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Created on: 01/03/13 12:46 PM Views: 739 Replies: 2
Let's talk about Avocado's, please.
Posted Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Avocado's.... should they be in? should they be limited? are they nutritious or just high in fat? Guacamole is so delicious however when one person eats two or three avocados at a time how many calories is that representing?

RE: Let's talk about Avocado's, please.
Posted Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM

CMcIntosh wrote:

Avocado's.... should they be in? should they be limited? are they nutritious or just high in fat? Guacamole is so delicious however when one person eats two or three avocados at a time how many calories is that representing?

Definitely limited if you're looking for low fat and/or weight loss. They are nutritious but so are a lot of other lower fat items. Our own homemade guac (which is basically just mashed avocado with a bit of lime juice, unless we're feeling 'fancy') is usually 2 avocados for 4 people, not 2 avocadoes per person. As far as calories, also consider that you're probably not just eating it by the spoonful (then again, maybe you are) but are likely using some sort of "dipper" like corn tortilla chips as well. That really ups the calorie count as well. If you need the calories/fat - pregnant, underweight, heavy exerciser (marathon, weight lifting etc), then avocado is fine as an add-on to a salad or wrap and such. But, it should be an occasional 'treat' not a daily thing generally speaking.

--DebR

RE: Let's talk about Avocado's, please.
Posted Friday, January 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM

There's a great recipe for low-fat guacamole here:
http://www.nutritionmd.org/recipes/view.html?recipe_id=1183

I use this in my Cancer Project cooking classes and everyone always likes it. The surprising ingredient is green peas!


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