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Ode to the Avocado

A recent study has found that good fats — the monounsaturated kind such as those found in avocados — are good for fertility treatment, actually increasing the live birth rate for those undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). This is great news for those of us who love the green fruit! (And yes, it's a fruit, not a vegetable — in Brazil, they add avocados to ice cream!)

The avocado is packed full of nutrients, including vitamin K, folate, potassium, vitamin E, lutein, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin B6. And each serving of avocado has 3 grams of monunsaturated fat, which helps to lower blood cholesterol if used in place of saturated fats.

Here's a healthy guacamole recipe from the California Avocado Commission:

    4 ripe, Fresh California Avocados, seeded and peeled
    2 Tbsp. lemon juice
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    1 tomato, finely chopped
    ¼ cup finely chopped onion
    ⅛ tsp. ground cumin
    3 drops hot pepper sauce

Coarsely mash avocado with lemon juice and garlic. Mix in other ingredients. Enjoy! (With baked tortilla chips, of course!)

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