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Super Bowl Pick

You thought I would have a prediction of who would win, huh? I am talking about FOOD picks, of course. It is, after all, all about the food.

Some people actually watch the Superbowl for the football. But many others (like people of the female variety) go to Super Bowl parties for 3 reasons:

  1. Commercials
  2. Half Time Show
  3. FOOD!!!!

Superbowl Sunday should be dubbed Pig Out Sunday (instead of pigskin sunday...wow and I full of them today!).

Did you know that Superbowl Sunday is the the biggest day for avocado consumption of all the year? Why? GUACAMOLE! It is estimated that 46 million pounds of Hass avocados will be devoured on February 1. That's enough avocados to cover Tampa's Raymond James Stadium football field end zone to end zone, nearly 18 feet deep.

Avocados are good food that is good for you. There are over 20 nutrients in avocados, including more potassium than in bananas! Who knew? So definitely dig into some guac this weekend. I know you are wondering about the fat. Yes, avocados have fat, but it is monounsaturated fat which is the good kind.

Don't want to make it yourself? I love the premade stuff...my favorite brand is the Wholly Guacamole because it is all natural with no preservatives. They use a unique cold pasteurization technology to keep it fresh for at least 45 days. That beats buying an avocado the day of the big game only to try to cut into it and it is not even close to being ripe.

Avocado fun facts (courtesy of www.avocadocentral.com):
  • One-fifth of a medium avocado, or about one ounce, has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 beneficial nutrients to the diet.
  • Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are thought to help prevent many chronic diseases.
  • Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including 4% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for vitamin E, 4% vitamin C, 8% folate, 4% fiber, 2% iron, 4% potassium, with 81 micrograms of lutein and 19 micrograms of beta-carotene.
  • Avocados act as a "nutrient booster" by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene as well as lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.
  • Avocados contribute nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds that can contribute to the nutrient quality of your diet.
  • Avocados, due to their mono and polyunsaturated fat content, are a healthy substitution for foods rich in saturated fat.
  • Avocados contain 76 milligrams beta-sitosterol in a 3 oz. serving. Beta-sitosterol is a natural plant sterol, which may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Tune in the rest of this week for more healthy but TASTY Superbowl ideas!

For avocado recipes visit www.avocadocentral.com

Oh, and if you must know....my pick is the Steelers.
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Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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