Did you know a small pilot study found that eating one-half of a fresh medium Hass avocado with a hamburger significantly inhibited the production of the inflammatory compound Interleukin-6  ( interleukin  acts as both a pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory and is one of the most important mediators of fever and of the acute phase response) , compared to eating a burger without fresh avocado. 

Additionally, the study found that when fresh Hass avocado was eaten with the burger it did not increase triglyceride levels beyond what was observed after eating the burger alone, despite the extra calories and fat from the fresh avocado…   Mercolo.com

 

Did you know that an avocado provides all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein.

Avocadoes provide the healthy kind of fat that your body needs. Like olive oil, avocadoes boost levels of HDL (the “good” cholesterol).

Avocadoes are an excellent source of carotenoids. Although many people associate carotenoids (yellow & red pigmant) only with red and orange produce, avocadoes are also an excellent source of this phytonutrient (compound in a plant that is beneficial to the effects of the body).  The combined effect of the deluxe package of nutrients contained in avocadoes offers powerful anti-inflammatory benefits.

The fat content, which causes some uninformed health “experts” to deem avocadoes as unhealthy, actually provides protection against heart diseases.

To get the most nutritional value from avocadoes, avoid those which have become over-ripe. You can identify these at the store because they will have dents and feel overly soft when you hold them.

I just recently became acquainted with the Avocado.  I never really was a fan.  I think the biggest reason was I did not know how to eat it or when it was deemed ripe.  Here is a great tip

“A ripe avocado should have no dents in its skin and will feel slightly soft when squeezed. You can also buy unripe avocadoes, which feel very hard when gripped, and permit them to ripen at home. The portion of the avocado closest to the skin is the most dense in nutrients, so be sure to scrape the skin clean before discarding it.”

There are many ways to eat an avocado. You can it just as is or you may add it to many different recipes.

Paleo OMG  has many delicious recipes

Civilized Caveman has a super yummy hamburg recipe

Fast Paleo Wow you can even add avocado to dessert recipes. See this brownie one from fast paleo.

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