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The all-star avocado: A renowned super food that is as nutritious as it is delicious

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By LUISA HEENAN

Avocados are a daily staple in our household, especially because—despite the fact that the ones we get in Japan usually come from Mexico—they are readily available and at almost every supermarket, vegetable store and even many convenience storesall ripe and ready to eat.

Avocados are nutrient-dense powerhouses, full of minerals including fiber, potassium, folic acid, and vitamins B, C, E and K. Plus, they are packed with essential healthy fats.

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These are just some of the many benefits of this yummy little superfood:

  • Supports heart, brain and cardiovascular health
  • Assists with the absorption of nutrients from other foods, so are a perfect addition to salads to optimize the health benefits of other vegetables
  • Low in sugar, high in fiber and low in carbohydrates for stabilization of blood sugars—especially important for diabetics but also for anyone to avoid those blood sugar spikes throughout the day
  • Being high in fiber, it keeps you feeling fuller for longer and promotes bowel function, being a good choice for those trying to lose weight
  • A member of the “Clean 15”, a list of fruits and vegetables with the lowest pesticides detected, making it safe to buy non-organic varieties

The easiest ways to add avocado to your daily eating are to chop it up and add it to salads, spread it on toast as a substitute for butter (it goes great with poached eggs), and use it in tacos or homemade sushi. It is also so versatile that it can crush most sweet, savory or creamy cravings without the guilt.

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There is no such thing as a ‘superfood’. The article fails to mention how calorie dense avocados are, not to mention their high carbon footprint.

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Its name evolved from the Aztecan Nahuatl ahuakatl, meaning "testicle," based on resemblance. You'd think that alone would make it popular in aphrodisiac-loving Asian countries.

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There is no such thing as a ‘superfood’

superfood | ˈnoun

a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being

Avocado sounds pretty super to me.

Growing a plant from an avocado stone is pretty easy and fun.

I even got mine to flower, but no fruit because apparently the flowers on any one tree switch from being female in the morning to male in the evening, or vice versa; so no pollination. Seems you have to have a plantation of them, or be organised enough to save the pollen.

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Sugar spikes? Sugar spikes are much safer health wise than insulin crashing. This article is absurd. Please do not post anything talking about diabetes if you are not going to split type two and type one. Type two is usually from corpulent obese huge people without exercising but type one usually are ver in key to their bodies.

Sugar spikes can be checked if needed but most diabetic people know when it is spiking through various physical attributes, but the older they get, the less they can naturally read them.

Avocados are excellent for diabetic one people. Too fatty for obese diabetic two people.

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Avocados are excellent for diabetic one people. Too fatty for obese diabetic two people.

I agree, but Avocados are just way too overrated as fruit.

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Cleo, I talked with a grower who told me that the graft male branches to female trees to produce fruit. Sounds a bit out of my league.

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the graft male branches to female trees to produce fruit

Now there's an idea.....I'd given up on trying to grow my own avocados, but I think I might give it another try....

Grafting is way out of my league too, but at least the seeds are free so there's not much lost by trying!

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Try several times to grow them from seed. Furthest I got was about 2m high 2cm thick. Then the snow came and killed it.

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Please to dot tout the avocado without mentioning how tremendously damaging to the environment is to produce it. Think ranforests the size of a small country cut down within 2 years to establish avocado platations. The said plantation sustained by thousands of tons of chemical fertilizer and insecticide, and millions over millions of hectoriters of diesel-pumped irrigation water ending up tainted by the said chemicals...

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https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/02/avocado-environment-cost-food-mexico/

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ebisen:

Somehow, I think the meat industry does more damage to the environment than avocados. And don't get me started on the sludge.

cleo:

I even got mine to flower,

That's one better than me.

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cleoMar. 5  02:06 pm JST

There is no such thing as a ‘superfood’

superfood | ˈnoun

Growing a plant from an avocado stone is pretty easy and fun.

I even got mine to flower, but no fruit because apparently the flowers on any one tree switch from being female in the morning to male in the evening, or vice versa; so no pollination. Seems you have to have a plantation of them, or be organised enough to save the pollen.

 

Well, maybe it should be called a transcado.

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