The New Rules Of Healthy Cooking

slide_350680_3769613_freeWhy you should cook with some packaged foods—and how a once maligned fat is staging a comeback. Lynn Andriani

Old rule: Butter is evil.

New rule: Butter belongs in your kitchen. “Butter is back,” declared food writer Mark Bittman in The New York Times earlier this year, citing new research showing there’s no evidence to support the idea that saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease. Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz devotes an entire book to the subject in her just-released The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. And Mitzi Dulan, RD, team nutritionist for the Kansas City Royals baseball team, says she uses butter at home for certain dishes—a grilled cheese sandwich is one—since studies show that saturated fat isn’t as bad as we once thought. As we all know, moderation is key, but we no longer need to “demonize” the ingredient that has long been a favorite among chefs and home cooks alike.

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Bribing a Baby with Food

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Today, we’re sharing an adorable video of a baby girl taking her first steps. Guess what her motivation is… an avocado of course. Sometimes it’s necessary to bribe your kids and using the tastiest fruit in the world can apparently do the trick. Enjoy!


McDonald’s Tests Guacamole Burger, Side

2014-05-15-McD_GuacamoleBurger1-thumbMcDonald’s is borrowing an item from Chipotle Mexican Grill’s pantry and is testing guacamole not only as a burger topping but as a separate side dish as well.

In Denver, McDonald’s is offering a Guacamole Burger topped with a Hass avocado guacamole, pico de gallo, lettuce and white cheddar, served on the glossy artisan bun the chain introduced with its Bacon Clubhouse burger. Crispy or grilled chicken versions of the sandwich, with the same toppings, also are available.

The new burger is a high-end item, priced at $4.79, according to the chain.

The interesting wrinkle is that for 89¢ McDonald’s will put guacamole on any other sandwich, including breakfast sandwiches. For the same price consumers can get a separate serving of guacamole to use as a dip for fries (just as Chipotle and other Mexican-menu restaurants offer tortilla chips with guacamole)…

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Expect to Pay More for Some Groceries Due to Calif. Drought

droughtTEMPE, Ariz. — With California experiencing one of its worst droughts on record, grocery shoppers across the country can expect to see a short supply of certain fruits and vegetables in stores and to pay higher prices for those items. Professor Timothy Richards of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University recently completed some research on which crops will likely be most affected and what the price boosts might be.

“You’re probably going to see the biggest produce price increases on avocados, berries, broccoli, grapes, lettuce, melons, peppers, tomatoes and packaged salads,” says Richards, the Morrison Chair at the Morrison School of Agribusiness within the W. P. Carey School of Business. “We can expect to see the biggest percentage jumps in prices for avocados and lettuce – 28 percent and 34 percent, respectively. People are the least price-sensitive when it comes to those items, and they’re more willing to pay what it takes to get them.”…

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2014′s “Dirty Dozen,” How Safe Are Our Fruits and Vegetables?


Before you learn which ones are considered to be in the “Dirty Dozen, ” please know that the Environmental Working Group  determined Avocados to be the CLEANEST fruit or veggie, with only 1% of all tested having a pesticide presence detected :) On with it…

(ENVIRONMENT/GREEN) The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released their 2014 list of fruits and vegetables with the most and least pesticide residue. Apple lovers may not be too happy about their findings, but guacamole fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

For more than a decade, the Washington watchdog group has published an annual guide to help consumers make more informed choices in the produce section of their grocery store. Read the rest of the article HERE

Avocados Really Are Great For the Heart!!!



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New research exploring the potential effects of Hass avocado consumption on emerging cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors was presented at the American Society for Nutrition Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2014 (EB).


