New Research Examines Effects of Eating Half an Avocado with Lunch on Satiety and Desire to Eat Between Meals

untitledLoma Linda University Study Explores the Relationship between Avocado Consumption, Satiety and Blood Sugar

New research published in the November issue of Nutrition Journal reports adding one-half of a fresh avocado to a lunch may have helped healthy, overweight people feel more satisfied and reduced their desire to eat following a meal. The study was funded by the Hass Avocado Board.The pilot study, “A Randomized 3×3 Crossover Study to Evaluate the Effect of Hass Avocado Intake on Post Ingestive Satiety, Glucose and Insulin Levels, and Subsequent Energy Intake in Overweight Adults,” compared the effects of incorporating fresh Hass avocado into a lunch—either by replacing other foods or by simply adding it to the meal— to the effects of eating a standard lunch to determine how avocado consumption would influence satiety, blood sugar and insulin response and subsequent food intake. The subjects were 26 healthy, overweight adults.

Researchers found that participants who added half of a fresh avocado to their lunch reported a significantly decreased desire to eat by 40 percent over a three-hour period, and by 28 percent over a five-hour period after the meal, compared to their desire to eat after a standard lunch without avocado. In addition, they reported increased feelings of satisfaction by 26 percent over the three hours following the meal.
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12 Best and Worst Foods for Psoriasis

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Fats in general get a bad rap, but there are such things as “good fats.” These include the polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, vegetable oils, and avocados, and monounsaturated fats found in soybean oil, walnuts, flaxseed, and certain fish. They’re good for you in general (when taken in moderation, of course—they still can pack in the calories). Stay away from saturated fats and trans fats, which may increase inflammation in the body.

Dairy - Worst

Some people with psoriasis report that cutting back on dairy products also eases their symptoms. Scientists haven’t found a reason why this might be true, but trial-and-error may give you an idea if dairy should be off your list. If you find dairy is okay for you, make sure you pick fat-free, 1% fat, or low-fat milk, cheese, and other dairy products—they’re better for your heart health. Some people with psoriasis have found that soy milk is a good substitute for cow’s milk.

Learn of the other 10 Best and Worst Foods for Psoriasis HERE

HAB Study Researches Shoppers’ Path-to-Purchase of Avocados

UnknownThe avocado category continues to deliver impressive retail growth. Last year, retail volume exceeded 1.1 billion units and retail sales topped $1.2 billion. Hass avocados continue to dominate and drive this category with a 94 percent dollar share for all avocados.

To help retailers post additional gains on top of already strong sales performance, and to attract and inspire additional purchases from avocado users, the Hass Avocado Board’s new study Shopper Motivations and Influences: Driving Hass Avocado Sales at Retail identifies key influencers in the path to purchase process.

“The research was conducted of heavy and super-heavy avocado users that plan to buy avocados ahead of time or buy them on impulse,” Emiliano Escobedo, executive director of the Hass Avocado Board, said in a press release. “Independent research has shown that these segments are extremely important to the category because this consumer group accounts for 50 percent of avocado-consuming households; they consume nearly 90 percent of the avocado volume. Understanding how the shoppers purchase avocados can lead to high-impact merchandising strategies that can enhance shopper satisfaction and drive incremental retail category growth.”

Because of their unique taste and well-known nutritional benefits, avocados are often included as part of the shoppers’ regular meal planning. Most respondents were very interested in good nutrition and seek to prepare healthy, homemade meals. Their decision to purchase avocados may start at home, but the in-store experience is the top influencer in driving the actual purchase.

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Avocados Found to Contain Antioxidant Anticancer Fats

Avocado-heart1New research finds that some of the fats in avocado are antioxidant and block cancer growth. This in addition to the incredible array of health properties of the humble avocado.

The new research, from the School of Medicine of Mexico’s Monterey College of Technology, studied the L-ORAC of the avocado (Persea americana).

The ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) test measures the antioxidant capacity of a food. This is done using by using chromatography after a food has been fractioned.

In this case, the researchers used a lipid fraction to conduct the ORAC test – measuring the lipophilic elements of the avocado’s pulp. Lipophilic roughly means “fat-loving” – the ability of a certain compound to dissolve in or have affinity with fats, also called lipids.

