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Monday, March 7, 2011

Avocado Salsa

 

 Lower Cholesterol:
Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. In one study, 45 volunteers experienced an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating avocados for only one week.

 

Heart Health:
One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don't. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.

Stroke Prevention
The high levels of folate in avocado are also protective against strokes. People who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower risk of stroke than those who don't.

Avocado Salsa

3 tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 small red onion, finely diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and very finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
Combine all ingredients, except feta cheese and avocado. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Add cheese and avocado just before serving.

How to Ripen and Avocado?
Place the avocado in a paper bag with an apple, banana, or tomato.
Fold the bag closed and leave it to sit on the counter overnight.
The ethylene gas in the other fruit will cause the avocado to ripen in about 24 hours.