Tricks to getting the right pick!

It can be tricky trying to pick an avocado at the perfect time for eating.  No one wants to pick avocado to discover it isn’t ready to be eaten! An avocado decides when it’s ready to be eaten, and not the other way around!!  Check out this easy trick to determine when your avocado is ready to be eaten, click the link below!!!

Picking avocados that are ripe!!

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Avocado Wings!

With the football season being 10 days away, we want everyone to be prepared to enjoy a new twist on an old football game favorite: Buffalo Wings!! Check out the link below for an Avocado Buffalo Wing recipe, which is a nice alternative for any and all veggie fans!!

Avocado Buffalo Wings!

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Get more out of your food

“Our initial findings show that a greater level of carotenoids from a novel high beta-carotene tomato variety are absorbed and converted to vitamin A when consumed with Hass avocados compared to no avocados,” said Dr. Schwartz. “Hass avocados seem to have a natural ability to boost the body’s absorption, conversion and delivery of more nutrients.”

-Dr. Steven Schwartz, Functional Foods Professor, Carl E Haas Endowed Chair, and Rachel Kopec, PhD graduate student at the Ohio State University, presenting preliminary findings from their study looking at whether carotenoids (specifically beta-carotene) in foods are better absorbed into the body when eaten in combination with one Hass avocado.

Avocados and your heart

Knowing which fats raise LDL (bad) cholesterol and which ones don’t is the first step in lowering your risk of heart disease. In addition to the LDL produced naturally by your body, saturated fat, trans-fatty acids and dietary cholesterol can also raise blood cholesterol. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats appear to not raise LDL cholesterol.

Cholesterol can’t dissolve in the blood. It has to be transported to and from the cells by carriers called lipoproteins. Low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, is known as “bad” cholesterol. High-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is known as “good” cholesterol.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but a healthy diet and exercise plan may help reduce your risk of developing the life-threatening illness.

The American Heart Association (AHA) Dietary Guidelines recommend a diet that has at least five servings of fruits and vegetables, contains up to 30% of calories from fats (primarily unsaturated) and is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, trans fats and sodium while being rich in potassium. Avocados can help you meet the AHA dietary guidelines because they have both monosaturated and polyunsaturated fat and contain potassium.

Source of potassium

Avocado is a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure. Adequate intake of potassium can help guard against circulatory diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke.

Diets containing foods that are good sources of potassium and low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. One cup of avocado has about 23% of the Daily Value for folate, a nutrient important for heart health.