Monday, July 30, 2018

Avocado, An Exceptional Food That Does Not Make You Fat
When designing a weight loss diet, very fatty (and therefore calorie) foods are usually on the unwanted list or at least on the "eat in great moderation" list. After all, a lot of fat means a lot of calories. But we have already seen in several articles that this reasoning is not always correct. For example, we saw that the studies have not been able to find a correlation between nuts and overweight, since there are other factors in their composition that end up compensating in a favorable way for their energy intake.

Avocado, An Exceptional Food That Does Not Make You Fat


Avocado is another of these atypical foods. In several ways. First of all because it is one of the few fruits in whose nutritional composition the main macronutrient is fat, instead of the usual carbohydrates, which gives it a high energy density of almost 700 kJ (160 kilocalories) per hundred grams. Most of it is monounsaturated fat, so its effect on health is beyond suspicion and the exceptional amount of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and fibre it also provides is well known. But the truth is that, despite the praise that comes with it, it is also often recommended to eat in moderation in weight loss processes, because of the commented calories that accompany it.

Since to date there was not much meaningful evidence on its relationship to obesity, little could be added to this, but fortunately, that evidence is beginning to emerge. The study "Avocado consumption is associated with better diet quality and nutrient intake, and lower metabolic syndrome risk in US adults: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001--2008" has just been published. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) has analysed the relationship between various indicators and this tasty fruit by observing more than 17,000 people over eight years.

With all the precautions that must be taken in a single observational study, the results are clearly positive. They indicate that people who eat more avocado have a better diet, more nutrients, less risk of metabolic syndrome and less weight. Yes, less weight, despite all its calories.

Regarding possible intervention trials, the only one I have found is "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" (2013), a small study in which the effect of adding half an avocado to the diet was analysed. The researchers found that their intake increased satisfaction and satiety and reduced the insulinemic response after mealtime. In addition, the final calorie balance was not negatively affected, i.e. no more calories were ingested when eating ad-libitum.

So you know, for the moment you can incorporate it into your meals without fear. If you spend a little time searching for recipes online, you'll be amazed at how many delicious ways you can take them.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Bacon Avocado Tomato Egg Salad
When most people think of salads, they immediately visualize big, leafy strips of lettuce tossed into a bowl with all sorts of colorful companion vegetables. But there are also those kinds of salads that use deliciously sinful mayonnaise as their chief ingredient. Some of the more popular types of these salads are egg salad, potato salad, chicken salad, and the ever popular (and my personal favorite) seafood salad.

Bacon Avocado Tomato Egg Salad


Probably the easiest and least expensive to make of all mayonnaise based salads is egg salad. Who doesn't have a few extra eggs and mayonnaise in their refrigerator? This salad does a great job at filling a person up with plenty of protein, fat, and calories. An interesting twist to this delightful salad is adding corn, avocado, and crisp bacon. While it may sound a bit odd, the mix tastes out of this world!

The first step is to fry some bacon. Cook four slices of bacon in a shallow pan until crispy. Remove them and place on paper towel covered plate to drain the grease.

Second step is to boil some eggs. Now this may sound easy enough, but chances are you're one of the many people out there that have been over-boiling eggs throughout your entire life! Spread out a single layer of eggs in a pan. Fill with cold water until the eggs are covered by at least an inch of water. Bring the water to a boil and then crank the heat down a bit and simmer the eggs for another two minutes. Finally, turn the heat off, cover the eggs, and let them sit in the hot water for at least twelve minutes. This works with small batches of eggs (6 to 8). Before assuming all the eggs are hard boiled to your liking, you should crack one open and make sure its yolk is cooked enough for your taste. If not, let them cook some more. Once the eggs are done, remove them from the pan and place them inside a bowl of cold water to let them cool off.

After the eggs have cooled, peel them and slice them into small squares. Do the same for the avocados, and then place both eggs and avocados in a large bowl.

In a small bowl, mix the dressing. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, corn (drain it first), curry powder, tomatoes (chopped and diced), and lemon juice together. And don't forget your bacon! Chop the bacon into small pieces and mix into the dressing. Last, pour the dressing into the bowl of chopped eggs and avocado, and then mix everything together.

If you want, you can sprinkle fresh parsley across the salad. And if you're feeling even more indulgent, heat up some flour tortillas and use the salad as a spread. This will serve two to four people.

Ingredients
  • 8 hard boiled eggs, peeled
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 2 cans of corn kernels (about 20oz total)
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 6 flour tortillas

AVOCADO EGG SALAD


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