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Sunday, January 9, 2011

The proof is in the pudding

I have been playing around with a couple raw recipes the last few days, I made a raw key lime pie for some friends, which went down nicely, how ever I forgot (again) to take pictures, but that ok I am more than happy to make it again VERY soon! Here is a nice little recipe, if you fancy having a treat packed full of goodness that I just made for Coco and myself, it is quiet rich and we only needed a little bit. Verdict, thumbs up!

Chocolate Pudding

1 avocado, diced
1/4 c agave syrup
1/4 c cacao powder
dash of water
2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 tsp coconut oil or concentrate (optional)

Pop it in the blender until it has reached a creamy consistency... Devour or put in the fridge to set for a while!
"yummy mummy" - Coco

 10 reasons to eat an avocado a day:
Prostate Cancer Prevention
Avocados have been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer. (reference)

Oral Cancer Defense
Research has shown that certain compounds in avocados are able to seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming healthy cells. (ref)
Breast Cancer Protection
Avocado, like olive oil, is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies. (ref)
Eye Health
Avocados have more of the carotenoid lutein than any other commonly consumed fruit. Lutein protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases. (ref)
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. (ref)
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. (ref)
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. (ref)
Better Nutrient Absorption
Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado. In one study, when participants ate a salad containing avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes lycopene and beta carotene) than those who didn't include avocados. (ref)
Glutathione Source
Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione, an important antioxidant that researchers say is important in preventing aging, cancer, and heart disease. (ref)
Vitamin E Powerhouse
Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall health. (ref)

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