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.

Smoothie Thickener

With its creamy texture, avocados can be used to thicken the consistency of a smoothie or juice. Blend half an avocado with your favorite greens and any frozen fruit for a filling breakfast or lunch.

More: Try This Chocolate-Avocado Smoothie

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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