courtesy of http://musingsbylightofthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/02/valentines-day-special-recipe-for-love.html

Avocados are a staple in our household.  We eat them atleast 4-5 times a week. We have already featured it in four recipes on our blog.  Its in our Asian Spice soup under the side section, the Guacamole under the side section, and in two salads.

Health Benefits

  • Avocados have a bad reputation since they are high in monounsaturated fat.  Although the fat in avocados is quite beneficial to your health.  It is anti-inflammatory and it is great at reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • The dark green outermost flesh of the avocado is packed with the most antioxidants so make sure you include that part in your recipes
  • Avocados help to stabilize and regulate blood sugars since they are high in fiber (fiber helps to regulate blood sugars)
  • They have anti-cancer properties and can help prevent mouth, skin and prostate cancers

How to Select and Store

  • Choose avocados that are slightly soft with no dark sunken spots or cracks
  • A firmer avocado can be ripened at home
  • A firm avocado will ripen in a brown paper bag or in a fruit basket within a few days
  • If you want to store an unused portion of an avocado, store in the refrigerator. Store in a plastic bag, wrap with plastic wrap, or place on a plate and cover with plastic wrap. Sprinkle the exposed surface with lemon juice will help to prevent the browning that can occur when the flesh comes in contact with oxygen in the air

some content courtesty of whfoods.org