For years I used to avoid avocadoes as I had heard that they contain a fair amount of fat. Don’t get me wrong, I love them. I just made the assumption that they were not good for me. Yet when I researched foods high in fiber avocadoes was up there on the list so I decided to re-evaluate the avocado. Much to my delight my previous assumption was somewhat lopsided.
Yes, avocadoes are high in fat, yet fat is an essential part of our diet. The avocado contains the good fats—both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats plus nearly 20 minerals and vitamins. The Nutritional Data supplied on the right is approximately 1 medium avocado just to give you some perspective.
Remember that I mentioned avocadoes are a good source of fiber? At 10 grams of fiber per medium avocado and 2.9 grams of protein, I am definitely glad I changed my view on the avocado. It is also a good source of potassium at 708 grams, which aids those with blood pressure concerns.
How do I use avocadoes today?
Avocadoes are an essential ingredient in a traditional guacamole and now I enjoy it without any of the guilt I had in the past.
The super-fast and super-delicious Green Guacamole recipe is now a staple on Mexican nights.
I also like to slice it or cube the avocado and put it on the top of leafy salads.
Here is a trick I use:
If you are using a citrus-based dressing for your salad, put the cut-up avocado and the dressing into a plastic bag, toss so that all surfaces of the avocado have been coated, then remove all the air in the bag, and place into the refrigerator. (Not using a citrus dressing? Put 5 ml (1 tsp) of lemon juice plus 5 ml (1 tsp) of water instead.) This allows you to prepare the avocado in advance and will keep the avocado from discoloring, even for more than 24 hours.