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SlimCados Are A Thing In Florida And They Are Being Promoted As Better Than California Avocados

In a world ravaged by the avocado mania that brought us $12 avocado toast and $6 avocado ice cream, non-Floridians are perplexed by the very existence of the “SlimCado.” This variety of avocado is actually much bigger than the typical Hass avocado, but is more watery and has 30 %percent less fat. As a recovering Floridian myself, it’s quite unsurprising to see what I’ve always known as the “Florida Avocado” become the “SlimCado.”

The USDA reports that, of the 1,000 varieties of avocados, 95 percent of the avocado market is represented by Hass avocados. Some say its popularity is a result of its thick skin which is more resistant to bruising while in shipping. Mexicans say it’s because of the Hass avocado es hecho en Mexico. 

The SlimCado has much thinner and shinier skin than the Hass.

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Growing up, we used to just slice the stone fruit up and eat it with our steak and arroz con frijoles. It was a refreshing taste of sweetness to add to an otherwise very savory and spicy cena.

Frankly, I never saw a Hass avocado until I moved out of Florida.

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That’s because we have an overabundance of Florida avocados. These avocados are born of a West Indian variety that does better in humid swamps like Florida, where they proliferate.

The Florida avocado has a new name – SlimCado – meant to attract misinformed weight watchers.

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The USDA reports that Florida avocados have 25 percent fewer calories per cup than the Hass variety. Florida avocados also have more vitamin C and E and less fiber than the Hass avocados. Ultimately, studies show that eating healthy fats like those from avocados actually help with weight management.

The Internet seems to have a singular opinion on the subject:

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Many people worry that this is the product of a Franken-fruit experiment gone wrong. GMOs–it’s a thing. In fact, this lineage of avocados is completely natural. Think of Hass and Florida avocados as green and red apples. There’s a wide variety of red apples and a wide variety of green apples, but it’s easy to tell green and reds apart.

Meanwhile, Floridians are yawning at this “news.”

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Okay, so this person is a hater, but you just can’t expect a Florida avocado to perform like a Hass avocado. Having sliced Hass avocado in your casamiento isn’t “refreshing.” It’s rico.

If you walk into eating a Florida avocado expecting it to be a “healthy avocado,” you’ll be like Jeremiah and say, “The Slimcado is a mushy cucumber. Avoid at all costs.”

Floridians are basically teaching the rest of America how to eat avocados outside the box.

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I can vouch for that. They’re far too water to enjoy on toast or as guacamole. While mashed Hass avocados serve as a great replacement for butter, SlimCados are anything but buttery. Mexico made guacamole out of Hass avocados, and y’all better keep it that way.

It is a huge mistake to even try to compare Florida avocados as “healthy” avocados.

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You’re setting yourself up for failure, Brooks Tropicals. There should be a warning label: do not use these avocados to make guacamole. Already, Twitter users like Charles Crevequer are publicly suggesting this name change: “Since they turn into a watery mess if used in guacamole, perhaps “slime-cado” would be more accurate?” 

Non-Floridians are just throwing mad shade at Florida right now.

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Rightfully so, Patrick. We might agree that the “SlimCado” brand should have never been born. We’re tired of seeing food marketed as low-calorie. Whatever happened to getting the best bang for your buck? Calories keep us going. Fat feeds our brains. These Florida avocados belong in a salad, alongside juicy Florida mangos.

Meanwhile, Californians are getting themselves confused with Mexicans.

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Imagine breaking it to Ken that California didn’t invent guacamole or the Hass Avocado. Hecho en Mexico, baby. That said, these marketing tactics have Florida written all over them, and for that, I apologize on behalf of the Sunshine State.

Conclusion: Eat when thirsty, not when hungry.

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From this Floridian to you, dear reader, our avocados are like actual fruit to us. We cut them up like we cut up our mangos and we eat them when we’re un poquito hungry but mostly thirsty and too lazy to drink water. Don’t expect the extravagance of avocado toast or guacamole from us. We’re just thirsty.

READ: This New Facility Cost $12 Million And It’s All Designed To Stop Rampant Avocado Theft

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The Florida Law That Resulted In Trayvon Martin’s Death Is About To Be Expanded In A Big Way

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The Florida Law That Resulted In Trayvon Martin’s Death Is About To Be Expanded In A Big Way

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Florida already has one of the nation’s most far-reaching “Stand Your Ground” laws but the state’s governor wants to take it a step further: allow people to shoot looters and anyone suspected of rioting or being part of a mob.

DeSantis says the move is in response to an increase in crime across the state and to the ongoing nationwide protests that have resulted in occasional property damage and violence.

However, most experts agree that laws like Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law should be weakens or eliminated, since evidence shows that these laws can actually lead to an increase in violence and homicides.

Florida’s governor wants to expand the state’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.

Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis (Republican) is looking to amend the state’s “stand your ground” law, to make it one of the nation’s broadest. His amendments to the legislation are part of his “anti-mob” legislation, which are supposed to target people accused of illegal acts during riots and looting.

But critics rightfully worry that expanding the already dangerous law, would empower people to use violence and deadly force during chaotic and tense confrontations at protests.

