Outside of Heart Health Month, this one is timely with the Superbowl around the corner — Americans eat 80 million pounds of avocados on Superbowl Sunday … so they’re definitely popular!
Yes, the avocado is a fruit. And, yup, they’re high in fat.
The super healthy fat – monounsaturated – that’s great for the ticker.
And study after study has shown that diets that replace the unhealthy saturated fats with more healthy monounsaturated fats, reduces the risk of heart disease.
The key is to replace these less healthy fats versus simply adding more fat to the diet.
Outside of the healthy monounsaturated fats, though, avocados are also sodium and cholesterol free, yet high in fiber and potassium. They also have almost 20 other vitamins and minerals to make them even better for you.
With Superbowl on the mind, most think of avocados in the form of guacamole…
But here are a few other options.
Use as a sandwich top in place of mayonnaise
Take out the center nut and fill with canned salmon (or tuna) and drizzle with balsamic vinegar, with a sprinkle of salt and pepper
Use as a fat replacement in baking (think of foods like banana bread, zucchini bread, or chocolate based, etc) – equal substitution in place of butter (1/2 cup butter = ½ cup avocado)