The avocado’s lipophilic phytonutrients, which include tocopherols, sterols, monusaturates, carotens and acetogenins, provide the bulk of these antioxidant benefits.

The acetogenins in avocados have been found to provide more than just antioxidant benefits. Researchers from Ohio State University found that two of avocados’ acetogenins – dihydroxyheptadecenyl acetate and dihydroxyheptadecynyl acetate – inhibited the growth of cancer cells.

The researchers found that these two acetogenins blocked the phosphorylation process of oral cancer cells. This effectively stops their ability to expand and metasticize.

So far, five acetogenins have been found in avocado. The Monterey researchers found two addition acetogenins in their research…
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How to Avoid Buying Blood Avocados

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In Mexico, a drug cartel is extorting money from avocado producers and killing those who won’t pay. There’s no perfect way to avoid buying them, but it can be done.

If you plan on making fresh guacamole for a holiday feast this year, you’ll want to know about the problems that Mexican avocado farmers are facing. A drug cartel, known as Caballeros Templarios, or Knight’s Templar, has taken over much of the avocado business in the Michoacán region of the country, shaking down avocado farmers and killing those who won’t cooperate.

Vocativ has the story, and it’s a grim one. Farmers who were wealthy are now barely scraping by after paying the extortion money to the cartel. Try to negotiate with the cartel or refuse to pay, and they’ll kill you or a family member.
It’s a disturbing story, and it’s disturbing to think that the avocados in our grocery store are what Vocativ is calling “blood avocados.” The money we spend on those avocados creates profits for this violent drug cartel…

Read the rest of the article HERE or just be smart and buy only California avocados!!!

California Avocado Festival Helping Central Coast Growers

*Article from Liberty Zabala
img_3270CENTRAL COAST, Calif. — Central Coast News believes to build a better community, you must invest in it.

That’s why we created the ”One Million Dollar Community Investment”.

For 27 years, the Avocado Festival draws thousands of people to celebrate its fresh fruit.

The festival helps dozens of growers right here on the Central Coast.

Central Coast growers travel all the way to Carpenteria just to be able to show off their fruit and raise money for a good cause.

“The California Avocado Festival is pretty much just a showcase of the avocado,” says California Avocado Festival Board Director Anthony Staal. “One year, we got it together to form a festival as a way of raising funds for non-profits for our non-profits to make some money and to enjoy ourselves at the same time.”

The festival alone has raised well over a million dollars for non-profits and provides a venue for local growers to make a living.

“Like a giant farmer’s market…unlike our local farmer’s market that have two or three thousand people that come by your stand, down there, there’s 80 to 100 thousand people that will come by your stand in a three day period so we’ve benefited from selling fresh fruit fresh avocados,” says San Luis Obispo Avocado Grower David Righetti.

Righetti Farm grows up to 200 acres of avocado trees which can produce anywhere from 500,000 to 2 million pounds of avocados every year.

“There’s the opportunity to display and promote our product and the more good information we can get out to the public about how good avocados are that will drive sales,” says Righetti.

Righetti says four families on his ranch are able to support themselves just by selling these avocados.

“Makes me feel really good about growing it and makes me feel real good about eating it,” says Righetti.

The Avocado Festival is accepting vendor applications this coming January. To learn how to get involved visit http://avofest.com

Blood Avocados: The Dark Side of Your Guacamole

Avocado-Wars_Poster23982586389Yet another reason to only enjoy California Avocados…
A drug cartel known as the Knights Templar has brought kidnappings, murders, money laundering and fear to Mexico’s prized avocado business

MORELIA, Mexico—There’s an almost Mediterranean charm to the rolling hills here in Michoacán, a state in western Mexico. Avocado farms occupy vast stretches of land, and the rows of low-growing trees resemble the olive gardens of southern Europe.

These idyllic farms grow millions of pounds of avocados that Americans consume every year. But there’s a dark story lurking beneath the surface of the fleshy green fruit—and the bowls of guacamole it produces. A drug cartel known as the Caballeros Templarios, the Knights Templar, has infiltrated the avocado sector, and now controls the local trade, from production to distribution.

