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Guilty pleasure or Superfood?

The latest scientific research shows clear evidence of the futility, and most likely a health hazard of the fat-free diets. But sadly, the useless, though highly profitable fat-free products continue to dominate the shelves of even the so-called organic, health-conscious markets. The diehard carbo-loading fanantics are still at it, claiming that food such as Avocado, which contains healthy monounsaturated fat, is a "cholesterol raising caloric trap". These types of statements though intellectually bankrupt, do serve a good purpose. They provide a strong scientific evidence of the type of brain malnourishment that can occur when healthy fats are not present in a diet of a human being.
For those interested in investigating the origins of the anti-fat apocalypse, I recommend the well established and highly accurate practice for finding the authenticity: "follow the money trail".
Ok, off the soap-box. Here at Biofoodcare, we are interested only in true unbiased science and according to the latest research, Avocado is a true superfood. It contains unique, health benefiting properties and is a very versatile ingredient in the kitchen.

Here are the facts:

  • Avocado support healthy muscle function

    Avocado is high source of potassium. As a matter of fact, it is much higher in potassium than bananas. Maybe the tennis pros should break out a healthy bowl of guacamole during the break in matches to avoid those severe muscle cramps often caused by unbalanced minerals.

  • Avocado is a good source of Vitamin E and Vitamin K

    These fat soluble vitamins are responsible for maintaining the proper blood consistency and clotting. Vitamin E is a powerful cellular oxidation regulator, and along with Vitamin K maintains beautiful skin.

  • Avocados support and maintain the cardiovascular system

    The monounsaturated fatty acid present in avocado is important building block in the formation and maintenance of cell membrane.

  • Avocado has the highest useable fiber content of all the fruit or vegetables

    The insoluble fiber present in avocados is highly beneficial for the bowl health and assist in proper motility.

  • Avocados support eye health

    Carotenoids Lutein and Zeaxanthin, are key agents that support and maintain the eyesight and eye health in general.

  • Avocados support healthy prostate

    Lycopene can inhibit the growth of the prostate cancer, currently ranked second highest among US male population.

  • Avocados have special special benefits for people affected by Diabetes

    Being a good source of Mannoheptulose - slow releasing sugar, avocados are good blood sugar stabilizer can deliver sustaining energy which is crucial for people with Diabetes

Quick Avocado Canapes

2 Hass Avocados
1 Tomato
1 Medium Shallot finely diced ( to tame the sulfuric acid marinate it in a citrus juice for few minutes )
Handful of Cilantro ( or to taste)
1/2 or more Lemon + the zest or Lime ( adjust to taste )
2 Tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( adjust to taste )
A pinch or 2 of fresh Cumin
Salt & Pepper
1 English cucumber

Blend the citrus juice, olive oil and finely diced shallot in the mixing bowl. Chop the avocados, tomato in equal size pieces, approximately 1/4 inch dice. Place in a bowl and season well with salt pepper and cumin. Add cilantro and mix gently as not to turn the avocado in to mush. Let it sit for few minutes. Meanwhile peel the cucumber if needed, slice in rounds and season lightly with salt, pepper and cumin. Place a mound of salad on each cucumber slice, squeeze a bit of citrus juice on each canape and serve.

Biofoodcare Raw Avocado Chocolate Mousse

2 Hass Avocados
2 Tbsp Raw Cacao powder*
2 tspn Lemon juice
3 Tbsp Raw Coconut milk**
3 Medjul Dates
6 drops of Stevia ( adjust to taste )
1 tspn Shoyu

Blend all the ingredients in a food processor or blender till smooth. Allow to set in a refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

*Raw Cacao powder is unprocessed, unheated product. However, you can use a good quality organic cacao powder that has been processed with alkali. The mousse will still turn out delicious, it it wont be considered raw by the purists.
**To make Raw Coconut milk, blend the flesh of fresh coconut with enough coconut water or just plain water to achieve creamy consistency. Alternatively use coconut butter product, which is a sweet paste made by grinding the flesh of mature coconuts to the consistency of butter. Likewise add enough water to make the desired consistency.
If none available, use the best canned coconut milk you can find. Though, the mousse can no longer be considered raw, as all the canned coconut milk is usually pasteurized ( heated ) to extend its shelf life and/or thickened by various gums.

By Eli Katz / 06.23.11

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