know the Super Bowl is over. But this was truly one of the
greatest football battles I can remember watching. Even the
commercials seemed to move up in quality from years pastÖsome
of them at least. I wasnít particularly convinced that a
yellow Skittle is worth arm-wrestling over. And even though
the lost puppy finding his way back to his Clydesdale buddies
made me cry, Iím not sure it enticed me to want to drink a
surprising, there werenít many gazillion-dollar Super Bowl
commercials coaxing us to eat more fruits and vegetables. One
exception was an ad for avocados. (Yes, the avocado is
officially a "fruit.") One writer commented,
"How dare a health food sneak its way onto our television
screens while we gorge ourselves on wings and chips." To
which I would answer, Speak for yourself; I was gorging myself
on guacamole and chips.
that the big game and big calories are behind us, what is a
"health food" anyway? According to the Mayo Clinic,
it is a food that meets at least one of these criteria:
It is an
excellent source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and other
high in phytonutrients (plant-based substances) and
antioxidant compounds such as vitamins A, E, and beta
this food helps reduce our risk for heart disease and other
apples, berries, broccoli, beans, salmon, spinach and sweet
potatoes all make the cut as health foods. Do avocadoes? Here
are some stats: One-fifth of a medium avocado supplies 2 grams
of fiber, reasonable amounts of B-vitamins, vitamin C, and
other important trace nutrients. They contain no sodium or
cholesterol (before you turn them into guacamole).
small one-fifth of an avocado contains 50 calories of mostly
monounsaturated fats, the type that can help keep blood
cholesterol levels in check. This bit of fat also helps the
body absorb fat-soluble nutrients, including all-important
vitamin D. In addition, avocados contain lutein, an
antioxidant that protects our eyes from sun damage.
Bowl Sunday, we Americans ate an estimated 80 million
avocados, and not so much because nutritionists advised it.
Like it or not, the same folks who convince us we need a beer
because that puppy was so darn cute may also have convinced us
to buy a boatload of avocados for game day.
soon forget Malcolm Butlerís divine interception during the
last 20 seconds of this great game. But next year, if I find
myself slamming down guacamole during a commercial break and
wondering why I feel like drinking a beer, Iíll try to
remember that food is only healthful within the context of
what and how much we eat.