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Two of the most popular New Year’s resolutions here in the U.S. are to lose weight and get fit. These are both worthy goals, but be very careful if they’re yours. Losing weight often involves dieting, which involves reducing your fat intake – and that can lead to the reduction of the wrong fats.

Contrary to popular belief, fat is not the enemy. In fact, healthy fats are essential to a healthy body – and therein lies the key: healthy fats.

Among other nutritional benefits, avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats  – the kind of fats your body needs to be healthy. In fact, the good cholesterol found in avocados’ monounsaturated fats (HDL) actually reduce the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) in your body.

Eating avocados is a smart way for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores to consume lots of creamy, delicious fat without all the negative side effects.

7 Health Benefits of Eating Avocados

So! Healthy fats. That’s a bonus benefit. Here are 7 other scientifically-proven health benefits of adding avocados to your meal.

  1. They’re packed with fiber. A single avocado has about 9 grams of fiber (more than 25% of the daily-recommended allowance (RDA)) Fiber is good for your heart and good for your digestive tract. It keeps things moving through your system, reduced cholesterol and it also helps to balance blood sugar levels by regulating the rate at which sugar enters your blood stream.
  1. Nutritional values read like a multivitamin. Scan down the list of nutrients housed in a single avocado and it feels like you’re reading the nutritional information on the side of a daily multivitamin. A 3.5 ounce serving of avocado contains 10% or more of the RDA of:
    –Vitamin C
    –Vitamin E
    –Vitamin B6
    –Vitamin B9, also known as folic acid (20% RDA)
    –Vitamin K (26% of RDA)
    –Potassium
    –Copper
    Avocados also contain smaller amounts of vitamin A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), zinc, iron, phosphorous, magnesium and manganese.
  2. It’s a superfood. The designation of a superfood means that a food product packs a valuable nutritional punch without any bad cholesterol, salt and is low in fat. Avocados meet all those requirements. Plus, at only 160 calories per fruit (they are a fruit since there’s a seed inside), 2 grams of protein and 9 grams of monounsaturated fat, they help to fill you up without needing a whole lot of calories.
  3. Avocados have more potassium than a banana. Potassium is an essential mineral because it facilitates a healthy heartbeat and cell function. Bananas are often touted as a natural potassium supplement – and they are. However, they don’t hold a candle to the amount of potassium found in an avocado. While a whole banana contains about 10% of your RDA of potassium, a 3.5 ounce serving of avocado has about 14% of your RDA, and that’s not even the whole avocado!
  4. Reduce arthritis symptoms. Avocados have gained notoriety in the press lately due to recent studies that show avocados can reduce the painful and debilitating side-effects of arthritis, especially for osteoarthritis patients who have trouble with their knees and/or hips.
  5. They lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. After your annual wellness visit, your doctor provides you with readings of your healthy cholesterol (HDLs), bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides. Ideally, you want your LDL to be in the higher range, while your LDL and triglycerides should be lower. Depending on your age, genetics and lifestyle habits – many adults find their measurements are in the opposite categories. If this is the case for you, adding avocado to your diet can boost good cholesterol and lower your LDL and triglyceride levels. These findings are enhanced even further if you migrate towards a more vegetarian diet.
  6. Sponge up extra nutrients. Remember we said it’s not a good idea to completely eliminate fat from your diet? Some nutrients, like vitamins A, D, E, and K are considered fat-soluble. This means they need to be ingested along with fat, in order for your body to absorb them. If you cut fat out of your diet, these fat-soluble nutrients can run right through your digestive tract without being absorbed. The same holds true for certain antioxidants. Including avocados or avocado oil in your salads, snacks and meals helps your body to make the most of any fat-soluble nutrients it consumes.

We’re lucky to live here in California where avocados grow profusely and have a shorter distance to travel to find their lucky grocery store purchaser. Visit Golden Gate Organics and place your order. Ripe, delicious and nutritious, certified-organic avocados will be waiting on your doorstep before you know it.

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After all, from the beginning of time, crops were planted and harvested where? You guessed it: in the Earth. That’s how it’s always been. That’s how the divine whatevers intended it to work, and it honestly can’t work any other way. Hence why organic farmers are arguing the fact that hydroponics can’t possibly be considered USDA organic certified since the process doesn’t even require soil.organic-farmers

The Argument Organic Farmers Are Making, of Course, Is Backed by the Very Best

The Cornucopia Institute, for example — there you have the standard watchdog group for everything USDA organic, stating that the actual goals of organic production simply require soil. The nutrients in the soil are unmatched. It also contributes to the environment given that it’s a 2-way street. Planting and harvesting crops benefits the Earth just as much as it benefits us as human beings, so then the question again remains:

Why should hydroponics be considered USDA organic? Good question. A question for every foodie, chef, or culinary hopeful.

