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3/29/12 12:01 P

Spacebot, leave them out to ripen. then as soon as they're ripe (like the other poster described) put them in the refrigerator. They'll stay at that perfect point of ripeness for several days...a week even. If you leave them out once they're ripe they quickly become overripe.

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3/29/12 11:58 A

No, you should not adjust your fat a little higher to accommodate the addition of an avocado's healthy fat. You should be replacing the unhealthy fats in your diet and the refined/processed oils with whole food fats...and healthy fats like avocado.

The goal is not to eat MORE fat overall (in fact, I would get specifics from the Dr on how much fat per day you should be eating. I would imagine it's near the low end of your SP range)...the goal is to stop eating fats that are not contributing to your health and replace them with fats that will.

Avocados are not the only whole food source of healthy fats. Nuts and seeds are as well.

Edited by: DANNIELLEMARIE at: 3/29/2012 (11:59)
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3/29/12 5:28 A

Fabulous tip, thank you very much!

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3/28/12 6:29 P

Spacebot, the trick is to press the skin on your arm... feel that resistance?

You want the avocado to have the same resistance... not too much, not too little.

It's a little trick I learned at my favorite Mexican restaurant that makes guacamole at the table.

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3/28/12 4:04 P

Why is it that an avocado is only perfectly ripe for about 5 seconds? Every time I buy one, it's rock hard but if I leave it to soften up it's black mush by the time I try and eat it. emoticon

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3/28/12 3:54 P

What's the question? An avocado is a healthy fat, full of fiber, a great addition to one's menu. Sliced on to a salad, in a turkey sandwich, or mashed with a little salsa and spooned onto a taco. Very worthy calories in one's day -Pure HEAVEN!

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3/27/12 11:16 A

Keep in mind that most of the carbs from avocado are fiber! So eat up and get a healthy fat and a bunch of fiber in one serving. I don't pay attention to total daily calories, so I don't know, but this might make an avocado look like more calories than it actually is.

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3/27/12 11:14 A

Thanks for the suggestions. I called my doctor this morning and the nurse clarified it is 1 serving of Avocado...not one whole fruit.....A serving of Avocado is a 1/2 of the fruit.....

This makes it 10x easier to incorporate in my eating plan.

I'm also incorporating the high fiber, steel oat oatmeal, eating almonds, reducing dairy and red meat...and all the other suggestions....but just wondered how other people were handling the I understand :)

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3/27/12 11:13 A

I doubt an avocado a day is going to solve your cholesterol issues. You think to think lifestyle changes and overall fat content of your diet. The fats you incorporate can be healthy ones- stay away from the trans fats and saturated fats. Exercise also has an impact as well as your weight. Trying to get your cholesterol in line for one blood test can be counterproductive if you don't sustain the changes for a lifetime. You don't want to mask the problem. My mother in law takes some of her husbands lipitor for a week before her blood tests because she doesn't want to go on meds- doesn't solve the underlying problem. You could also have bad genes. I would make overall dietary changes that you can sustain and see where things fall. If you have bad genes you might not be able to make an impact just with diet.

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3/27/12 11:00 A

Personally, I'd look at all the ways (through diet and exercise) that there are for lowering cholesterol, and pick a combination of things that would be sustainable long-term for myself. Like, maybe 1/3 to 1/2 an avocado a day, plus oatmeal and olive oil and exercise and a couple other possibilities. Something I could definitely keep doing for years and years.

If you go to the "Health Conditions" tab at the top of this page, under "Condition Centers" there is one for "High Cholesterol"; I'm sure it will give you a lot of ideas.

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3/27/12 10:48 A


There are lots of ways to reduce cholesterol, like eating oatmeal for breakfast. If you really like the idea of an avocado a day, I would suggest working it into your meal plan without increasing your fat. Raising your fat intake means you are increasing your calories, and in turn can increase your weight. Weight loss is another option that reduces cholesterol.


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3/27/12 10:41 A

Soooo....I need to reduce my cholesterol and research suggests that adding 1 avocado a day to your nutrition plan can reduce LDL and Total cholesterol up to 15% in 2 weeks....which I have to do because my doctor is threatening cholesterol meds. if I don't get this under control....blood work being done at the end of April.

My question. Due to the fact that 1 avocado has 27 whopping grams of fat in it...but it is a healthy fat......Should I adjust my Fat intake a little higher so that I'm not blowing my fat content everyday with 2tbsp. of olive oil and 1 avocado? What would you do?

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