Is Avocados' Fat Good for You?

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    Dec 18, 2015 6:30 PM GMT
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    NYT: Studies suggest a variety of health benefits from eating avocados.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/18/ask-well-are-avocados-good-for-you/?ref=health
  • jeepguySD

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    Dec 18, 2015 11:26 PM GMT
    Thanks for posting. I eat a whole avocado about once per week. I've read elsewhere about the benefits of eating avocado, and it is nice to see that reinforced.
  • FredMG

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    Dec 19, 2015 12:08 AM GMT
    Kind of a bunch of no-brainer statements in the article - just like other foods high in monounsaturated fats: decrease LDL levels in the blood, high in calories, and not a magic pill to fix a crappy diet.
  • LJay

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    Dec 19, 2015 12:26 AM GMT
    Magic only happens in fantasy novels and video games. Avocados are not harmful and can be damned tasty, but, like everything else, should not be consumed in large quantities.

    They sure are good with lemon juice and some salt!
  • FRE0

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    Dec 19, 2015 12:52 AM GMT
    Years ago I read that avocados are not healthful. However, dietary recommendations are constantly changing.
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    Dec 19, 2015 5:46 AM GMT
    Avocado. Ick. Nothing ruins my sushi more than that. It tastes heavy and I hate the texture.
  • kellito14

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    Dec 19, 2015 11:54 AM GMT
    what about avocado dip that is homemade?
  • leanandclean

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    Dec 19, 2015 1:53 PM GMT
    I like a moderate amount of guacamole every day but too much avocado is blech.
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    Dec 19, 2015 2:19 PM GMT
    Poly and mono fats are essential for good cardiac, and brain, health. Everyone should be eating them.
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    Dec 19, 2015 2:20 PM GMT
    FRE0 saidYears ago I read that avocados are not healthful. However, dietary recommendations are constantly changing.

    You hit the nail on the head - "recommendations are constantly changing".

    Eat eggs, don't eat eggs, eat eggs. Drink milk, don't drink milk, drink milk. And so on and so on. After a while you just wanna close your ears to these ever-changing recommendations. Because next year it'll change back again, and you'll be told you've been doing it wrong by following the last set of recommendations. icon_confused.gif

    I love avocados and always ate them. Then I read they were bad for you, as you did. So I stopped. Now I'm reading that they're good again. I've got one ripening in the kitchen right now, will eat it tonight or tomorrow.

    My real downfall is that I like to eat them with mayonnaise, which definitely can be fattening. But don't anybody lecture me about the evils of mayonnaise. Next week it'll be on the "do eat" list and you'll all be rushing to buy some. icon_rolleyes.gif

    LOL!
  • LJay

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    Dec 19, 2015 4:55 PM GMT
    Art, there is nothing evil about mayonnaise any more than there is about avocados. What is not good is eating too much of them or anything else.

    I'm sorry, but I am fed up to my gills about this or that food being a bad thing. Food is good. It is fun. It tastes good. It makes life a bit more interesting. It has infinite variety. It is a great way to nurture friendships.

    Though we have many in the US who do not get enough food, there are also many who get too much. Things should even out.

    End of of rant. Now have an avocado once in a while and smile.



    PS: 'Tis the season that we hear from food banks asking for donations. Next time your fortunate self wanders through the grocery store how about picking up an extra half dozen ans of durable nutrition and giving them to a food bank. These folks are secular saints, often volunteers and care in action.
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    Dec 19, 2015 5:36 PM GMT
    LJay saidArt, there is nothing evil about mayonnaise any more than there is about avocados. What is not good is eating too much of them or anything else.

    I'm sorry, but I am fed up to my gills about this or that food being a bad thing. Food is good. It is fun. It tastes good. It makes life a bit more interesting. It has infinite variety. It is a great way to nurture friendships.

    Though we have many in the US who do not get enough food, there are also many who get too much. Things should even out.

    End of of rant. Now have an avocado once in a while and smile.



