Posts Tagged ‘Avocados’

Holy Guacamole!!!

February 5, 2011

The BIG game is upon us. What are you going to serve? There seems to be a misunderstanding about some of the foods involved. Yes there are plenty of BAD foods. But there is also the inevitable silver lining. Yes, I’m talking about Guacamole!

Guacamole in some circles gets a bad rap. Isn’t it high in fat? High in calories??

Let’s talk first about the nutritional benefits of Avocados. Avocados are the basic ingredient of guacamole.

  • About 75% of an avocado’s calories do come from fat. But most of that is monounsaturated fat.
  • Avocados also have 60% more potassium than bananas. They are rich in B vitamins, vitamin E and K.
  • Avocados are high in fiber.

High avocado intake has been shown to benefit cholesterol levels. Lowering LDLs and raising HDLs. And by the way this is due to its high level of monounsaturated fats.

Now the bad news. Yes the calorie count is something to take notice of. 1 tablespoon of guacamole dip has 94 calories while a whole cup (how can you eat just one tablespoon) has a whopping 1500 calories.

So if you’re going to indulge in dips while cheering on your favorite team. Pass the guac and the leave the other dips for everyone else.

A special thanks goes out to Al for inspiring this blog.

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