Li Wang, PhD Candidate, Pennsylvania State University, presented, “Avocado consumption decreases LDL particle number and small, dense LDL cholesterol in overweight and obese subjects,” at the Dietary Bioactive Components: Cardiovascular Effects of Dietary Bioactive Components session on Saturday morning, April 26. The research was based on a clinical study that investigated whether eating one Hass avocado every day as part of a moderate fat diet (34 percent fat) had a beneficial effect on risk factors for CVD among healthy overweight and obese subjects, compared to a similar moderate fat diet without avocados, and a lower fat diet. The researchers, Wang and primary investigator, Penny Kris Etherton, PhD, RD, found that relative to baseline, although all three diets lowered LDL cholesterol (LDL-C), only the avocado diet significantly decreased low density lipoprotein particle number (LDL-P); there was no significant change in LDL-P with the moderate fat diet without avocado or the low fat diet. Researchers also observed that the avocado diet significantly lowered small, dense LDL cholesterol (a more atherogenic subclass of LDL) and oxidized LDL (atherogenic modified LDL particle). The study was supported by the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) and was also nominated as one of five finalists for the Clinical Emerging Leader Award Competition…

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Plan Ahead: Fallbrook’s Avocado Festival is Here Again!

This avocado celebration features some pretty unconventional ways to eat the fruit: avocado fudge, avocado gelato, avocado tamales, avocado cookies and even avocado latte.

There are also plenty of avocado-themed activities, like the Avo 500, a contest that invites kids to make a car out of an avocado and race it against fellow competitors.

And if you don’t like avocados, there will be carnival rides for kids, local dance groups on a community stage, a beer garden, locally handmade items for sale and more.

Details: Fallbrook Avocado Festival. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Along Main Street, downtown Fallbrook. Free. (760) 728-5845 or details.

Tomatoes, Cinnamon, Avocados: Make the most of nature’s medicine cabinet

138539[1]DON’T let insect bites, sunburn, nausea and an upset tummy ruin your annual break. These 10 natural healers will ensure a happy and healthy holiday.

Ginger and honey have long been used to help alleviate the symptoms of coughs and colds but you might be more surprised to hear that Coco-Cola is also a “natural” healer.

The fizzy soft drink can take the pain out of wasps stings, while tomatoes can reduce the swelling and itching of insect bites, according to pharmacist and Silver Travel Advisor writer Dave Harcombe.

Ordinary foods such as these can be a life-saving medical aid and can be particularly useful when you are travelling and away from your medicine cabinet.

Simple, natural and inexpensive ingredients such avocados and salt can be used to treat many conditions you might experience on your holidays.

“It’s well worth knowing some of the healing properties of common foods when travelling,” said Dave Harcombe.

“Conventional medicines aren’t always available, pharmacies may be closed when you need them, labels may be written in an unfamiliar language, prescriptive quantities can be ambiguous and quite often nature has a ready, freely available remedy that will bridge the gap until more conventional aid can be found.”

Here are the top 10 natural medicines on the move…
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Avocado Oil Is the Beauty Secret You Need to Get In On

201206-omag-avocado-oil-284x426During awards season, Lupita Nyong’o admitted that one of the secrets to her gorgeous (gorgeous) skin is avocado oil. The actress says she likes to keep things “simple, natural, and straightforward,” so she doesn’t mess with too many products.

Of course, after hearing that Lupita uses avocado oil to get her glowing complexion, I immediately headed to the Google machine to see what it does exactly. Because let’s be honest here, when Lupita is going to share beauty advice, we all ought to listen.

Here are some of the (pretty amazing) benefits of avocado oil, and how you can use it on your skin. My guess? It’s only a matter of time before this is the new coconut oil.
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Holy Guacamole! Chipotle says don’t panic

Could guacamole and some salsas become victims of global warming? Possibly, says Chipotle Mexican Grill.

The restaurant chain, in an annual report, listed drought and global weather change among a long list of business risks faced by the company.

“Increasing weather volatility or other long-term changes in global weather patterns, including any changes associated with global climate change, could have a significant impact on the price or availability of some of our ingredients,” Chipotle said in the filing last month.

If the cost of ingredients jumps, the company said it “may choose to temporarily suspend” serving items such as guacamole or some salsas.

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