Many experts rave about the avocado and its health benefits. But along with all the nutritional facts, there are some notions about the food that may or may not be true.
Some of these myths may be stopping you from really considering adding this amazing fruit to your diet. So let’s take a look at those and see if we can dispel them for you.
In this article, we will be looking at some common avocado misconceptions along with some other information that may help you decide whether the delicious green fruit is a good option for your health needs.
Facts About Avocados
The avocado has become a staple of many people’s diets around the globe, but how much do you really know about avocados? To spruce of your knowledge, here are some facts about avocados.
- They contain 4g of protein, which gives them the honor of being one of the most protein-rich fruits.
- Avocados ripen once picked from the tree.
- Avocados are also high in fiber and contain many vitamins. The fiber content also makes them one of the highest-fiber fruits.
- Hass avocados are the most known and eaten variety in the world.
- They were originally grown in south-central Mexico all the way down to the Andes.
Avocados: The Good and the Bad
Before we take a look at some of the common myths about avocados let us look at the advantages and disadvantages of including them in your diet.
Avocados contain 20 different minerals and vitamins. In addition, they are low in sugar and have been shown to decrease cholesterol. Further, some studies have shown that they may help prevent cancer.
One unfortunate aspect of avocados is that they are high in fat, albeit the good kind of fat. They are also a very calorie-dense food, so eating avocados in excess is probably not a good idea.
Myths and Truths About Avocados
Like with any other food over the decades, there have been times when the avocado was thought to be bad for you. And then there are times (like now) that it was thought to be a healthy choice.
Here are some of the other myths you may have heard about the avocado.
Keep Them Green
Have you ever heard that sticking the avocado pit in your guacamole will help keep it from browning? That is not true. No matter what, once an avocado is cut, it will begin to oxidize. A squeeze of lime will help for a bit; it is not a solution.
Don’t Freeze Them
Some may have also heard that you can’t freeze an avocado. This is false. In fact, freezing avocados can help them last longer and allow you to always have them on hand for a smoothie or guacamole for Taco Tuesday. The texture will change but will still be delicious.
They Are Fattening
They do have a lot of fat and calories when compared to other fruits. However, this fat is the good kind. Therefore, unless you eat tons of avocados daily, they are not overly fattening.
For a while, there was a rumor going around that avocados could cause constipation. It was determined that this rumor was a lie. As we said in the fact above, the avocado is rich in fiber, which actually helps keep you regular.
Moderation Is Key
Avocados have a lot of vitamins and minerals, but you just shouldn’t eat them every day. They are versatile, and as long as you aren’t eating them with every meal, they are an excellent addition to your diet.
Avocados are more than just a salad topper or a wonderful condiment for your Mexican food. They can be used in baking, sauces, as well as in your morning smoothie. So get adventurous and see what avocado can bring to your baked goods.
Avocados have seen a rise in popularity over the past several decades, and with the ebbing and flowing of diet trends, some very untrue myths have sprung to life. Hopefully, by dispelling them above, we have helped you just a little bit.
Avocados are rich in tons of vitamins and minerals and lend a creamy texture to things like sandwiches and smoothies. They are versatile and can be eaten raw, cooked, and even baked. So enjoy!