Squawkin’ ‘Bout The Guac

avocado by Elsa4Sound
avocado, a photo by Elsa4Sound on Flickr.

Not too long ago I found myself in a Trader Joe’s. I was perusing the produce section and found, much to my delight, a guacamole “kit”. Now, I realize that many of you reading this will be thinking, “Just how backwards is this acupuncturist when it comes to cooking- who needs a kit to make guacamole?” I am sure that, given the chance and no matter the depths of poor cooking you have seen, I can probably astound you anew. I mention this because no matter how remedial your culinary skills, even the most basic of good-food combinations can provide wonderful therapeutic results when you think how food is medicine.
Avocados are chock full of potassium, vitamins A and E and essential fatty acids. According to traditional Chinese medicine they are beneficial for the heart, blood circulation and the skin. They help lessen the symptoms of PMS and fight cancer.
Tomatoes can be high in potassium, beta-carotene, lycopene and vitamins C and E. They also fight cancer, help maintain healthy skin, protect the heart and support fertility.
Limes have potassium also (getting the sense that guacamole is a good source of potassium yet?), limonene, bioflavonoids and vitamin C. Limes boost immunity and help reduce coughs, colds and the flu. Limes help kick cancer to the curb.
Onions are a source of vitamin C, and have similar sulfur-based compounds as found in garlic.
I didn’t use the jalapeño peppers provided because I don’t roll that way so your homework is to find out the nutritional properties of jalapeños if you are interested.
Sea salt, besides providing whichever minerals are found in it, also detoxifies, clears heat, lubricates dryness and is considered a yin tonic (remember: the therapeutic dose only that is appropriate for you!)
And that was the kit. What other foods do you put in your guacamole? Let us know in the comments section and I’ll include the health benefits of those foods too!

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