The Skinny on Avocados and Weight Maintenance
If you're on a diet or want to drop a few pounds, avocados are all right to incorporate into your diet. Losing weight requires eating fewer calories than you burn off. A 50g serving of avocados contains 80 calories, so you can easily fit them into a calorie-reduced eating plan. Just look for ways to substitute avocados for foods that do not deliver lots of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
Choose Avocados for Your Weight Management or Type 2 Diabetes Diet
- Avocados contain 80 calories per 50g serving.
- When used instead of other fats avocados can be part of a calorie-reduced diet.
- Avocados make a great nutrient-boosting breakfast item, when combined with eggs they also make a great post-workout snack. Avocados contribute good, unsaturated fat and are a good source of fiber, while the eggs provide high-quality protein that encourages muscle tissue repair and growth.
- Avocados are sugar-free; moreover they have the least amount of sugar per serving than any other fresh fruit.
- Plus, over 75% of the fat in an avocado is unsaturated fat, making them a great substitute for foods high in saturated fat.
Working out? Potassium can help. Potassium is an electrolyte. Your body loses electrolytes as you sweat that need to be replaced. You also need potassium to help build muscle, break down and use carbohydrates. Avocados contain 250 mg of potassium per 50g serving. In addition, avocados are a good source of fiber with 6g of naturally good fats to help you stay full and energized for all your activities throughout the day.
LEARN HOW TO PICK AND BUY FRESH AVOCADOS.
Pick & Buy Fresh Avocados
How to Pick the Perfect Avocado - How to Know When a Fresh Avocado is Ripe
Indicators of Ripeness
Let Sam the Cooking Guy explain - watch the video
Note: Avocado color does not always indicate ripeness. Ripe avocados will yield to firm gentle pressure in the palm of your hand.
Step 2 - Place the avocado in the palm of your hand.
Step 3 - Gently squeeze without applying your fingertips as this can cause bruising and feel.
Ripe: If the avocado yields to firm gentle pressure you know it's ripe and ready-to-eat.
Unripe: If the avocado does not yield to gentle pressure it is considered still "firm" and will be ripe in a couple of days.
Overripe: If the avocado feels mushy or very soft to the touch it may be very ripe to overripe. Learn more about how to tell if an avocado is overripe or unsafe to eat.
Practice makes perfect - if it's your first time selecting avocados, try choosing a couple of avocados that yield to gentle pressure to see how they differ in taste. Or try purchasing an unripe avocado, checking it every day for 2 - 3 days as it softens. Practice will help you learn what to look for when you're in the store.