Avocado, Chocolate, and Apples

Saturday is the big day.  I go in for a follow up cholesterol test.  I’ll admit that I nervous.  I’ve worked hard, cut back on fats and sugars, exercised more, increased my fluid intake, and deprived myself of some favorite foods.  If my LDL is back in normal range, it will all be more than worth it.  If I’ve made significant progress, I will keep up the program, and I can even up my compliance a little more.  If I’m the same or worse, I will be very disappointed.

I’ve got three more foods on my Cholesterol list that I want to blog about.

Avocados

Avocados are avoid for Type O secretors.  I’ve done the test and I am definitely a secretor.  But curiously avocados are beneficial for Typo non-secretors.  I read somewhere on the website that “The avocado lectin basically reduces the ability of the immune system to fight off bad stuff when exposed to everyday, ordinary bacteria.”

I didn’t want to harm my immune system, of course, but I really like avocados…and they filled me up when I was hungry.  For years I compromised.  I didn’t eat avocados in the winter.

However as I reevaluated my food list based on the Cardiovascular Disease book, I had to face the fact that while most of the fat in avocados is good fat, there are more than 3 grams per serving of saturated fat.  So I no longer buy avocados.  If they are in a salad at a restaurant, I enjoy them as a special treat.

Chocolate

On the Blood Type Diet, chocolate is neutral for Type Os.  On the GenoType diet, chocolate is beneficial for both Hunters and Gatherers.  I have never determined which of those two I am, so I don’t follow the GenoType Diet, but I sometimes use it as a tie-breaker.  That’s what I did with chocolate.  For several years I have enjoyed a square of unsweetened chocolate 4-5 times a week.

In the Cardiovascular Disease book, chocolate in an infrequent neutral.  One square of chocolate has half – yikes half – of the saturated fat recommended by “government experts”.  I’ve cut my chocolate way back.  I bake chocolate muffins for my grandson, I’ve eaten gluten free brownies at parties; but for everyday use I’ve gone back to carob.  About the time I decided to switch from chocolate to carob, Dr. D’s newsletter had an article about that very subject.  I took that as confirmation that I was making the right choice.

Here is a quote from the newsletter

Carob is a wonderful ingredient for promoting intestinal health by combatting bacterial overgrowth in the GI tract. Carob is also a great digestive regulator with its fiber content, helping to enhance optimum peristalsis, which is the movement of digestive contents through the digestive tract. Many of its health benefits come from its high vitamin and mineral content, including calcium, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, vitamin K, riboflavin, and vitamin E, as well as its natural antioxidants.

Apples

For years and years I ate an apple a day.  Everything I read about apples from a variety of sources was that they were good for fiber, good for digestion, good for intestinal health, good for colon cancer prevention.  But when I started the Blood Type Diet, they were neutral for Type Os.  Then the GTD came out and they were avoid for both Hunters and Gatherers.

In Dr. D’s Cardiovascular disease book apples are infrequent neutrals.  But virtually every other cholesterol site gives apples very high marks.  One example – The Mayo Clinic lists high fiber foods for lowering LDL, and apples are number 3 on their list.  Number 1 is oat meal/oat bran – a grain which I minimize.  Number 2 is kidney beans, a Type O avoid.  Pears, bananas, barley and prunes round out the list.  Bananas and prunes are beneficial for Type Os, so I am eating lots of those.  Pears are neutral, and barley is another avoid.

Years ago when I was vacillating about apples I found two conflicting quotes on the Eat Right 4 Your Type website.  I couldn’t find either of them as I was writing this blog tonight.  If I remember correctly in one of the quotes Dr. D disparaged apples for their sugar content and lack of phyto nutrients.  He said that the only thing worthwhile was the pectin and he felt like pectin was over rated.  The other quote was from one of the members of his staff who wrote about how wonderful pectin was and how apples were one of the best sources.

During this six month concentration of my cholesterol, I have still been unable to decide what to do about apples.  I’m eating a half an apple 3-5 days a week, but I can’t say I’m totally confident in that decision.

I’ll see what Saturday’s blood test tells me…and I’ll be sure to tell you too.  It will be a week or two before I get the results.

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