The timing is also suspicious, considering the move is coming as part of an aggressive agenda following months of large-scale racial justice protests across the country.

Under Florida’s current law “a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if … he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.”

DeSantis wants to expand this law to include “criminal mischief that results in the interruption or impairment of a business operation; arson that results in the interruption or impairment of a business operation; and any other felony.”

Democrats are already pushing back strongly against the proposed amendment.

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Legislators, attorneys and others call DeSantis’ proposal “racist,” “dangerous” and “extreme.”

In a recent Miami Herald article, Denise Georges, a former Miami-Dade County County prosecutor who had handled “Stand Your Ground” cases said, “It allows for vigilantes to justify their actions.. It also allows for death to be the punishment for a property crime — and that is cruel and unusual punishment. We cannot live in a lawless society where taking a life is done so casually and recklessly.”

In the same article, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, said the governor’s draft bill “sounds like an invitation to incite violence.”

The law gained national attention following the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

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In 2012, Trayvon Martin was killed by a man who claimed the “Stand Your Ground” defense and his story shocked the country. The 17-year-old teen was unarmed and chased by George Zimmerman which resulted in a physical altercation.

Although Martin was unarmed and not guilty of any crime – he was returning home from a quick walk to a convenience store – his killer was found not guilty thanks to the state’s strong “Stand Your Ground” law.

So-called ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws are becoming more common across the country.

Nearly three dozen states are “stand your ground” states, including 27 which have explicit laws saying so. They have been expanded over the past ten years as more states follow Florida’s lead.

A 2018 RAND Corporation review of existing research concluded that “there is moderate evidence that stand-your-ground laws may increase homicide rates and limited evidence that the laws increase firearm homicides in particular.” In 2019, RAND authors indicated additional evidence had appeared to reinforce their conclusions.

And although Florida’s legislature remains firmly in Republican control following this year’s election, it’s unclear whether DeSantis will find a sponsor for his proposed amendments.

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Cuban Asylum Seekers Stranded In Mexico Are Upset That Cuban-Americans Overwhelmingly Voted For Trump in Florida

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Cuban Asylum Seekers Stranded In Mexico Are Upset That Cuban-Americans Overwhelmingly Voted For Trump in Florida

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Cuban migrants who are stranded in Mexico are reportedly upset that Cuban-Americans in Florida overwhelmingly voted for Trump, according to reports. 

Reuters interviewed several Cuban migrants who are stuck in Mexico due to the Trump administration’s hardline immigration policies.

Many of the Cuban migrants were planning on claiming asylum in the United States due to the Trump administration’s hardline immigration policies, they are forced to wait out the process in Mexico. Some have been there for months. 

Although many of the Cubans in Mexico understand Trump’s appeal to Cuban-Americans (i.e. anti-socialist, pro-capitalism), they nonetheless wish that their compatriots would look at the bigger picture when it comes to immigration reform. “They’re only thinking about the benefits for themselves if Trump wins, and nothing else,” said one Cuban asylum seeker, a doctor named Dairon Elisondo, to Reuters.

According to NBC News, 55% of Cuban-Americans in Florida cast their vote for incumbent Donald Trump as president.

They effectively helping the state–which was considered a potential swing state–turn red. One asylum-seeker whom Reuters interviewed claimed that he was betrayed by his own family member when his brother-in-law in Florida voted for Donald Trump.

“Imagine it! I’m a part of his family!” said Jose Manuel Maranillo. “I feel terrible he voted for Trump because we’re stuck here in Juarez hoping for Biden to win so he can help us and Latinos in the United States too.”

One of the Cuban asylum-seekers, Yuri Gonzalez, pointed out that Cubans who arrived in the United States before Trump was elected had a different experience when it came to seeking asylum. “Many of them [in Florida] arrived to the United States on planes with visas,” said Gonzalez. “They didn’t cross borders or endure any of the difficult experiences I’ve had to.”

Reuters asked Denise Galvez, a Cuban-American living in Florida who co-founded the group Latinas for Trump, what she thought of the Cuban migrants in Mexico who are disappointed in Florida going red.

Galvez said that immigration was “far from a top voting issue” for her and many other Cuban-Americans.

Another Cuban-American residing in Florida, Maria Romero, said she supports Trump for his hardline stance against Havana, but she also sympathizes with the asylum-seekers stuck in limbo. “I’m Cuban, so I don’t want [Trump] to be kicking other Cubans in the head,” she said. But unfortunately, that appears to be exactly what he’s doing.

Since President Trump was elected to office in 2016, the policies towards asylum seekers has become incredibly strict, even enacting an “asylum ban” in 2018. The ban was later struck down by an appeals court in 2020. But still, seeking asylum in the U.S. as a migrant is harder than ever.

When former Vice President Joe Biden was officially projected to be the next President of the United States on Saturday, the Cuban asylum-seekers stuck in Mexico were reportedly overjoyed. Cheers and chanting erupted in the refugee camp when the news was announced. The words “Bye Trump” were spelled out in balloon letters.

“We’re all going to celebrate today! Everyone is so happy,” Elisondo told Reuters after the announcement. “After so much darkness the light may arrive.”

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