Avocado: Real Food of the day

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Avocado is a fruit native to Central America and Mexico. It is technically classified as a member of the berries family, although we might agree it is definitely bigger than most of its family friends. Nowadays, avocado trees can be found in essentially all continents, from North America to Australia.

An open avocado

Incredibly rich in monounsaturated fat, avocados typically have 10% of its composition made of this important fatty acid, a vital element to reduce the “bad cholesterol” (low-density lipoprotein, or simply LDL). Not only that, they are also a great source of vitamin K – essential for healthy, strong bones.

Now that you know a bit more about its history and general composition, here are five fantastic facts about avocados, backed by scientific research:

Fact 1: Reduce bad cholesterol (LDL)

You had a preview of this topic in the initial paragraphs of this text, but now let’s talk about real numbers. A Mexican study discovered that the individuals in the experiment group had a reduction of 16% in their levels of LDL with a moderate consumption of the fruit.

Fact 2: Blood pressure regulator

Avocado is also an important source of potassium. You might not know, but potassium is used by your body as a regulator for blood pressure, making proper use of this element when a reduction in blood pressure is necessary. So, as suggested by this Harvard study, if you want some help to push your blood pressure down, stock up some avocados.

Fact 3: Promote weight loss

Some people incorrectly believe that avocados are strictly forbidden if they want to lose weight. Yes, they are fatty, but 75% of its fat is unsaturated, which, in fact, turns out to be a fantastic replacement for other types of food, less healthy and rich in saturated fat. Too good to be true? Check this study for more details.

Fact 4: Combat cancer

As if all the facts above weren’t enough to convince you about the benefits of avocado, here is a very important one: it helps to combat certain types of cancer. This study by the American Association for Cancer Research discovered that the lipids found in avocados will fight damaged cells, whilst preserving healthy ones.

Fact 5: Anti-inflammatory agent

Avocados naturally contain fatty acids rich in omega 3, phytosterols, and carotenoid antioxidants. This might sound like a collection of buzzwords, but these are essential elements that constitute a great anti-inflammatory agent. People fighting arthritis, for example, can specially benefit from this characteristic.

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Avocado - Nutritional Facts
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Great! Now that you know that avocados can be found in all five inhabited continents and they rightfully own the title of super food, bring some with you on your next trip to the supermarket. And if you’re looking for ideas on how to use avocados in your next meal, check the recipes with avocado we have published so far.

Honey: Real Food of the day

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A spoon of honey
Last time you used a spoon of honey, did you stop to think about its origin? Long story short, honey bees produce honey from nectar and they use it as one of their primary sources of food. When used in its raw form, honey has the same sweetness as granulated sugar!

It is important to keep in mind that its healthiest form is called raw honey, avoiding regular honey as much as possible. Why? Raw honey preserves all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, whilst the regular one has the highly undesirable high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), something that you should avoid at all costs due to the recent discoveries that link it to many modern diseases.

Now that you are super confident about having it as part of your diet, here are five incredible facts about raw honey:

Fact 1: Better night’s sleep

A single tablespoon of honey before going to bed will give your body the exact right type and quantity of food it needs to burn off excess weight throughout the night. And as it is a natural sugar, it will reduce your craving for any other – bad – sugars.

Fact 2: Natural sore throat relief

To effectively treat a sore throat, gargling raw honey is a very effective preventive and healing measure. Honey has natural properties that will completely destroy harmful germs and sooth your throat at the same time. A simple recipe: a cup of tea with honey is also very soothing.

Fact 3: Immune booster

Raw honey contains significant amounts of antioxidants, which are vital elements to boost our immune system. A daily consumption of raw honey positively raises the blood leves of protective antioxidants. These are essential to protect our overall well-being during depressive or stressful situations.

Fact 4: Natural burn relief

Summer is just around the corner and summer sunburns are very frequent amongst kids and teenagers. Simply use your fingers full of honey and apply it on the affected area. Studies have shown that sunburns tend to heal three to four days faster with honey. The same idea can be used to treat minor burns from scalding.

Fact 5: Relief for hay fever

Pollen count is an important element to be understood by anyone suffering with hay fever. Having a teaspoon of raw honey made by bees from your own neighbourhood will help to relieve hay fever symptoms. Similarly, chew on a piece of honeycomb from a local hive to increase the effects and prevent hay fever from occurring at all.

Nutrition table
Nutritional table
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Just keep in mind that if you are currently following a low sugar diet, you should limit your daily consumption as it has a considerable amount of sugar. 😉

Now that you know all these things, what are you doing here? Go ahead and try some of our best recipes with honey!

Low Carb Nut Bar
Low Carb Nut Bar
Almond Bread
Almond Bread

Banana: Real Food of the day

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According to some historical sources, banana was one of the very first cultivated fruits in the agricultural history. Our ancestors strongly believed bananas had healing powers and also increased power, fertility, and overall prosperity.

In addition to what our ancestors believed in, here are five amazing facts about bananas:

Fact 1: Muscle function booster

Bananas are high in potassium – which is a crucial element for muscle function. They also work great for athletes – even weekend ones – because they come with their own, perfectly designed, packaging, ready to be taken anywhere you want to go.

Fact 2: High in vitamin B6

B6 is the vitamin responsible in the making of the chemicals used to transmit signals in and to the brain. It is also widely used by the human body to synthesise antibodies, which will fight various diseases and help to keep a person healthy for longer.

Fact 3: Natural anti-inflammatory

There are many conditions that cause inflammation or swelling to our bodies. Women can immensely benefit from the consumption of bananas to ease the symptoms of PMS. Bananas are also rich in potassium, which will help to prevent water retention and the overall bloated feeling.

Fact 4: Blood pressure regulator

Several studies have found that a daily consumption of bananas can aid to lower blood pressure. One of these studies claims that bananas, only by themselves, can help to reduce blood pressure by 10 per cent! Combine this with a healthy lifestyle for the best possible results.

Fact 5: Boost calcium absorption

Calcium is a vital element to our body functions and it needs to be properly absorbed before our bodies can use it. Around two per cent of an adult’s body is made up of calcium. Virtually every cell in our body will use calcium in some way – so increased calcium absorption is fantastic!

Nutrition table
Source - MyNetDiary APP
Source – MyNetDiary APP

Just keep in mind that if you are currently following a low carb diet, you should limit your daily banana consumption as it has a considerable amount of sugar. 😉

Now that you know all these things, what are you doing here? Go ahead and try some of our best banana recipes!

Sugar free Banana Ice Cream
Sugar free Banana Ice Cream
Low Carb Banana Bread
Low Carb Banana Bread