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Whether you slice it, dice it, mash it or puree it, avocados are a healthful addition to your diet, as long as you eat them in moderation. A serving of avocado contains more potassium than a banana and also contains healthy doses of magnesium, folate, vitamins C, B6 and E, fiber and healthy monounsaturated fats, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. The flesh of an avocado begins to brown almost immediately after it is exposed to air. If you can't eat the fruit immediately, you should take steps to keep it looking green and fresh.

Lay the avocado halves or slices flat on a cutting board or another even surface.

Sprinkle the flesh of the avocado with either lemon juice, lime juice or white vinegar. The acidic content will help preserve the green color and prevent it from browning. If you want a more full coverage than sprinkling will provide, baste the surface lightly with a basting brush. If your avocados are mashed or pureed, add a few drops of the juice or vinegar and mix it in thoroughly.

Flip the avocado halves or slices over so the untreated side faces up.

Sprinkle or baste the other side with the juice or vinegar.

Tip

If you have an abundance of ripe avocados, you can freeze the flesh if it is mashed or pureed. Avocado halves, slices and chunks do not freeze well, however, the University of Florida IFAS Extension advises.

If your avocados are not fully ripe, you can place them in a paper bag with an apple or banana to help hurry along the ripening.

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Anna Aronson began working as a journalist in 2000 and spent six years at suburban Chicago newspapers before pursuing freelance work. She enjoys writing about health care topics, in particular obstetrics, pediatrics and nutrition. She received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Eastern Illinois University and is now studying for a Master of Science in medicine degree to become a physician's assistant.