Dr Mercola Wrote a great article on Avocados so we’ll share part of that with you here. If you want the whole article you can get that here: Avocados the most popular fruit in the US
Avocados are one of the most popular fruits in the US; two-thirds of US consumers purchased avocados in the past year, according to the Hass Avocado Board 2014 tracking study.
Among them, 60 percent fell into the “lovers/enthusiasts” category, which means they purchased at least 37, and in some cases more than 120, avocados a year.
This is particularly striking when you consider that during the 1920s – and as late as the 1970s – avocados were thought of more as a luxury item or delicacy than an everyday food.
In fact, the avocados of the early 20th century weren’t known as avocados at all. They were still called “alligator pears,” due to their green bumpy skin, which hardly enticed eaters. In an intriguing article in The Atlantic, it’s revealed that avocados’ rise into “mainstream” meals was not a matter of happenstance.
From receiving a new name to starring in brilliant PR campaigns, avocados were able to rise up out of obscurity, beat the low-fat craze of the ’80s and ’90s, and find their way into the hearts… and stomachs… of Americans.
Why the Growing Popularity of Avocados Is a Very Good Thing
This is one case when PR spin worked in favor of public health. Compared to the 1990s, when the average American ate about 1.5 pounds of avocados a year, in 2012 that had risen to 5 pounds.8 Avocados are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Personally, I eat one almost every day.
Avocados are rich sources of monounsaturated fat that your body can easily burn for energy. Because they are so rich in healthy fats, avocados help your body absorb fat-soluble nutrients from other foods.
One study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that consuming a whole fresh avocado with either an orange-colored tomato sauce or raw carrots significantly enhanced absorption of the carotenoids and conversion of them into an active form of vitamin A.
A 2005 study similarly found that adding avocado to salad allowed the volunteers to absorb three to five times more carotenoid antioxidant molecules, which help protect your body against free radical damage.
Avocados Are Satiating and May Help with Weight Management
Avocados also provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins, and folate, and, according to research published in the Nutrition Journal, eating just one-half of a fresh avocado with lunch may satiate you if you’re overweight, which will help prevent unnecessary snacking later.
Those who ate half an avocado with their standard lunch reported being 40 percent less hungry three hours after their meal, and 28 percent less hungry at the five-hour mark compared to those who did not eat avocado for lunch. The study also found that avocados appear helpful for regulating blood sugar levels.
Avocado is also beneficial for maintaining optimal cholesterol levels. Healthy individuals saw a 16 percent decrease in total cholesterol level following a one-week-long diet high in monounsaturated fat from avocados.
In those with elevated cholesterol levels, the avocado diet resulted in a 17 percent decrease of serum total cholesterol, and a 22 percent decrease of both LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides, along with an 11 percent increase of the so-called “good” HDL cholesterol.
Personally, I eat one avocado a day and have for many years. I also have three avocado trees in my backyard and harvest the fruit from them when I can. I even take them when travelling making sure to take really hard ones, as they will ripen during the trip.
One of my favorite ways to consume them is to put 1/3 of an avocado into 12 ounces of water with my Vegan or Pure Power Protein, shredded coconut, along with my organic greens mix, and my organic psyllium. This really is super delicious and allows me to bypass junk food at the hotels.
Why You Should Put Avocado on Your Burgers…
The next time you’re in the mood for a grass-fed burger, add a few thick slices of avocado. One study found that eating one-half of a medium avocado with a hamburger significantly inhibited the production of the inflammatory compound Interleukin-6 (IL-6), compared to eating a burger without fresh avocado.13
According to lead author David Heber, MD, PhD, the findings offer “promising clues” about avocado’s ability to benefit vascular function and heart health. In fact, there’s good reason to add avocado to virtually any meal, as their healthy fats are vital for optimal brain function, and the prevention of degenerative brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. As noted in Scientific American:
“The brain thrives on a fat-rich, low carbohydrate diet, which unfortunately is relatively uncommon in human populations today,” reports David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain. “Mayo Clinic researchers showed that individuals favoring carbohydrates in their diets had a remarkable 89 percent increased risk for developing dementia as contrasted to those whose diets contained the most fat.
Having the highest levels of fat consumption was actually found to be associated with an incredible 44 percent reduction in risk for developing dementia.” …’Good’ fats include monounsaturated fats, found abundantly in olive oil, peanut oil, hazelnuts, avocados, and pumpkin seeds, and polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 and omega 6), which are found in flaxseed oil, chia seeds, marine algae oil, and walnuts.”