Upload your own recipes plus keep up to date with recipes, news and events.
Sign up now
Avocado lends a perfect smooth and creamy texture to this delicious treat, that’s healthy too! click here
Chocolates that are really good for you - what could be better? click here
It’s fiddly to make, but if you want to make an effort for a special occasion (or you have vegan friends to impress) then here’s your recipe. DF & GF click here
This tasty summer potato salad is perfect to take along to a BBQ. click here
This makes a light, refreshing starter or special side salad. Serve on individual plates, or as one big salad for the table. click here
An appetiser or light lunch with the wow factor. In a hurry? Use premade salsa and the dish comes together in five minutes click here
This creamy dressing, flavoured with lemongrass and kaffir lime is incredibly delicious with avocado and prawns. click here
Loma Linda University Study on Satiety is the Second in a Series of Hass Avocado Board-funded Nutrition Studies Expected to be Released over the Coming YearsIRVINE, Calif. (January 8, 2014) – The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) today announced publication of a study that suggests adding one-half of a fresh avocado to a lunch may have helped 26 healthy, overweight people feel more satisfied and reduced their desire to eat following a meal. The avocado study, which was conducted by researchers at the Loma Linda University and funded by HAB, was published in Nutrition Journal, a monthly peer-reviewed journal that publishes work in the area of human nutrition. The human clinical study is the second in a series of HAB-funded nutrition studies expected to be released over the coming years as a part of HAB’s single-minded nutrition marketing and research strategy.Researchers found that study participants who added half of a fresh Hass avocado to their lunch reported a significantly decreased desire to eat by 40 percent over a three-hour period, and by 28 percent over a five-hour period after the meal, compared to their desire to eat after a standard lunch without avocado. In addition, they reported increased feelings of hunger satisfaction by 26 percent over the three hours following the meal."HAB has found that more and more retailers are communicating health information to customers to help them make smart eating choices,” said Emilano Escobedo, executive director, Hass Avocado Board. "The nutrition research conducted by HAB is an important program that will help retailers accomplish that goal.”"Satiety is an important factor in weight management, because people who feel satisfied are less likely to eat between meals,” said Joan Sabaté, MD, DrPH, Chair of the Department of Nutrition who led the research team at Loma Linda University. "We also noted that though adding Hass avocados increased participants’ calorie and carbohydrate intake at lunch, there was no increase in blood sugar levels beyond what was observed after eating the lunch without avocado. This leads us to believe that Hass avocados potential role in blood sugar management is worth further investigation.”While the findings were generally positive, more research is needed to determine whether the conclusions drawn from this study can be applied to the general public. However, the results do provide promising clues and a basis for future research to determine Hass avocados’ effect on satiety, glucose and insulin response."The publication of this study indicates a continued step forward for HAB’s nutrition research program,” said Escobedo. "We are confident that the program will continue to strengthen the positioning of Hass Avocados in the market.”The research at Loma Linda University is one of several studies supported by HAB as part of a research program established in 2010. Clinical studies are currently underway to investigate the relationship between avocado consumption and risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, support of weight management and healthy living with top researchers and universities in the United States.To view the abstract or the full study, "A Randomized 3x3 Crossover Study to Evaluate the Effect of Hass Avocado Intake on Post Ingestive Satiety, Glucose and Insulin Levels, and Subsequent Energy Intake in Overweight Adults,” visit www.nutritionj.com/content/12/1/155/abstract.About the Hass Avocado Board The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is an agriculture promotion group established in 2002 to promote the consumption of Hass Avocados in the United States. A 12-member board representing domestic producers and importers of Hass Avocados directs HAB’s promotion, research and information programs under supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. In 2012, retail volume for avocados exceeded 1.1 billion units and retail sales topped $1.2 billion.HAB provides industry members and stakeholders with resources that they can use in their day-to-day business operations including shipment data and consumer research available at http://www.hassavocadoboard.com/. In 2010, HAB established a Nutrition Research program to increase awareness and improve understanding of the unique benefits of avocados to human health and nutrition. The Nutrition Research program is an integral part of Love One Today, HAB’s multi-year, science-based food and wellness education program to encourage Americans to include fresh Hass avocados in everyday healthy eating plans. For more information visit http://www.loveonetoday.com/research.