Of course, hydroponic farmers everywhere are putting up a good literary fight on this deliberation, but it remains to be seen. It’s going to be a long battle on whether or not hydroponic produce can deserve the label of ORGANIC just like the rest of our products done the true and tried way. Sure, hydroponics requires an artificial system of growing. Sure, they’re not using an ounce of soil to grow their produce. But should that matter? Hmm….

What Do You Think, Readers?

Should the label ORGANIC strictly be only for those organic farmers tilling the Earth? Or can be apply it to those innovative growers operating tubes and vats of amplified water? At the moment, hydroponics can be labeled as organic, but that may change. Your opinions matter. Let us know what you think.

 

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You can’t shake the fact that hydroponics has made a dent in the health foods market for good reason. They’re basically growing produce without soil and using honestly the healthiest substance known to man on this Earth: water. Infused water with all the natural nutrients crops actually need. A genius form of farming when you think about it. However, when it comes to the USDA organics industry, there’s some deliberation on whether or not hydroponics has earned the right to be considered organic. As in, these crops aren’t even utilizing the Earth at all. Plain and simple.hydroponic-farmers-1

Hydroponic Farmers, Though, Have Made an Important Point Here:

By simply not using the soil of the Earth, they’re contributing to the environment while providing the healthiest foods. An interesting viewpoint. Since organics does promote sustainability, that leaves soil alone, resulting in less damage, deterioration, and longevity. After all, water never gets ‘stale’. Lakes and rivers don’t exactly dry up or get contaminated, so to speak. Hydroponics aren’t necessarily governed by the weather, global warming, and other adverse effects that could contaminate the Earth. By leaving the Earth alone, hydroponics actually contributes to the environment in much the same way traditional organics do, which adheres to the basic principles behind the USDA.

Whether or not the board of public volunteers comprised of organic farmers, environmentalists and consumer advocates would agree with that assessment is another story, though. Still, it’s quite compelling, and the proof is in the hydroponic pudding, as it were. The question then is simple:

Does This Argument Hold for You?

Or are hydroponic farmers grasping for straws here? They make a point about the Earth and the efficiency of traditional organic farming, albeit very healthy, determined, homegrown and reliable. If you can make the highest quality produce with minimal effect to the Earth, wouldn’t that also be considered as organic? You be the judge. Let us know what you think.

 

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Organic farming isn’t just about planting and harvesting foot without any additives or preservatives, believe it or not. It’s all about the soil. The Earth. And more importantly — it’s about using anything organic, anything coming from the Earth not only when planting, but harvesting. Why do you always see certain containers made from wood or baskets when organic farmers? Wherever you store your organic produce, it better be completely natural for good reason. Plastic and other materials can container-1potentially contaminate your product, so as far as organics go, the complete natural model sticks.

That’s Why Organic Farmers Are Deliberating on What the Term “Container” Actually Means

As far as USDA organic certification, the term “container” has a certain meaning. When concerning hydroponics, there’s the issue of the possibility that there can be loopholes now. What is a container? What constitutes a “container”? The issue’s made more of a problem given the fact that hydroponic farmers utilize everything from a system of tubes to large vats in growing the produce.

There lies the problem, of course: can it really be considered organic if they’re using all of those materials? They’re not using the Earth to grow their crops. They’re not even using fertilizer. There’s no visible nourishment in the soil. When considering the language of USDA organic certification, the term “container,” as you can see, becomes more and more of a problem.

What Does That Mean for Hydroponics?

The issue is that hydroponics would like to tap into the organics industry in a big way, but they’re receiving plenty of controversy in the matter. The question is what do you think? Does the container matter? Or the manner in which they grow their crops? Is the way they grow their crops truly organic? Or is it just a synthetic method of growing crops resulting in the exact same quality, freshness and healthy contribution?

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Seriously, you won’t find a much more dead-heat battle of rhetoric in the USDA organic industry than in here, because the arguments are based on many factors: environment, literal definitions, science, We’re bordering on legal here when the idea of simple produce really shouldn’t be! It’s all about nutrition and the body, our Earth and the environment. That’s not the case here: there’s a dispute on whether or not the latest technology in farming, hydroponics, should be USDA organic certified. Some say NAY. Others say YAY.

Here’s the Breakdown Just for You on the Arguments Against Hydroponics usda-organicBecoming USDA Organic Certified

The issue’s rather simple: hydroponics is the growing of produce in water, basically. Not soil. Call it whatever you want, but it is a genius endeavor. There’s just one problem: soil benefits from the planting and harvesting of our organic food, so we’re having some traditional organic farmers throwing up arms, believing that the USDA certifying hydroponics might throw the entire industry into a tailspin. After all, water’s not soil. However, water’s natural, too. So why can’t it be considered “organic”?

