I find that many of my clients who love avocados try not to eat them because of the high fat content. I tell these clients that adding small cubes of this healthy green fruit adds high flavor and nutrition and should most definitely be enjoyed. If you are adding avocados to a salad or sandwich then you should be mindful of the other fats you are having in your meal. For instance, for my family I make an avocado, tomato, cilantro, green onion salad and use fresh lemon juice and salt and pepper as the dressing. There is no olive oil, croutons, olives, or cheese that you will often see as an addition to salads. If you love avocado on your sandwiches, do not add a lot of cheese, mayo or salad dressing.
So remember now, avocados can be greatly enjoyed as a part of recipes for salads, sandwiches and in soups and shakes. For quick serving, you can add it in tofu as a dressing or make it as a substitute for mayonnaise in sandwiches, or as toppings for spicy dishes.
As you will notice from the nutrition facts below, avocados have a markedly higher fat content than most other fruit but it is mostly heart healthy monounsaturated fat. You will see avocadoes used as an important staple in the diets of the different cultures where access to other fatty foods (high-fat meats and fish, dairy, etc.) is limited.
A ripe avocado yields to gentle pressure when held in the palm of the hand and squeezed. The flesh is prone to enzymatic browning; it turns brown quickly after exposure to air. To prevent this, lime or lemon juice can be added to avocados after they are peeled. This way maybe you won’t feel like you have to eat the whole avocado in one meal. I always have limes or lemons available to prevent the browning effect of many foods such a bean dips and even fruit salads.
Avocado Nutrition Facts
|Avocado, raw (edible parts)|
|Nutritional value (3.5 oz)|
|Thiamine (Vit. B1)||0.067mg (5%)|
|Riboflavin (Vit. B2)||0.130mg (9%)|
|Niacin (Vit. B3)||1.738mg (12%)|
|Pantothenic acid (Vit. B5)||1.389mg (28%)|
|Vitamin B6||0.257mg (20%)|
|Folate (Vit. B9)||81mg (20%)|
|Vitamin C||10mg (17%)|
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient database
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So, I hope I have enlightened you today to realize that the avocado can become your friend. All you have to do is substitute it in your meal for the other fats that you always add to your dishes.