Avocado

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About Avocados

The avocado is a tree native to Mexico and Central America.  An avocado is the fruit of the tree.  Avocados have been used at a source of food as early as 10,000 BC.

Why do we use Avocados in our Recipes?

Avocados have a lot of health benefits associated with them including containing healthy fats (e.g. alpha-linolenic acid and oleic acid – omega 3’s).  They are also a good source of fiber, vitamin K, B vitamins, potassium, vitamin E, lutein, and vitamin C.

When adding avocados to your smoothie, remove the peel and the pit.  Blenders don’t like the pits.  Avocado will also make your smoothie creamier.

SMOOTHIE TRICK

Avocados go bad really fast after you have cut the peel.  Most of our recipes call for 1/4 avocado.  Don’t let the other 3/4 go bad.  Do this: Skin the avocado, peel it, cut it into fourths, then freeze it.  Add frozen avocado to the recipe.  That will save you money and also ensure you have it available.

Nutrition Facts

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Avocado scores well for 15 health goals

This ingredient was scored for various health goals Learn more.

The Research

Inflammation: Score 94

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Human: Avocado modulates post meal vascular reactivity and post meal inflammatory responses to a hamburger meal in healthy volunteers. In Vitro: It reduces inflammation in chondrocytes. It has a protective effect against inflammation within articular chondrocytes.

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Arthritis (Osteo): Score 90

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It is safe and effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee and hip.

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Cholesterol: Score 90

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Are a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, a type of fat that may actually help raise HDL (good) cholesterol while lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol. More than any other fruit, this delectable food packs cholesterol-smashing beta-sitosterol, a beneficial plant-based fat that reduces the amount of cholesterol absorbed from food.

Thyroid: Score 90

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B vitamins have a potential association with thyrotoxicosis. Magnesium prevents exercise induced reduction in thyroid hormone.

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Contains B Vitamins, B2 (15% RDA), B3 (17% RDA), B5 (28% RDA), B6 (26% RDA) and magnesium (15% RDA).

Asthma: Score 88

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Contains B6 (26% RDA), which significantly improves symptoms of bronchial asthma and reduces the need for bronchodilators and cortisone. Contains magnesium (15% RDA), which reduces hospital admissions and improves lung function in adults with asthma. It also significantly improves severe acute asthma in children.

Blood Pressure: Score 88

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Avocado are high in potassium, which helps your blood pressure to naturally lower. Avocados contains a unique fatty alcohol, called avocadene, which has a curative property for a number of ailments including high blood pressure. Potassium research: They are high in potassium, which helps to naturally reduce your blood pressure.

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Circulatory System (Cardiovascular): Score 88

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Avocado inhibited platelet aggregation and may prevent thrombus formation.

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Erectile Dysfunction: Score 88

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Avocado inhibited platelet aggregation and may prevent thrombus formation.

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Liver: Score 86

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Animal: Avocado reduces the bad effects of oxidative stress in the liver.

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Cancer: Score 84

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In Vitro: Avocado inhibits prostate cancer cell growth. It has chemopreventive properties. Avocatin B found in avocado induced selective leukemia cell death. It inhibits human oral cancer cell proliferation. It has an anti-cancer effect on esophageal and colon cancer cells.

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Immune System: Score 84

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In Vitro: It has significant anti-Candida and larvicidal activity.

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Prostate: Score 84

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In Vitro: It inhibits prostate cancer cell growth.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Score 84

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In Vitro: Avocado reduces inflammation in cartilage cells. It has a protective effect against inflammation with articular cartilage cells.

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Candida (Fungal Infections): Score 82

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In Vitro: It has significant anti-Candida and larvicidal activity.

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Leukemia: Score 82

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In Vitro: Avocado induced selective leukemia cell death.

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How Our Scoring System Works

For each health goal, we assigned a score to each recipe and each ingredient. This helps you better understand the correlation that medical research is suggesting between foods and benefits to various health goals. Our scoring system is based on REAL RESEARCH published on pubmed.gov. This is a website that curates over 25 million different biomedical journals.

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What we consider when creating your scores:

  • 1Type of Study (human, animal, lab, or academic review)
  • 2Amount of Research
  • 3What the Research Says
  • 4How much of the ingredient we use (for the recipes)
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