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In the Spirit of inspiriting good health: AVOCADOS
January 15, 2021
In the spirit of inspiring good health, we wanted to share a few tips and tricks when ripening and storing avocados:
- Did you know, there is no need to wait for avocados to ripen to store them in the fridge? When unripe avocados are put in the fridge they eventually ripen. They just ripen at a much slower rate which is good if you’re trying to space them out.
- Timing is everything when it comes to avocados. Here is a guide to ripening avocados: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptkDv3rO4xU
- Avocados do not ripen on the tree; they ripen or “soften” after they have been harvested. To speed up the avocado ripening process we recommend placing unripe avocados in a brown paper bag with an apple or banana for two to three days until they are ripe.
- Why does this work? Find out here:https://loveonetoday.com/how-to/ripen-avocados-faster/
- Once exposed to air, avocados can start to brown and that’s just sad for the avocado and you. Luckily there’s an easy fix! Here is a video on how to protect your uneaten avocado:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhN8nR-QQHE
- Recommended acidic agents to help prevent the avocado from oxidizing include, lime, lemon or orange juice, vinegar, tomatoes or onion.
- You are able to store fresh cut avocados and uncut avocados. Check out this page for more information on storing avocados and guacamole including why avocados oxidize: https://loveonetoday.com/how-to/store-avocados/
Avocados are a nutrient-dense food.
- One-third of a medium avocado (50 g) has 80 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, making it a healthy nutrient-dense choice.
- One-third of a nutrient-dense medium avocado is a good source of fiber.
- How avocados can act as a nutrient booster.
- The unsaturated fat in avocados can act as a “nutrient booster” by helping increase the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, K and E. Avocados naturally contain 6 g of this good fat per serving, making them a unique fruit standout.
- A serving is one-third of a medium avocado.
- Love One Today can provide delicious recipes that can help avocados act as a nutrition booster including this Oven Roasted Salmon with Avocado Citrus Salsa!
- NEW STUDY: Does avocado consumption improve cognitive function?
- Eating avocados, a highly bioavailable source of the xanthophyll lutein, has been shown to improve retinal lutein accumulation and cognitive function.
- Daily avocado intake over 12 weeks, after controlling for covariates, improved attentional inhibition and increased serum lutein concentrations among overweight and obese adults.
- Read more about the trail here.
- Shift to a healthier lifestyle: Eat avocados!
- The avocado, a nutrient-dense and versatile fruit, contributes nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds that can enhance the nutrient quality of the diet.
- Per 50g serving (about one-third of a medium avocado), the avocado provides 6% of the daily value (DV) for potassium and 11% of the DV for fiber, two nutrients that are under-consumed by Americans.
- The body needs potassium to help build muscle, break down and use carbohydrates, and dietary fiber adds bulk to the diet and can help one feel full faster and longer, which may help to manage weight.
Fresh Avocados – Love One Today is a Nutrition Research program from the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) to increase awareness and improve understanding of the unique benefits of avocados to human health and nutrition.