Avocado: miracle food that proves that all calories aren’t created equal.

Avocados have gone from being considered an exotic food to becoming an American staple.  Just say it: ‘avocado’ few foods have a name so lyrical, four syllables that roll off your tongue. Avocados are one of the most complete nutrition packages as is, ready to eat as a snack or meal or to complement flavors as a side dish or even as an ingredient in dessert.  One of the rare sources of self-standing vegan protein in a fruit (and unlike most beans avocados don’t need to be combined with a carbohydrate to complete a protein structure) this is a power food of extremely healthy components. It is ALL GOOD2eat4U. Chances are that you have avocados in your market that can be on a menu in your immediate future.

I have trained models, coach their dietary lifestyle, I use avocados to make a point that all calories are NOT the same: avocados have about the same calories as a donut. Some people focus on the calories instead of the source of energy that they contain. Because avocados are high in calories they’re considered fattening, but nothing could be farther from the truth.  Well, unless you decided to lay down under an avocado tree and eat them all day while you just laid there, which would happen if you were sitting under a donut tree too. OH right! Donuts don’t grow on trees! Just another thing to hold against them.

Avocados do have more calories than other fruits and some of those calories are from fat BUT it’s a good fat! The mono-unsaturated fats in avocados reverse insulin resistance, helps to regulate blood sugar levels while it lowers cholesterol and fats that are higher in diabetic patients, that can lead to stroke or heart attack.

So although they contain about the same amount of calories as a donut the difference is that the donut is fried in saturated fat, coated with sugar, constructed of yeast and glutenous flour that is going to give the immediate pleasure of a raised dough that has been fried and dipped or filled with sugar, and loaded with calories that will become a pot belly and flab because everything they’re made of becomes and attaches itself to areas high in body fat. Include double chin in that list. Whew it was hard to think and type all of that through because fat just tastes so darn good! The last time I ate a donut I knew it was going to be the last time as it whipped it’s way through my digestive system. I felt awful: groggy, bloated, headache, heavy for the hours it took to upset every single organ it blew out on it’s putrid way. The symptoms lasted for days, but I always feel bad when I know that I’m eating things that aren’t good for me. ‘Idiot’ comes to mind and stays there.

Avocado calories are complexly devoured by every cell of the body; they are the definition of antioxidant that protects against the chronic diseases of aging.  Avocado contain vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium (more than 2 bananas). Avocados also contain fiber, protein, glutathione and lutein which help protect against macular degeneration and cataracts. Lutein has recently  been discovered as a key ingredient for pregnant women to consume, it is a nutrient in mothers milk  and it has such long term effects that it protects their eyes AND their baby’s eyes from macular degeneration!

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Avocados are also great for pregnant women because they have a high folate content, avocados are a great combatant against birth defects like spinal bifiida and neural tube defects which have been linked to prevent strokes. The high dose of Vitamin E not only makes it a great candidate for a facial creme but it stops stretch marks from happening, not only in pregnant women but in people with weight gain from strenuous athletic activity or extreme weight loss.

On top of all that (!) the phytonutrients found in avocados (polyphenols and flavonoids), have been found to be anti-inflammatory, reducing the risk of degenerative joints, strengthening internal organ systems, add to the skins elasticity and strengthening connective tissue. Which helps immensely if exercising extensively as a way of life or to achieve a goal. Avocados also contain more soluble fiber than most foods, which help keep steady blood sugar levels, proper bowel regularity, and maintaining proper weight control.

Avocados sound like they’re made for the beautiful people, but it just might be responsible for what makes them so darn beautiful. When given a choice between an avocado and a donut don’t be a donut hole. Go green instead of potbelly. For avocado recipes including the gluten, dairy, sugar and salt free: Chocolate Avocado Pudding: https//www.good2eat4U.com

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