The avocado could be the crown jewel in a healthy plant centered diet, even though it is not a vegetable. Avocado is actually a fruit — an oily berry, sometimes called alligator pear because of its shape and outer skin texture and color.
Avocado, along with organic rice and dry, freshly soaked and cooked beans, is more than enough to silence the meat industry’s claim that you’re not getting enough protein. Though foolishly ignored by weight watcher types for its high fat content, what is also foolishly ignored is the avocado’s high and complete protein content.
Of course, it’s easy to be foolish if you don’t know the facts. So here we go.
Avocado Fat Facts
It’s important to understand that a body needs fats, as long as they’re healthy ones. Omega 3 fatty acids are either low or missing in the average western diet. And this missing fatty acid content is behind lots of bad health and disease. It just so happens that avocados are high in omega 3 and omega 6 fats. In fact, you can get all of the omega 3 you need from daily avocado consumption.
There is no cholesterol in avocados. They are simply a rich source of non-toxic beneficial fats. The notion that avocados are fattening is false. Processed sugars, white flour and high fructose corn syrup in processing foods create obesity.
You will be healthier and leaner by using avocados in your diet often.
Avocados Offer a Complete Protein
Unlike a cooked steak, from which it is difficult to digest and absorb the high protein content, avocados have predigested protein. The sun in which avocados grow creates a process that breaks the protein into easily digested amino acids while the avocados are ripening on their trees.
The avocado provides all the essential amino acids needed by a body to create a complete protein. Proteins in amino acid form are easier to digest and go to work rebuilding cells and tissue right away.
Unlike meats, avocados don’t putrefy in the stomach. And with avocados’ high fiber content there’s no threat of constipation. Avocados don’t have the antibiotics, hormones, and GMO corn that are used on mass market cattle raised for slaughter to fill the meat counters of supermarkets.
Other Avocado Nutrients
Avocados are bursting with enzymes and rich in minerals, including the commonly deficient master mineral magnesium, which is involved in over 300 metabolic functions of the body. Avocados help provide the body with glutathione, the important master antioxidant that helps the liver replenish all other antioxidants.
Vitamins A, much of the B complex, C, E and even Vitamin K are very available in avocados. Before English sailors became “limeys”, the Spaniards reportedly used avocados on their return voyages to Spain to prevent scurvy after their plundering of Mexico, Central, and South America.
The nutrient order of importance is enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. Vitamins won’t work without minerals, and neither minerals nor vitamins are able to get into your cells without enzymes.
Cooking destroys a lot of any food’s enzymes, while foods that are uncooked preserve their enzymes completely. And uncooked is the only way to eat avocados. There are not many tasty foods that are so easy to find and eat that pack as much nutritional value as avocados. Some consider the avocado a super food.
You can tell when avocados are ripe by color and gentle squeezing. If the normally green skins are turning brownish and you can mush them slightly, very slightly, with a gentle squeeze, avocados are ready to eat. However, if you are not using them right away, pick the green hard ones and let them ripen at home. Like bananas, the really ripe ones turn quickly.
Avocado slices with a little olive oil and vinegar or lemon with some pure sea salt make a quick and easy snack. You can also add chopped onions or tomatoes to the mix for a little more flavor variety. Sliced and put into salads is an ideal way of eating avocados easily and often, if you’re a salad eater.
There are recipes for blending avocados and making dressings or sauces. Use avocado to stretch homemade basil and/or cilantro pesto quantity. Put it into the food processor with the main ingredients, thus creating a more nutritionally dense pesto. This creamy mix is easy to use as a topping for pasta and tastes great!
But this party favorite is the big Kahuna for nutrition as well as taste: Guacamole – ole’! The combination of mashed avocado, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, a little chile, chopped onions and mashed garlic creates a synergistic super food as well as a tasty treat.
There’s no need to buy small quantities of high priced guacamole from stores when you can make it so easily yourself. It’s cheaper, fresher, and you can adjust the flavor to your own taste. Just make sure your dipping chips are non-GMO!
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