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Tips for Preparing Avocado

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Many people avoid eating avocados simply because they do not know how to store and prepare them.  

Did you know you should not store unripened avocados in the fridge? 

You should actually store them at room temperature until they ripen. It can take up to 4 or 5 days to ripen.  You will know an avocado is ripe when it has black or dark purple skin and yields to gentle pressure. Once ripe, you can then store your avocado in the fridge for up to one week to slow down nutrient losses.

To preserve the nutrients in the avocado, it is usually recommended to prepare it in the unheated form. Heating the avocado can damage the fats in it and therefore can cause it to lose its beneficial health effects. If you like to put your avocado in recipes that requires cooking, you should minimize the cooking time and use the lowest temperature possible so you don’t change its fat profile!