Here are the three arguments currently being waged in a war of USDA organic certification:

We’re talking cutthroat here, just from that. It’s serious. The issue you have to keep in mind regarding all of this is….

If Hydroponics Doesn’t Actually Use the Earth, Can It Truly Be Considered Organic?

A valid question. And when hydroponic farmers use everything but soil, you begin to wonder…. Still, they utilize vitamin-instilled water as the basis for growing plants and vegetables, so shouldn’t that be enough for them to be considered USDA organic? You be the judge. What do you think?

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In all fairness, if someone already has cancer, we concede this important fact: beets won’t get rid of it. One thing’s for sure, though: beets will certainly prevent the onset of cancer! But that’s not all: the benefits of beets go far above the threat against cancer, and we’ll get to cancer in just a moment. You’ll freak when you find out why beets beat out cancer so easily….

First Off, Beets Are, in Fact, an Anti-Inflammatory

For those understanding the environment quite well, you’ll know what inflammation’s all about. Everything from asthma, to head colds, to an enormous assortment of ailments plaguing the human race. And it’s all about inflammation. Thank the organic godsbeets-beat-out-cancer-1 that beets are quite the anti-inflammatory food, capable of protecting your cells, proteins and enzymes.

How do beets do that? Simply put, beets contain a unique source of betaine, a anti-inflammatory nutrient capable of eradicating the nasties from your system in true form. This includes the C reactive protein, interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor alpha. Now we know that sounds all science fiction-y, but all you need to know is that the entire combination we just mentioned to you is responsible for benefiting the entirety of your cardiovascular system. In other words: eat beets, breathe easier.

What a Way to Detox!

What stinks about the world we live in is that we’re constantly bombarded by toxins all around us. That’s why we have that immune system. Our lines of defense are designed to protect us from the worst. The great thing about beets is that the betalin pigments you find in them actually help support your body’s phase 2 detoxification process.

When you accidentally or just by happen chance ingest anything that’s considered a toxin, your body will break it down much faster than when low on the nutrient beets are rich in.

And Thirdly, Beets Beat Out Cancer, Because….

Be prepared…. This will blow your mind: but it turns out that beets have specific phytonutrients making it possible to ward off cancer. What are phytonutrients? Oh, nothing much other than the reason why beets have that deep crimson-red color they’re so known for. That’s right: the reason beets are dark red is the reason why you’ll live free of cancer!

In fact, research proved that beet root extract actually reduces tumor formations when combined with drinking water. The study was conducted with animals, so there’s no doubt that it would also have a similar effect on humans. In fact, beet root extract is being studied for human pancreatic, breast and prostate cancers. Remarkable.

Who Knew?

Well, now you know that beets beat out cancer, among other things. There are a ton of other benefits of beets for you to know about, so click right here and find out. Without a doubt, though, these specific reasons are enough clout to prove that beets are beasts in the health industry. Rawr.

 

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We’re serious: talk to your kids about this one. They may not listen at first, but over time as they get older, they’re going to realize that the voice in their heads happens to be yours talking about how health will dramatically improve the more you eat these beets. It’s pretty clear: the benefits of beets beat out just about anything else….

And Here’s Why the Benefits of Beets Are the Best

Prompt your kids first on this important fact first: it just so happens that beets have the highest sugar content of all the veggies out there. That should soften them up a bit. However, beets are supremely high in carbs, which is why you often need to eat these bad boys sparingly. Still, a few times a week as well as the greens associated with them should be very sufficient when it comes to the benefits of beets. Yes, they’re earthy. Yes, they’ve got that soft rubbery consistency. But when you boil down this science for them, they’ll see the light (hopefully you can do the same drill for brussel sprouts):benefits-of-beets-1

The Goal Is Getting Those Little Ones to at Least Try Beets, Right?

Or better yet, maybe you’re having some trouble trying them as well! Just suck it up…. Your body means everything to you, as well as your well-being. And Golden Gate Organics, you know, loves your well-being. So take these benefits of beets to heart. As a little side with dinner, they’re perfect. Always get them organic. And above all else, do try them with brussel sprouts, too. We insist.

 

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Sure, it’s a given that beets have that richness we all love regarding nutrients and even fiber (or maybe you didn’t know that). Yes, they’re good for you. But just how good are beets for you? Sometimes breaking down the benefits really does help you see the light on what beets can do for your body. So don’t be surprised when your jaw drops over hearing about some of the stuff you never considered. Yes, vitamins are great; but did you know just what they can do for you at the best quantities and what-beets-can-do-1qualities? Beets speak the truth!

Aside From All Sorts of Nutrients and Fiber….

Beets even can help reduce the risk of birth defects.