In Mexico, the avocado is called aguacate. It has been a staple food here for thousands of years. It’s also Michoacán’s principal export: 72 percent of all Mexican avocado plantations are located in the state. More than 80 percent of Michoacán’s avocados are exported to the United States—the bulk of them of the fatty Hass variety. In the latter half of 2012 and the early part of 2013, the U.S. imported nearly $1 billion worth of avocados from this state. Not surprisingly, a common nickname for the fruit is oro verde, green gold, because it yields more cash than any other crop—including marijuana…
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National Spicy Guacamole Day

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If you like a bit of a kick to your dishes, then today is for you! It’s November 14th which means it’s the National Spicy Guacamole Day. We looked all over the web for delicious spicy guacamole recipes worth trying and the following took the cake. We especially liked the additions of the serrano chili and cayenne pepper, one of our favorite spices. We made a huge batch and the robust flavors did not disappoint!

Celebrate National Guacamole Day by whipping up your ow bowl full of this mouth-watering goodness. Be careful not to overdo the spiciness for your taste buds. Take the seeds out of the serrano chili if necessary or simply add less. Also, add in the pepper and onion slowly, to taste. You do not have to add in the full amounts recommended by the recipe. Enjoy the fiery fiesta in your mouth!

Spicy Guacamole Recipe

Ingredients:
6 ripe Hass avocados (about 2 pounds)
Juice from 2-3 limes
1 large tomato, seeds and pulp removed, diced
1 serrano chili, minced
1/2 a red onion, minced
3/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper tt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp paprika

Directions:

Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and place in a bowl. Squeeze the juice of two limes over the avocados and mix well. This will keep them form turning brown. Use your knife to cut up the avocados, but leave them in fairly large chunks. They’ll continue to break up as you mix in the rest of the ingredients.

Add the rest of the ingredients. Remember to be mindful of the fresh ingredients, they can be potent at times! Carefully mix everything together, trying not to turn the avocados into complete mush.

Taste and add more lime juice, cayenne pepper, serrano chili, onion, and cilantro if necessary.

*Recipe adapted from KithcenetteBlog.com

 

Top Ten Tastes of Fall

sweet-potato-salsa-4Some fruits and vegetables are easier to come by in the summer months, but there is still a good variety available in the fall and winter. It’s important to include fruits and vegetables in your diet year-round to stay healthy and ward off diseases. Here are some of the superstar fruits and vegetables of the fall and winter months.

1. Sweet potatoes. They are loaded with beta-carotene (which the body makes into vitamin A), vitamin C, potassium, fiber, iron and vitamin B6. Sweet potatoes have more nutrients than regular white potatoes and can replace white potatoes in some recipes. Try them mashed, baked or as a dessert.

2. Apples. Apples are a traditional fall favorite and are easy to find in the supermarket or you can pick your own at a nearby orchard. They are a quick, easy snack and can be paired with peanut butter or cheese for protein. Apples contain antioxidants, which may help protect against certain cancers and reduce levels of LDL or bad cholesterol. Apples have vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber. Remember the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

3. Broccoli. This is one vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked, hot or cold, by itself or with other foods. Broccoli can help prevent cancer and heart disease…

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Eat to Beat Anxiety: 4 Foods That Reduce Stress

grilled-salmon-700Stress can lead to snacking—which is okay, but only if you choose the right nosh. “Some nutrients can enhance mood, while fatty comfort foods can physically bring you down because they’re harder to digest,” says Marisa Moore, R.D.N.,
a nutritionist in Atlanta and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Choose these four foods instead to create calm from the inside out.

1. Avocados. This fruit is an excellent source of vitamin B6 and folic acid, both of which have been shown to reduce stress by helping to maintain proper nervous system functioning. Avocados also provide a heart-healthy serving of potassium (1 avocado has 975 mg, while a banana has only 422 mg), which helps regulate blood pressure. Add a few slices to your salad, or mix up a bowl ofguacamole. [Click to tweet this tip!]

2. Salmon. This fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids—a natural mood booster…

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