Posts Tagged ‘avocado’

If you haven’t already figured it out, I love doing videos. And I had some wonderful opportunities come my way to particpate in a series of health and nutrition videos produced by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) out of Washington DC and at Kenmore Live Studio in Chicago.

The first three are from a recent apperence at Kenmore Live Studio in Chicago where I did a cooking demo on home remedy foods.

Lastly, here’s the second in a series of six health¬†videos I did with IFIC on pumping up your immune system with the right foods. No that is not a stunt double – that’s my gun show!

Irony or ironies…I have been absent from blogging to get ready for my keynote address at Fitbloggin’10 which is being held in Baltimore in a few short days. Ridiculous excuse, I know. Sorry for being away so long!

Back to business. I present to you, another rousing¬†rendition of “Ask the Guyatitian”!

Dear Guyatitian:

I’ve been doing a pretty good job of losing weight but I’ve got about 10-20 pounds around my belly that I’d like to shed. I’m concerned because I hear that belly fat is¬† a problem health-wise. But I heard that eating avocados might help. This makes no sense. I thought avocados were high in fat? What’s the skinny on this fatty?

Gary from Tampa

Dear Gary:

You have a right to be concerned. Carrying around a good chunk of fat around your belly is  a risk factor for high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome , reduced lung function, headaches, dementia, type 2 diabetes, depression, heart disease and possibly a slew of other health challenges such as erectile dysfunction and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). By the way Gary, no worries for you on the PCOS thingy Рpass that info on to women that you may know who are having a hard time getting pregnant, managing their weight or controlling their cholesterol.

According to the National Institutes of Health, if you are a guy with a waist measurement of over 40 inches or a gal with a waist over 35 inches, you are at risk for the biggies I just mentioned. 

Now that you are uber motivated to shed the love handles, let’s give you the nutrition smack-down on Avocados… Oh yeah,¬†Hass avocado variety, specifically…

Avocados are one of the best food sources of a type of fat that may benefit your belly called “MUFAs” (monounsaturated fatty acids). A 2007 study¬†featured in the journal Diabetes Care¬†found that a MUFA-rich¬†diet prevented¬†belly fat from accumulating when¬†compared to a high carbohydrate and high saturated fat diet¬† – both diets delivered the same number of calories. A Harvard study and a Australian study found similar results.

Avocados, though high in fat, only contain 50 calories per serving (1/5 of an avocado or 1 ounce). Of course, a guy-sized portion is 1/2 of an avocado but still can work nicely in a weight reduction plan as that translates to only 125 calories. Besides, avocado makes a tasty spread and is a great swap out for less nutritious mayo, butter and margarine spreads!

Here’s a little eductational¬†yet delicious video I did on avocados for your viewing pleasure. Pull up a chair and pass the guac!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzY3B64QNLk

PS: Love the screen grab on YouTube – looks like I lost my dentures – ha!

PSS: Just heard that there is a woman who wants to be the first woman to achieve a weight of 1000 pounds. She is eating over 12,000 calories a day. Gary, are you still there? Stay away from this woman!

PSS: In the interest of full disclosure, I have worked with the Chilean Avocado Importers Association as a spokesperson.