You heard correctly. Birth defects. And here’s why: Beets happen to contain the rare B vitamin folate, which has been known to benefit prenatal health. Shocking, right? Yes, knowing what beets can do for your body is essential especially when those little roots are chock full of vitamin C as well. Plus fiber. And also other essential minerals like potassium. Now we know a lot of foods have that mineral. But what you don’t know is that beets are literally packed with them, in just one small beet root (and the greens). Hardly would fill you up at all. Talk about economy!

Additionally, manganese is another mineral beets are well known for, providing nourishment for bones, liver, kidneys and the pancreas. All you need is a few beets per week, and you’re set! There are some veggies out there where you need a healthy serving just to get a good percentage of that, and really all you need are three beats, and that’s it!

You Can Then See That What Beets Can Do for the Body Involves a Lot of Convenience!

And in this day and age, convenience is key. Now we know it’s not exactly customary to keep some beet roots and greens packed in your lunch box, but in all honesty, is it all that bad? Knowing that there are so many benefits of beets out there, I’d carry an entire garden of these beets with me wherever I go!

 

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Did you know you can even drink beet juice? It sounds a bit blaaaah, but try to sweeten it up some, and it could be bearable. Why? You won’t believe what beets can actually do for you when it comes to your blood pressure and stamina. And that’s not even from drinking beet juice. Just eat ’em! The benefits of beets are aplenty, and here’s why:

So What About Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure for us is like the barometer for weather. We always have to keep an eye on it just in case that hurricane hits. So needless to say, blood pressure balance is crucial. Guess what: beet juice just happens to lower your blood pressure literally inbeets working out just a few hours! And people want to mess with medications…. They’re missing the easiest solution on the planet.

A study proves that one glass of beet juice can actually reduce that blood pressure by 4 to 5 points tops. Staggering. And it’s all thanks to the nitrates in beets converted into nitric oxide. What does nitric oxide do? In essence, the chemical will actually dilate your blood vessels, making your blood thin enough to lower the pressure and make life a little easier for you. Talk about natural…. Again, forget medications!

Still, There’s NO WAY Beets Can Boost Stamina Better Than a 5-Hour Energy Drink

Oh, but it can. Organically. And with sustainability in mind. The benefits of beets are such that you don’t even need processed chemicals designed to “pep” you up. You just need the natural substances, consistently, over time, and you’ll be an engine of beefed-up beet-eating fat burners, and here’s why: a study was actually conducted regarding beet juice, proving that those who had drank a good glass of that stuff ended up having the energy to work out as close as 15% longer than usual.

Why is that? Well, think about it: sure, it decreases your blood pressure, but what that means is beets will also reduce your oxygen cost for low-intensity exercise. This also in turn increases your tolerance for weight-lifting and some of the more intense workouts you might be accustomed to.

In essence, you’ll spend less oxygen to do what you need to do, hence you’ll be able to do it longer — ergo, you’ll develop your muscles even more.

How’s THAT for a Major Benefit of Beets?

You can imagine a lot of kids getting blown out of the water over beets just from that. We suggest, though, that you have the most ripped monster of a man advertise the benefits of beets to kids while flexing the biceps. We’re pretty sure kids might want to try out some beet juice and start pumping the iron. You know those kids are going to want to get the guns locked and loaded before they hit the teen years.

 

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Sure, you’ll lose out on the crackers. But who needs crackers? You can skip that if you want to go gluten-free. As far as dinner options for going gluten-free goes, you’ve got possibilities. But what about the bread? Or the pasta? What then? Check out these two options….

Because These Two Options Will Make Skipping Crackers and Bread Seem Likego-gluten-free-bread-1 a Breeze

The key is taking advantage of all sorts of pasta alternatives. Namely vegetable pasta or vegetable noodles! Yes, there is such a thing. You just have to prepare the veggies just right. An option you might like would be zucchini fettuccini! Cut the veggie in just the right way, boil the strings, and you have something similar to your favorite fettuccini noodles. Additionally, carrots make for a great spachetti substitute. All you need is that peeler, and you’re good to go.

What about bread crumbs, though? You can’t go without those bread crumbs, those perfect binders for everything meat loaf related and so on and so forth. How do you keep the meatballs all together without the bread crumbs? The good news is this: yes we have an alternative here, utilizing almond meal ‘bread crumbs, which also seconds as a coating for fried anything. Who knew? Look for almond meal anywhere you find groceries, especially alternative sections, and you’re golden.

These Are Great Options for When You Want Something Italian

As far as dinner options go for gluten-free, these are super winners for the food aficionado. Of course, you can employ all the other great options we have available for gluten-free dinners, and the possibilities are actually endless. Italian food, however, must have the filling grains. That’s how you get the belly happy. The good news now is you can get those filling ‘grains’ without the gluten. And that’s amore.