Did You Know – Avocado’s
Did you know that the Avocado is a fruit, not a vegetable, and it is one of the few fruits that contain healthy unsaturated fat? These fats are what help to lower our bad LDL cholesterol when eaten in place of saturated fat.
Avocados are usually harvested before they are ripe. When you purchase them, if they are not ripe yet, place them in a paper bag with an apple or a banana for 2-3 days. It will be ready to eat when the stem comes off easily and when it can be pressed in slightly with your finger.
One avocado contains about 240 calories, 13 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams protein, 22 grams fat, 10 grams fiber, 11 milligrams sodium and contains no cholesterol. One serving of a medium avocado (half of the fruit) has more potassium than a medium banana, 487 mg in the avocado and 422 mg in the banana.
The monounsaturated fat in avocados is stable in high heat and can be used not only in cooking but also in baking. Pureed avocado can be substituted for butter or oil in baking recipes, using a 1:1 ratio (1 cup butter = 1 cup avocado). What a great way to sneak something healthy into your recipes.
Did you know you that you can mash a ripe avocado and use it as a facial mask as it has a high content of hydrating oils and vitamin E? That is the only way I would be able to use an avocado as I am not fond of avocados, shocking I know!
Source: Harvard T.H. Chan
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