Maybe you didn't realize that a lowfat avocado was something the world wanted, but here's the thing: Fans of the smooth, green-fleshed, endlessly Instagrammable avocado can't seem to get enough , which sometimes means overdoing it on the healthy but high-fat fruits. And really, it's easy to see why. The avocado is so multipurpose that it fits seamlessly into breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and even desserts. Plus, it's packed with nutrients, and has a number of health benefits . From salads to sandwiches, dips to desserts , there's hardly a food that isn't improved by the mighty avocado.
There's only one problem: The FDA-approved serving size of an avocado, according to The Kitchn, is only a third of an avocado. Per day . Which is a little bit heartbreaking.
In response to this inescapable fact, Eurobanan, a Spanish fruit and vegetable distributor, has designed a new breed of avocado called the Avocado Light. According to The Kitchn , it's just like a regular avocado, but with 30 percent less fat. According to the USDA , the mean fat content of all varieties is about 29.47 grams of fat per avocado, so this would put the Avocado Light at around 20 g, give or take. Other bonuses: It has "smooth, shiny green skin," and "is fast ripening with a slow rate of oxidation," according to Fruitnet .
Here's the catch: Thus far, Eurobanan has only made the Avocado Light available in Spain, where it will officially go on sale later this month. And the company has not announced any plans to bring the lowfat toast topper to the U.S. thus far. This may not be the worst thing, since the healthy fats in avocado are really good for you, and regular avocados can be a great addition to your healthy lifestyle as long as you stick to a reasonable serving size .
We're not totally sold on the idea that this lower-fat avocado will hold up to the original. But hey, if the Avocado Light ever makes it over to the U.S., we'd at least give it a try.
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This homemade remineralizing toothpaste takes advantage of the remineralizing powers of bentonite clay (rich in calcium), xylitol (its sweetness also helps cover the taste of the bitter ingredients), calcium phosphate, magnesium chloride and clove oil (1).
It also contains cacao powder. Cacao(raw chocolate — not to be confused with cocoa, which is a highly-processed product) is the best-kept secret in tooth health! It has been shown to fight tooth decay by suppressing the bacteria that cause it and making it harder for them to coat teeth and gums (known as plaque) (2, 3). In toothpaste, cacao powder also acts a mild abrasive. And perhaps even better, it tastes really good, making tooth brushing a pleasure (and helping to cover less pleasant flavors). Hint: if you can’t brush, chew a few cacao nibs for a tasty, on-the-go, tooth cleaning.
We may think of our teeth as permanent structures. But the mineral building blocks (mostly calcium phosphate) in our teeth are in a constant state of flux, with some building blocks leaving and other new building blocks coming in to replace them. If more building blocks are leaving than returning, you end up with porous tooth enamel (the outer layer that is supposed to be super-hard), which is more susceptible to tooth decay bacteria. This net loss of minerals is called tooth demineralization (4).
What can you do to prevent tooth demineralization?
A high-stress lifestyle and eating a Western diet are both associated with tooth demineralization and tooth decay. So managing your stress and following a low sugar, low phytic-acid diet that is rich in minerals and fat-soluble vitamins are two good places to start.
Dry mouth has also been associated with tooth demineralization (5), so making sure you have a healthy amount of saliva is also important. Drinking plenty of water supports good saliva production. If your mouth remains dry, try practicing oil pulling, rinsing your mouth with a solution of slippery elm powder, or sucking slippery elm drops. You can make your own slippery elm drops, but don’t get carried away and suck them all day long as even healthy honey can promote tooth decay.
But can you turn tooth demineralization around?
Yes! Encouraging more mineral building blocks to repair porous enamel and mildly decayed spots on your teeth is called remineralization. And it is a proven technology. This is great news because intact original teeth are better looking, stronger, and longer-lasting than teeth with even the best fillings in them (plus you are saved the discomfort of drilling and filling cavities).
If your teeth are prone to decay, you may well benefit from a remineralizing toothpaste, which is a common way to deliver remineralizing compounds.
What’s in remineralizing toothpaste?
Until very recently, toothpastes designed to remineralize (repair) enamel were prescription-only and all contained high levels of sodium fluoride (NaF), a substance that has been shown to be dangerous to your health (and many still contain this chemical). Thankfully, dental researchers are starting to look for more ways to turn minor tooth decay around. Even better: you can now buy safe remineralizing toothpaste without a prescription or make it at home.
Here are two safe, natural remineralizing toothpaste ingredients that even mainstream dental researchers agree can help remineralize teeth (not that your dentist may have embraced them yet):
Calcium phosphate. Toothpaste containing calcium phosphate (a bioavailable form of calcium found in dairy products, also called amorphous calcium phosphate and casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate/CPP-ACP), has been shown to be an effective way to remineralize teeth, with results appearing in as little as two weeks (6, 7, 8, 9). Such toothpaste has also been found to be more effective than fluoride treatments and fluoride toothpaste for remineralizing porous enamel (10).
Magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is prevalent in the Western world and has been linked to a wide range of conditions and diseases, including tooth decay. (11) Teeth with higher magnesium content have been shown to be less prone to decay. (12) Tooth gel containing calcium glycerophosphate, magnesium chloride and xylitol has been shown to reverse early tooth decay spots. Two 15-minute applications significantly reduced tooth sensitivity in most subjects (13).
Although remineralizing toothpaste can be quite effective at preventing, stopping and even reversing mild tooth decay and gum issues, it isn’t a substitute for seeing your dentist for regular exams and professional care of advanced tooth decay or gum disease.
Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste
Total Time: 20 minutes
2–3 tablespoons of organic cacao powder OR bentonite clay OR a combination
3 tablespoons organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon granulated xylitol
10 drops magnesium oil OR trace minerals OR 5 drops of each
½ teaspoon calcium powder (calcium phosphate if possible); use a full teaspoon if you don’t use any bentonite clay
3 drops clove essential oil
3 drops vanilla essential oil
Measure dry ingredients into a small glass or stainless steel bowl.
Add the coconut oil (if it is solid, liquefy it first by setting the container in a bowl of hot water for 10–15 minutes, coconut oil melts at 76 F) and stir until completely combined.
Add the liquid ingredients and stir until completely combined. The xylitol crystals may still be visible; that’s fine.