Eat Avocados, Fight Off Superbugs?
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Could we soon be picking up our prescriptions in the produce aisle? According to a new study, Chilean avocados have potent therapeutic properties and can actually help fight the increasing threat of antibiotic-resistant staph infections.
Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are a gift from factory farms, which regularly supply animals with antibiotics as "growth promoters" or to keep them alive in the crowded, filthy conditions. Seventy percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are given to animals on farms—not to sick people. As disease-causing bacteria continue to multiply and mutate, they become more resistant to the antibiotics that they are encountering on a regular basis. So when people sit down to a meal of beef, pork, chicken, or turkey, they may also be ingesting an unwanted "side dish" of superbugs. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can also spread through factory farm runoff, which can lead to major outbreaks.
So how can nature give science a helping hand? Antibiotic-resistant staph infections effectively pump out antibiotics as soon as they hit the bacterial wall. But a compound in the Chilean avocado thwarts the bacteria's pumping action, meaning that the antibiotics can burst through the wall like a battering ram and destroy the staph. The lean, green, staph-killing machine also packs a powerful nutrient punch of potassium, folate, and vitamins C, K, and B6 as well as heart-healthy fiber and unsaturated fat.
Of course, like all foods, avocados are much more enjoyable sans staph infection, so shunning antibiotic- and superbug-filled meats in favor of vegan foods can lead to a much more pleasurable dining experience. Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy the surprising avocado:
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