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    Get an A for Avocado
    Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP posted:
    I love salads and one of the best ways to top one off is with a few slices of avocado. Now, before you run for the hills sweating the amount of fat in an avocado, I want to comfort you by setting the record straight. Avocados are absolutely terrific foods and you're really missing out if you don't include them in your diet.

    They're a fabulous source of Vitamin K, fiber, Vitamin B6, folate, copper and---here's the an eye-popper--- there's over 877 grams of potassium in one avocado. Compare that to 470 grams of potassium in a banana, and you have much less sugar (avocado has 20 gr carb minus 16 gr fiber = 4 gr net carb).

    Avocados are also a concentrated source of the carotenoid lutein, as well as other caroteins and Vitamin E. Studies have shown that avocados can help protect against breast cancer while they also inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells.

    Of course you know that avocados have fat, but it's really healthy fat. You don't need much on your salad or in your cooking. An average avocado contains 30 gr fat, of which 20 are health-friendly monounsaturated fats (including oleic acid). Don't sweat the 300 cals per avocado since you never eat the whole thing. All you need is one third sliced up on your salad and you're in business.

    And here's the final coup de gras. Adding avocado to your salad will not only provide that awesome creamy flavor and increase your satisfaction and fullness from the food, but it will increase your body's ability to absorb all of the wonderful caretonoids found in the other vegetables you're eating in the salad. Hey, what's not to love about avocados?

    OK, get slicin'.

    Dr Peeke
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    Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
    One of my children hates avocados. The rest of the family thinks "more for me!"

    I like to put them on veggie sandwiches.
    Kappy25 responded:
    Avocados are my favorite!!!!!! I'll eat half of one with a turkey sandwich instead of chips! It feels me up with out leaving me sluggish!
    feduptwice replied to Kappy25's response:
    I always try to use them whenever i can, i like them when they are still a little bit on the hard side
    Lindi123 responded:
    What about the whole body cleansing (Enzymatic) diet or such process etc and /or parasite cleanser from the nutrition store ? what do you think about that??

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