Top 10 Uses for Avocados

From health to beauty, avocados deserve their position as a top superfood.

Top 10 Uses for Avocados

Avocados continue to maintain their position as one of the top super foods. Packed with nutrients including vitamin E, oleic acid, and potassium, avocados have become synonymous with health and healthy eating. They are also loaded with fiber (almost 7 grams per serving), folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin K. If avocados have not made it into your refrigerator, here are 10 easy ways to use this versatile super food, courtesy of Dr. Taz Bhatia, integrated health expert and author of What Doctor's Eat.

Baby Foods

Mashable and easily pureed, avocados are an instant baby food. I introduced avocados early to both my kids as a source of good fat and vitamins. It was always so easy to prepare and they loved it! There is no science to this one: Simply take a 1/4 chopped avocado, mash, and serve.

What's Really Causing Your Obesity: Nature or Nurture?

It's more complex than too many calories and not enough physical activity.

The American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease in 2013. But in the past 13 years, there's not been much of a shift in the understanding of what causes obesity — not in the general public, in people who contend with the condition or in the practice of medicine. Most people still think of obesity as a character flaw caused by too many calories and not enough physical activity. But it's much more complex than that.

A study analyzing National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data found that even though US adults' BMI increased between 1988 and 2006, the amount of calories adults consumed and the energy they expended were unchanged. It also appears that the quality of calories consumed (low versus high glycemic index) is as important a consideration as the total quantity. And genetics only explains about 2.7% variation in people's weight, according to a study in Nature. That all adds up to this: The two most common explanations for obesity — calories in, calories out and family history — cannot, by themselves, explain the current epidemic.

Keep Reading Show less