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The Healthy Avocado

Did you know the avocado is technically a seeded berry? It’s unlike most fruits because more than three-fourths of its calories come from healthy monounsaturated fat.

Did you know the avocado is technically a seeded berry?  It’s unlike most fruits because more than three-fourths of its calories come from healthy monounsaturated fat.  California and Florida produce most of the crops in the United States.  The Hass, known as the most flavorful, has bumpy, leathery skin and silky flesh. 

Choose an avocado that feels heavy.  If you buy it before it’s ripe, place it in a paper bag (along with a banana or other fruit) for several days.  When it dents under gentle pressure and the skin turns from a dark green to almost black, then it’s ripe. 

To store a cut avocado in the refrigerator, brush the surface with lemon juice and cover tightly.  It can also be mashed and frozen for four months.

Avocados are good for your heart.  Their monounsaturated helps to lower blood cholesterol and may even help to decrease belly fat, which is also a risk factor for heart disease.  Avocadoes contain a compound called beta-sitosterol, which is another way it helps to lower cholesterol.  They contain 14 minerals to stimulate growth, along with iron and copper that are also good for your blood.  They are rich in vitamins C, E (antioxidants), beta-carotene, B vitamins and fiber.  Bananas are known for being a good source of potassium, but half of an avocado contains as much potassium as a small banana. 

Avocados also have more natural nourishing oils than any other fruit.  They make a great facial mask.  Mash enough of one avocado to make a smooth cream for the face.  Leave it on your skin for about 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water. 

For your hair, it is also used for nourishment.  Since hair is mostly made up of proteins and B vitamins, avocados are great for restoring shine and overall health.  Mash an avocado and distribute a thick coat evenly throughout hair; cover with a shower cap and leave on your hair for about 20 minutes.  Then shampoo as usual. 

With Super Bowl Sunday coming up, go ahead and eat plenty of guacamole - just eat baked chips!  If there are any left-overs, treat your skin and hair to a little nourishment!

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  1. Useful information.

  2. Thanks for reading!

  3. Good to read about the benefits. I love avocado, particularly in the summer months.

  4. I didn’t know that it is good for hair too. Thanks for the great share.

  5. Thanks for all your comments.

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