    PS: 'Tis the season that we hear from food banks asking for donations. Next time your fortunate self wanders through the grocery store how about picking up an extra half dozen ans of durable nutrition and giving them to a food bank. These folks are secular saints, often volunteers and care in action.


    I don't think there's any group of charities that do better work than America's food banks.

    http://www.forgottenharvest.org/
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    Dec 19, 2015 7:38 PM GMT
    I love avocados so much. I feel so blessed to live in a house with a avocado tree in the backyard icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 20, 2015 4:43 AM GMT
    Olive oil mayo has polys and monos. A bit of saturated isn't going to nail you. You need variety.
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    Dec 20, 2015 6:51 AM GMT
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    NYT: Studies suggest a variety of health benefits from eating avocados.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/18/ask-well-are-avocados-good-for-you/?ref=health


    Here in Hawaii, I grow three different types of avocado. That being said, the health benefits are there but from a medical perspective you should follow the golden rule...everything in moderation. We always look for things that will make us, live longer, look younger, gain more lean muscle.... and the key is moderation in what you eat and the lifestyle you follow with a careful balance between dietary compliance and strength and cardio training while maintaining a well balanced personal and professional life. As an aging society, we would all do well to take these points into consideration.
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    LJay said
    PS: 'Tis the season that we hear from food banks asking for donations. Next time your fortunate self wanders through the grocery store how about picking up an extra half dozen ans of durable nutrition and giving them to a food bank. These folks are secular saints, often volunteers and care in action.

    On Friday I attended a large Christmas party, and you were expected to bring non-perishable food items for "Poverello", a local food pantry and non-profit thrift store that focuses on needy HIV/AIDS clients. We brought a couple of big bags of stuff. The CEO of Poverello was there, a lovely guy with whom we often socialize, along with his Pantry Director.

    Saturday morning we swung by there on other business, just as the Poverello commercial van was loading the food from the night before to take to their pantry. This big van was packed! We were so pleased for them.

    This same pantry (it used to be called a food bank, but apparently had to comply with some Florida state provision and became a "pantry"), also used to have an annual turkey drive before Thansksgiving. And we would give them money to buy a certain number of turkeys.

    But then they realized that people who are very poor may not have the means to prepare a whole turkey. And it may be too much for a disabled person living alone. Nor does a Thanksgiving turkey feed them on Christmas, too.

    So now they have a holiday food drive, not just for Thanksgiving, and accept money only. The pantry decides what foods best meet the needs of individual clients, and distribute it throughout the holiday season. We give the Pantry Director a few hundred dollars. I wish it could be a few thousand, but we're not that wealthy, with other worthy charities we help as well.

    So I strongly endorse your recognition of food pantries (or banks). Call your local one and see what they need. Like ours, you may find they're as interested in simple money as canned goods. Or learn what non-perishables they need the most. And it's not too late for this year's season, or year-round, for that matter, because people need to eat 365 days.
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    Dec 20, 2015 7:35 PM GMT
    Oh! Good grief! Avocados have been a staple of daily diet forever. You people must not be in California. LOL

    Only problem is that the modern produce marketing has diminished the varieties available in the supermarket, so that one's favorites have been driven out by the ubiquitous (but still good) Haas variety.

    However, they have long been recognized as a quite healthy food.

    And the funniest line in movies about avocados was delivered by Barbra Streisand in The Way We Were, when she is saying goodbye to her girl friend in the bar in LAX and voicing her bitter disillusion with the failure of her romance with Robert Redford. Worth watching the movie for it!
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    Dec 23, 2015 7:00 PM GMT
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    FRE0 saidYears ago I read that avocados are not healthful. However, dietary recommendations are constantly changing.

    You hit the nail on the head - "recommendations are constantly changing".

    Eat eggs, don't eat eggs, eat eggs. Drink milk, don't drink milk, drink milk. And so on and so on. After a while you just wanna close your ears to these ever-changing recommendations.

    Drink coffee, don't drink coffee, drink coffee.

    The funny thing is that people who worry about the health benefits of supposed health foods are the most likely to reach for the Cheetos anyway.