-raw nuts

-organic pastured egg yolks

-grass fed and finished meats

-and of course avocados!!!

 

According to the California Avocado Commission, a medium Hass avocado contains about:

  • 22.5 grams of fat, two-thirds of which is monounsaturated
  • 3 grams of total carbohydrate
  • Less than one gram of fructose per one ounce serving

The fact that avocados are so low in fructose is another great thing about this fruit. They also provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including:

  • Fiber (approximately eight percent of your daily recommended fiber intake)
  • Potassium (more than twice the amount found in a banana)
  • Vitamin E
  • B-vitamins
  • Folic acid

Due to its beneficial raw fat content, avocado also enables your body to more efficiently absorb fat-soluble nutrients (such as alpha- and beta-carotene, and lutein) from any other food eaten in conjunction with it. One 2005 study, found that adding avocado to salad allowed the volunteers to absorb three to five times more carotenoids antioxidant molecules, which help protect your body against free radical damage!

Avocados are also one of the safest fruits in terms of chemical contamination, which means there’s virtually no need to spend extra money on organic varieties.

The easiest way to eat an avocado is raw, either added to your salad, which is what I typically do, or you can eat them alone. A dash of Himalayan salt and some ground pepper will spice up the flavor, if you like. But there are many other ways to include avocado in your diet as well. For example, you can:

  • Use avocado as a fat replacement in baking. Simply replace the fat called for (such as oil, butter or shortening) with an equal amount of avocado
  • Use it as a first food for babies, in lieu of processed baby food
  • Add it to soups

For hundreds of unique recipes that include avocado—from salads to dessert whip and everything in between—check out the California Avocado Commission’s Website. If optimal health and weight is your goal, there’s no getting around your diet. And contrary to popular belief, it’s the sugar and fructose in your diet that is packing on unwanted pounds—not the fat! So, if you want to lose weight, you really need to pay careful attention to avoid sugars, and that includes all grains, even organic ones, as all grains quickly break down into sugar in your body. Don’t forget to try my Avocado Chocolate Pudding recipe.

So raise a martini glass filled with guacamole….To good health!!!

 

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