Foodies are in for a treat this month with New Zealand avocado ambassador and nutritionist Nadia Lim’s latest delicious recipe for a dairy and gluten-free cheesecake. The recipe for the Avocado, Lime and Coconut Cheesecake is on the following page and is complemented by in-season berries. It is sure to be a conversation-piece at the Christmas dinner table. New Zealand Avocado CEO Jen Scoular says with avocados you can indulge in a luxuriant summer superfruit dessert but also feel good about boosting your ‘good fat’ intake. "Avocados offer people the best of both worlds, they are delicious and nutritious and count towards your five plus a day fruit and vegetable intake,” says Scoular.Nadia says avocados are a perfect option for people who desire nutritious food that contributes positively to their overall health this Christmas."Avocados are abundant in valuable vitamins and minerals, as well as healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates. Nutritionists have long recommended consuming avocados which are known to support improved overall diet quality, nutrient intake and heart health,” she says.Avocados are part of the National Heart Foundation’s Pick the Tick programme. They are cholesterol free, nutrient dense, and contain the good fats needed to help maintain a healthy heart. It’s little wonder these ‘super-fruits’ have been tagged the world’s most nutritionally complete fruit by Guinness World Records. Click here for recipe
Health conscious Kiwis and foodies alike now have even more reason to celebrate the arrival of the New Zealand avocado season - latest research proves they can make a vast improvement to overall health and wellbeing. As well as being a delicious addition to many meals, avocados are one of the most nutritionally complete foods in the world and new international research published in the Nutrition Journal* shows that people who regularly eat them weigh 3.4 kilograms less on average and have waistlines around four centimetres smaller, than those who don’t. Avocado consumers also have significantly lower BMIs than non-consumers; significantly higher intakes of important nutrients (such as fibre, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium and vitamin K), plus more good fats and a lower intake of added sugars. The findings of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) in the United States, published in the Nutrition Journal, proved eating avocado every day boosted people’s HDL ("good”) cholesterol levels and resulted in a 50 per cent less chance of metabolic syndrome (a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type-2 diabetes). Qualified dietician and nutritionist Nadia Lim is the official New Zealand Avocado ambassador and was a guest presenter at the recent New Zealand and Australian Avocado Growers’ Conference, held in Tauranga. Nadia says avocados are a perfect health conscious option for healthy, vibrant people who desire nutritious food that contributes positively to their overall health. "Avocados are a perfect food – they’re abundant in valuable vitamins and minerals, as well as healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates. Nutritionists have long recommended consuming the healthy fats from avocados which are known to support improved overall diet quality, nutrient intake and heart health,” she says. New Zealand Avocado CEO Jen Scoular says "Avocados are incredibly nutritious and nourishing for the body and soul. If you like to get the most out of life then you should definitely include an avocado in your diet every day. "As part of a healthy, balanced diet, avocados are proving themselves time and again as a food that can help us all live healthier lives. This new research reinforces the importance of the food’s role in our everyday diet,” says Scoular. The American-based Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is continuing to invest millions of dollars in nutrition research on Hass Avocado – a fund which the New Zealand avocado industry has long contributed to – and has engaged top researchers and institutions to further investigate the fruit’s health potential. HAB established a nutrition research programme in 2010 to increase awareness and improve understanding of the unique benefits of avocados to human health and nutrition. The four research pillars are heart health, weight management, diabetes and healthy living. *To read the overview from Nutrition Journal: http://www.avocadocentral.com/avocado-nutrition-center/nhanes-studyFor more information or images please contact: Midge MunroCommunications Manager, New Zealand Avocadommunro@nzavocado.co.nz
Upload your own recipes plus keep up to date with recipes, news and events.
Sign up now