Amazing AvocadosBy Toni Fiore • Jan 8th, 2006 • Category: Vegetarian Tips Print
The conventional wisdom of which foods are good and which foods are bad is constantly changing. This is a subject I would like to address in future programs and on this blog. My first pick of 2006 are avocados. For quite some time, avocados have gotten a bad rap, unfairly I might add.
So many people think of avocados as a fat-laden luxury equivalent to mayonaise or even pork. The truth is that the fats found in avocado are heart healthy and an incredibly rich source of cholesterol lowering phytochemicals, similar to those found in olive oil. They are also packed with vitamins E, C, and B, folic acid, riboflavins, and loaded with fiber. The fats found in avocados help your body absorb beta carotene and lutein more efficently than eating carotenoid rich foods without avocado. Thirteen times more in fact.
Though some people fear consuming any fat, you must include heart healthy fats in your diet in order to efficently absord many nutrients. So skip the chips, cheese, fried fast foods, and enjoy one of life’s great pleasures instead. Include avocados as part of your regular diet plan. Your palate and your body will thank you.
Toni Fiore is Toni Fiore was raised by an Italian-American father and a German mother who instilled in her a sociable nature and the love of travel and of good food. She has lived in Italy and Germany and now resides in southern Maine. She is the author of: Totally Vegetarian: Easy, Fast, Comforting Cooking for Every Kind of Vegetarian
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