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Why the Amazing Avocado Will Help You Curb Cravings

Researchshows adding a few slices of avocado to your lunch will slash your desire toeat over the next three hours by 40 per cent compared to eating the same mealwithout it.Astudy, published in Nutrition Journal*,focussed on overweight adults to see if avocado consumption helped them feelmore satisfied and reduced their desire to eat in the following few hours.Researchersat Loma LindaUniversity in the United States conductedrandomized single-blind crossover trials where participants ate a standard breakfastfollowed by one of three test lunches – one without avocado, one that includedavocado and one where extra avocado was added.Thevolunteers’ glucose and insulin responses were measured, along with their feelingsof satisfaction and desire to eat over the next five hours.Thestudy found those who added half a fresh avocado to their lunch reported a 40per cent decrease in desire to eat again over the next three hours, and a 28per cent decrease in the following five hours.Participantsalso reported feeling more satisfied (26 per cent) during the course of theafternoon following their avocado lunch.Satietyis an important factor in weight management, because people who feel satisfiedare less likely to snack between meals, said Dr Joan Sabaté, Chair of theDepartment of Nutrition who led the research team at Loma Linda University. Itwas also noted that though adding avocados increased participants' calorie andcarbohydrate intake at lunch, there was no increase in blood sugar levelsbeyond what was observed after eating the standard lunch. This leads them tobelieve that avocado’s potential role in blood sugar management is worthfurther investigation.Thestudy was funded by the American-based Hass Avocado Board. New ZealandAvocado CEO Jen Scoular says there are many international studies underway touncover the health benefits of avocados."Other researchpublished in Nutrition Journal foundpeople who regularly eat avocados weigh 3.4kg less on average, and havewaistlines around 4cm smaller, than those who don’t,” Scoular says."Avocados arerich in monounsaturated (‘good’) fats and are a low GI (glycemic index) food,so they will help you to feel fuller for longer.”Another reasonavocado will help fill you up is they are packed with fibre. Half an avocadowill provide more than 25 per cent of your daily recommended fibre intake."They’re anabsolute powerhouse when it comes to providing your body with the nutrients itneeds each day. They also help your body absorb more nutrients fromother fruit and vegetables you eat with avocado,” Scoular explains.Boosting youravocado intake is easy as this home-grown fruit is extremely versatile. You canadd a few slices to your favourite omelette, sandwich or salad, or eat them ontoast at any time of day."You can alsoblend them into smoothies or use them as a butter and oil substitute whenbaking or making desserts,” she says. "Their creamy texture makes them perfect formousses, ice cream and cheesecakes.Delicious and healthy!”URL: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/fl-nre010714.php About New Zealand Avocado Avocadosare the third-largest fresh fruitexport from New Zealand. New Zealand Avocado works with the New Zealandindustry to set export standards, facilitate market access, promote avocadosfrom New Zealand and provide technical information to all New Zealand growers,of which there are more than 1600, based mainly in the Bay of Plenty andNorthland. www.nzavocado.co.nzwww.facebook.com/nzavocadowww.twitter.com/NZ_Avocadowww.instagram.com/nzavocadowww.youtube.com/nzavocadoFor media assistance, please contact:Midge Munro Communications ManagerAvocado Industry Councilmidge.munro@nzavocado.co.nz64 27 306 708964 7 571 6147Bridgette Paton-TapsellVillage Public Relations | Marketingb@villagenz.com64 27 553 3929 64 7 572 1608 

