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3 reasons to add an avocado to your daily menu

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3 reasons to add an avocado to your daily menu

Do you go through periods where you just can't get enough of one specific food? I do, regularly. Maybe my body is craving a specific nutrient, or I've found a new flavour I love. But whatever the motivation, I tend to indulge until I'm good and sick of this magical food. avocado open with pit Photography, Jaanus Silla, Flickr, Creative Commons Lately, for me, the obsession is avocados. I just can't get enough of their creamy texture and rich, subtle flavour. When I was a kid out East, avocados were exotic. Weird, actually. No one I knew ate them, and when they did, it was as a fancy appetizer. My best friend's mom was a wonderful cook, and she once served us an avocado half with a tiny poached shrimp in the middle, with a lime wedge on the side. I remember not knowing what to do—or whether I really liked this strange fruit I'd never seen before. Today, though, good-quality avocados are showing up everywhere. They're definitely not part of a 100-Mile Diet or anything, but they are a great addition to your diet for a few reasons. 1. They contain good-for-you fat. Once upon a time in the fat-hating dark ages, avocados were forbidden fruit. Now scientists know that the monounsaturated fat in avocados can lower your cholesterol and be a key part of a heart-healthy diet. 2. They're full of nutrients and, yes, fibre. Think fibre only comes from crunchy stuff? Nope. The smooth flesh of half an avocado actually contains about 4.5 grams of fibre. Add some sliced avocado to your whole grain toast in the morning and you'll be well on your way toward the recommended daily fibre intake. 3. They're tasty chameleons. Avocados are masters of the quick change. They're terrific cool and cubed in a salad. They're amazing in a smoothie. They're sensational with  eggs on toast. They make a fast sandwich. They can even become a wonderful cheesecake if you like your desserts VERY green. If you can't get enough of this healthy fruit, we have plenty of  avocado recipes to try. Tell me: Are you obsessed with them, too?  
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