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Open Up and Say Ahhh-vocado!

May 22, 2013

Avocado.  It used to be a dirty word, but no longer.  This tough little fruit has become a super fruit over the past couple years and it’s now celebrated for its healthy goodness.  They are also extremely delicious!  Today we continue our May series on healthy foods for your teeth by talking about the dental health advantages of avocados. 

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I buy at least 5 avocados a week for our family.  When you eat Paleo, they’re a staple.  In fact, I enjoyed one this morning for breakfast all by itself.  We eat them with everything and sometimes I feel like Dr. Seuss… Would you eat one on a boat?  Would you eat them with a goat?  Would you eat them in a house?  Or with a mouse?  The answer is always a resounding YES!  Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat that is burned for energy, low in fructose, and provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients; including fiber, potassium, vitamin E, folic acid and B vitamins.  We have a history of high cholesterol and avocados have proven to decrease LDL and triglyceride levels and increase the “good” HDL cholesterol. 

Over the years, studies have linked the nutrients in avocados and the prevention of oral cancer making researchers say, “wholly guacamole!”  Unfortunately, due to late detection oral cancer has a mortality rate of nearly 50%, boosting the proportion of oral cancer deaths higher than that of breast, cervical, or skin cancers.  All things considered, it seems adding a little avocado to your diet is a really good idea. 

Steven D’Ambrosio and other researchers pioneered the first fruit and vegetable study related to cancer cells and endorsed avocados for their cancer prevention properties.  “As far as we know, this is the first study of avocados and oral cancer,” says D'Ambrosio. “We think these phytochemicals either stop the growth of precancerous cells in the body or they kill the precancerous cells without affecting normal cells.”  Since then, the amazing fruit has proven to help prevent other cancers and diseases as well. 

According to the California Avocado Commission, there is a proper way to peel an avocado in order to keep its most important nutrients.

  1. First, cut the avocado length-wise, around the seed
  2. Holding each half, twist them in the opposite directions to separate them from the seed
  3. Remove the seed
  4. Cut each half, lengthwise
  5. Next, using your thumb and index finger, peel the skin off each piece
  6. To preserve any leftover avocado, lightly spray it with cooking oil and wrap in plastic wrap

It is amazing how changes in your diet can help prevent disease.  Remember that regular dental exams, brushing twice a day and flossing will keep your mouth in good shape.  Adding a little extra green into your life with make your mouth and body even happier!

Thanks for reading our May series on Healthy Foods for Dental Wellness.  Be sure to check back next week for more great dental insights and while you’re at it, check out our cool quote engine to find the right dental plan for your needs.  Until then, keep you smile bright and your outlook on life brighter!


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