A Super Food

avocado“Super foods” come and go in popularity. One that is currently “in” is one that I eat everyday… avocado. You can have it on a salad (which I do at lunch), add it to a turkey sandwich, or in the popular snack of guacamole.

What’s In It?

According to WebMD.com, they are “Nutrient All-Stars” …“Avocados offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving, including potassium (which helps control blood pressure), lutein (which is good for your eyes), and folate (which is crucial for cell repair and during pregnancy). Avocados are a good source of B vitamins, which help you fight off disease and infection. They also give you vitamins C and E, plus natural plant chemicals that may help prevent cancer. Avocados are low in sugar. And they contain fiber, which helps you feel full longer. In one study, people who added a fresh avocado half to their lunch were less interested in eating during the next three hours.”

Fat and Calories

They add, “Avocados are high in fat. But it’s monounsaturated fat, which is a “good” fat that helps lower bad cholesterol, as long as you eat them in moderation.
Avocados have a lot of calories. The recommended serving size is smaller than you’d expect: 1/5 of a medium avocado (or 1 ounce) is 50 calories.”

My Treeavocados

No wonder I have so many avocado “customers” for fruit from my tree (who greet me NOT with “How’s the family?” but with “How’s the avocado tree this year?” And these are not tiny, Haas avocados… they are usually the size of a small football — and tasty!

How do YOU eat your avocados?

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8 thoughts on “A Super Food

  1. George,
    Avocado is Andrea’s favorite food also!!

    Ken – “Great mouths think alike”? tks, george

  2. Your tree looks just like mine! Funny, I get the same question as some years are sparse, some abundant. Everyone says pur Avos taste like butter!

    Christine – we have mostly been in an every-other-year cycle with good fruiting. also, see Marc’s comment too. george

  3. One of my favorite foods, too. I get the pre-packaged guacamole at the grocery store which in the end doesn’t cost any more than whole avocados at $1.00 each. Avocado trees in Denver are a rarity!!

    Mike – when you come to Naples, i give you one of my Giants. george

  4. Good stuff George, and thank you for all your shared avocados over the years!

    Couple of things not in order of importance:

    In India they call avocado “butter-fruit”, always really liked that name for it.

    Fat content within food is nothing we need to be afraid of.
    Additional added fats to real food is what tends to upset the apple cart for most.

    In regards to health and avocados, In Naples you have a real front runner to pay attention to. His name is DR. David Perlmutter. Not only does he have a very recent NYT best seller…. but his motto is an avocado a day (Yours are too big to qualify George :-))

    And for those living in the sun daily….avocado provides a host of additional benefits for dehydrated skin not often even mentioned in general literature.

    Lastly, the power of avocados also comes from their ability to enhance the bioavailability of fat soluble vitamins and phytochemicals in other fruits and vegetables. Marc

    Marc – thanks for the words of wisdom from the Food Mavin with his own website: http://feelgoodeating.com! george

  5. I have been eating avocados regularly ever since you gave me one last year. I am
    hooked in fact I bought a new one yesterday. I eat them in salads mostly but
    did have one on a sandwich and also in an omelet recently with ham and cheese.
    I made a great dip with the first once from you last year! Your tree looks great
    and thanks for getting me into the wonderful world of the Avocado. Phil

    Phil – Have never tried with eggs! i will now. tks. george

  6. I must be REALLY healthy! As you know I love avocados and do eat them almost daily—thanks to you, George! However, I have never eaten the “recommended serving” —it is always much more than that!!!
    Keep that tree living!!

    Marty – i too did the math on how much more i eat than the “recommended” and was astonished! george

  7. At around 250-300 calories per normal size avocado, the “recommended serving size” is obviously incorrect. Much like “recommended serving size” of 6-8 ounces of grain per day . But thats a story for another time 🙂

  8. We love avocados & Mike has gotten into the habit of putting them in his protein shakes in the morning. They really make the shakes smooth & creamy & best of all they are soooo healthy ! Thanks for the Avocados, & the blog!
    Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks,
    Tonja Dahm

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