Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Amazing Avocado

"With the blazing days of summer surrounding us, I am sure that you are all in search for a light, breezy food harboring the ability ward away unwanted muffin tops and hungry bellies (for those that are not familiar with the term ‘muffin top’, it is the less-than-sought-after resemblance of one’s stomach fat protruding over one’s bottom apparel like a gooey breakfast food… yes, it can be unpleasant)."

     The avocado’s popularity seems to have recently skyrocketed and is being recognized for its involvement in current culinary trends. You’ve probably had avocado in your favorite guacamole recipe, or may have heard the avocado buzz spreading through public media, such as Subway restaurant promotions. What you may not be aware of is how diverse this mighty little food can be.
     These little dark green, egg-shaped treasures have migrated from Central America to our refrigerators here in the States. Technically classified as a fruit, avocados are essentially a large berry from a flowering tree with a single large seed in its core (pit), and can only thrive in subtropical temperatures; unfortunately, this means that growing them in your gardens may present a large challenge, but there are great organic varieties available in your favorite grocery. Avocados are most sought after for their butter-like texture, which is easily spread and digested.
     Avocados are pump out with nutritional values that everyone can benefit from. These fruits are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, preventing many types of heart disease, and their unique blend of Vitamins A & C, selenium and zinc provide anti-inflammatory properties, aiding in all types of arthritis. Avocados containing 18 amino acids to help form complete protein, and because they also contains fiber, it’s super easy to digest.
    Many people steer away from avocados because they have high fat content, but in reality, they are the type of fats that the body requires. Like olive oil, they have good fats which boost good cholesterol (HDL), helping prevent diabetes. Consuming more HDL cholesterol helps reduce levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body… so, with all of these outstanding health benefits, why wouldn’t you eat them?!

Kristin Finkbeiner, 2013 Summer Associate

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