good?... best is the right word. It is considered a veggie and all veggies are good for you, but here are more tips:
they romote Heart Health: Avocados contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help to lower cholesterol. In one study of people with moderately high cholesterol levels, individuals who ate a diet high in avocados showed clear health improvements. After seven days on the diet that included avocados, they had significant decreases in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, along with an 11% increase in health promoting HDL cholesterol.
They are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure. Adequate intake of potassium can help to guard against circulatory diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Association has authorized a health claim that states: "Diets containing foods that are good sources of potassium and low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke."
One cup of avocado has 23% of the Daily Value for folate, a nutrient important for heart health. To determine the relationship between folate intake and heart disease, researchers followed over 80,000 women for 14 years using dietary questionnaires. They found that women who had higher intakes of dietary folate had a 55% lower risk of having heart attacks or fatal heart disease. Another study showed that individuals who consume folate-rich diets have a much lower risk of cardiovascular disease or stroke than those who do not consume as much of this vital nutrient.
and and and and..it goes on. Read the ufll article here: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=f oodspice&dbid=5
THey are high in fat, though most of it is healthy unsaturated fat. They have a lot of good nutrition. Hubby likes to put them in vegetarian sushi, that way you get the flavor without eating much. The rice and nori fills you up.
3/1/10 11:14 A
It's good AND bad, unfortunately. Great for potassium! But it is high in fat so it'll add the calories up quick. When I did Atkins, I ate avocado freely and relished it. Now I'm focussing on low calorie/low fat dieting and can't enjoy it - but in moderation, if you're logging you daily nutritional values, you should be able to have some without problem - just make sure you end your day on track with the consumption of avocado in mind. = )
I dont know but i do know they sure send the calorie thing way out of site . I ate one with a salad today for the first time and logged it in and i was shocked to see it so high, so i dont think i will buy any more of them
2/26/10 10:54 A
Very good. And very yummy. :)
2/16/10 2:44 P
Avocados are good for babies too. The avocado's smooth, creamy consistency makes it one of the first fresh fruits a baby can enjoy. Sodium- and cholesterol- free, avocados contain valuable nutrients including 8% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for folate; 4% DV for fiber and potassium, 4% DV for vitamin E; and 2% DV for iron. A serving of avocado also contains 81 micrograms of the carotenoid lutein and 19 micrograms of beta-carotene. Per serving, avocados have 3.5 grams of unsaturated fats, which are known to be important for normal growth and development of the central nervous system and brain.
I like to use avocado as a substitute for mayo on a turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomato. Also, spread a little fat-free cream cheese instead of a slice of cheese. Excellent combo, and much healthier. Avocados are in the "good fats" category of monounsaturated fats.
It is kind of bland. I really like making guacamole with them. It's basically avocado, lime juice, peppers, onion, and seasoning. There's a bunch of different ways to make it and you can make it as spicy or mild as you want. I eat it with wholegrain pita chips or fresh vegetables. Avocados are really creamy. I made a sandwich and used it instead of mayo.
I say yes, advocados would be good for you...they are a whole food, just like broccoli, lettuce, ect. The only thing is, they are higher in fat. BUT just calculate those calories into your calories and enjoy!
BTW: what do they taste like? I see them in the store but never know what they taste like or what to do with them...
In my effort to lose weight I have had to come to grips with a few things regardless of the calories or fat. Those are peanut butter and avocados. Both are great for you in moderation. If you look at the calorie count or fat on them I have always say "NO WAY!" but peanut butter is great for protein and energy before the gym. Avocados are good fat for your body. I don't eat them everyday but if someone offers up some avocado, i don't pass it up either. :) Just enjoy in moderation.. as with everything.
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SP has stuff on it under its nutrition tabs. Healthy fats but watch how much because it is fatty.
1/29/10 6:58 P
avocado is extremely healthy. Great source of healthy fats. But, you do need to watch it as it is high calorie/fat. So just make sure when you are eating it that you watch the rest of the day to make sure you stay in your ranges, esp. for fat.
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1/28/10 5:24 P
What kind of diet book was it? Avocado is high in fat, but also is a reasonable source of fiber and vitamin C. So how much one eats of it all depends on your nutritional goals.
I love avocado too, and would never give it up, but I always go easy on it!
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I love it but I picked up a diet book and one of the food that you cannot have was Avocado. Then I looked online it said it was ok just eat it with moderation.
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