Taste of Auckland: the wild and wonderful

From November 13-16, Midge,Bevan and Corrie engaged with foodies at Taste of Auckland, a three and halfday culinary extravaganza. The NZ Avocado stand was an inviting garden partythemed space where attendees were treated to delicious avocado samples, as wellas recipe books, live music and cooking demonstrations.The goal was to getas many people as we could inspired to get creative with avocados, and boosttheir nutritional knowledge of the fruit. Nadia Lim andgluten-free chef Jimmy Boswell joined us in holding Masterclasses where theycreated awesome dishes such as Avocado Chocolate Mousse, Avocado & FetaDip, and Avocado Cream on Cucumber just to name a few.We battled the windand rain for half of the festival but our marquee stood up to the weather andprovided an inviting space for the bedraggled attendees. Guest numbers wereaffected on Thursday night and Saturday due to the wet and windy conditions butFriday and Sunday (which was given extended opening hours), showed us what anawesome event Taste is for getting in front of a large number of enthusiasticfoodies – final numbers for the show will be available from the eventorganisers in the next couple of weeks.We receivedincredibly positive feedback from guests and the Taste organisers in regards toour stand. People loved our samples and there was a real interest in theindustry. We had lots ofsupport from our "Friends of NZ Avocados” – NZ King Salmon, Vogel’s, NZHothouse, Go Nutz, and Tahi Honey. We went throughover 450 avocados and 60 loaves of Vogel’s plus a number of other freshingredients to make up more than 5000 samples of avocado toast, guacamole,smoothies, dip, mousse and various canapés.To view images fromthis event clickhere. To view a 90 second video of the event clickhere.

New Zealand Avocados Set to Inspire at Taste

Chocolateavocado mousse and a whole new take on Pina Coladas are just some of the creativeavocado inspired dishes people will be able to try at Auckland’s top foodfestival, Taste, later this week. Thefour day-long foodie celebration promises to deliver bigger, bolder and tastierflavours than ever before, and New Zealand Avocado’s inaugural appearance willcertainly set taste buds alight. NewZealand Avocado ambassador and celebrity chef, Nadia Lim, will deliver twomaster classes on Friday at 6:30pm and Sunday at 1pm, whileinternationally-renowned chef Jimmy Boswell will also be on hand throughout thefestival. Together they will create a range of delicious and simple recipesusing avocados for people to try."Kiwislove avocados but some people may not have experimented with them beyondslicing some into a salad or putting them on toast,” Nadia says. "They are notonly an amazing healthy and versatile wholefood but they’re also extremelyversatile – you can use them in baking, desserts and smoothies and create someamazing dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”Jimmy,who is a Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Ambassador for New Zealand, is also eagerto see more people eating avocado as part of their everyday diet."As achef I focus on using real food. Avocados have been part of my life since I wasyoung and I love their fresh taste and texture. They’re easy to work with andare super healthy."I amexcited to be with New Zealand Avocado this year at Taste of Auckland. I’ll bebringing some easy-to-plate dishes and ideas that I have been making for manyyears that will inspire and impress people dining at your table.”Visitorsto New Zealand Avocado’s stand and cooking demonstrations will be treated to anurban garden party theme. A relaxed seating area will be set up where peoplecan sample Nadia and Jimmy’s unique creations, and an acoustic musician willperform at regular intervals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.NewZealand Avocado chief executive Jen Scoular says Taste is a great chance toshow Kiwis just how versatile and delicious avocados are."Thissummer New Zealand is set to produce its biggest ever avocado crop. This is afantastic opportunity to show foodies new ways to use avocado. We know they’llgo home inspired to get more creative in the kitchen, and discover new dishesand taste sensations with avocados,” Jen says.Festival-goerswill also have the chance to win all the ingredients needed to make Nadia’samazing avocado, lime and coconut cheesecake at home. To enter they just needto visit New Zealand Avocado’s ‘selfie corner’, create their own backgroundusing a hashtag magnet board, and upload their pic to social media sites. Over20,000 people are expected to dine their way around the Taste of AucklandFestival, which will be staged for the first time at Western Springs fromThursday 13th November until Sunday 16th November.For more information visit http://www.tasteofauckland.co.nz/ About New Zealand Avocado Avocadosare the third-largest fresh fruitexport from New Zealand. New Zealand Avocado works with the New Zealandindustry to set export standards, facilitate market access, promote avocadosfrom New Zealand and provide technical information to all New Zealand growers,of which there are more than 1600, based mainly in the Bay of Plenty andNorthland. Twitter: @NZ_AvocadoFacebook: NZ Avocadowww.nzavocado.co.nz/industry/ For media assistance, please contact:Midge Munro Communications ManagerAvocado Industry Councilmidge.munro@nzavocado.co.nz 64 27 306 7089 64 7 571 6147Bridgette Paton-TapsellVillage Public Relations | Marketing b@villagenz.com 64 27 553 3929 64 7 572 1608

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