Avocados and Diabetes

Enjoying what you harvested from your backyard is rewarding. The avocados that are featured here (above) come from the avocado tree outside of the Immaculate Concepcion Chapel of the Ateneo High School. The tree stands within the grounds used for prayer and reflection, a sanctuary in the high school for those who would like to spend their downtime, or their deliberate time to commune with God in the midst of the hustle and bustle of school.

I love avocados and I eat them raw. I also love them prepared the probinsyano way: with condensed milk or as a fruit shake (yes, avocados are fruits, not vegetables). But I have to abandon anything with sugar because of my diabetes. Since I have been taking avocado as it is, I have loved its taste. You see, my taste buds miss a lot of flavor from the fruit when sugar and milk mask them.

This is the avocado tree outside of the Immaculate Concepcion Chapel, Ateneo High School. You can reflect in this spot. Photo: Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ

This is the avocado tree outside of the Immaculate Concepcion Chapel, Ateneo High School. You can reflect in this spot. Photo: Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ

Avocados are super foods. They are perfect for us whose blood sugar levels go up and down. These spikes destroy our internal organs. Medicine has it that we do not die of diabetes, but we die from the complications that arise from having one. Rich the Diabetic tells us of the health benefits of avocados in his website :

“So the benefits of avocados for diabetics are:  Low insulin needs, increases good cholesterol, and keeps electrolyte levels up.  Oh, and with that much fiber, it’ll make you poop the way you’re supposed to.”

Anyways, when you are able to enjoy nature — the way I enjoy raw avocados — it gives you reason to take care of it. Imagine if the avocado that’s healthy for diabetics suddenly becomes extinct? That would be a tragedy, a great loss! Many will be deprived of its benefits plus the other ways we enjoy the fruit. There will be no avocado shakes, no avocado for guacamole, no avocado for fiber, no avocado for healthy cholesterol, and so on and so forth.

If you don’t want something beautiful and healthy to vanish from the earth, the tendency is to preserve and cultivate it. If we haven’t experienced the beauty of God’s creation, we will not be able to palpably comprehend what Pope Francis urges us to do in his encyclical, Laudato Si.

When Pope Francis urges us to care for the environment, he reiterates that our lives depend on this earth. This planet is our home. It is God’s garden for everyone to enjoy.

So I eat avocado. I savor each spoonful knowing that eating it is God’s way of keeping me alive.

I am eating avocado now as I write. And there is a tug in my heart that urges me to plant more fruit trees. Not just for diabetics, but for all of us.

2 Comments

  1. We used to have one in our backyard but it slowly died on us because of the rain. I remember harvesting a whole sack of it and our neighbor volunteered to sell them to our other neighbors.

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