Avocados are among my favorite fruits. You heard right; avocados aren’t vegetables but fruits! What makes the avocado one of my favorite fruits is their high fat content. In comparison, most other fruits have a high carbohydrate content due to fructose (fruit sugar), which I try to consume only in limited quantities.
In a previous article, I wrote about the benefits of avocado oil, which has a lot of nutrients. But as with most refined oils, some nutrients get destroyed during the manufacturing process. The good news is, you can get all those nutrients by eating raw avocados.
Avocados have a very low glycemic index (GI) but are rich in healthy fat, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. As you may know, certain vitamins are fat-soluble. That means the body can only absorb them with fat. Thanks to the fat in the avocado, the Vitamins A and E of the avocado can be easily absorbed. That also makes the avocado a great addition to other food that has such as essential nutrients as carotenoids or fat-soluble vitamins.
How to prepare an avocado
Preparing an avocado is easy, just cut it in half, remove the seed with a knife and use a spoon to eat the creamy flesh. You can add some salt if you prefer. Besides eating the plain avocado, my favorite way to eat an avocado is to add mayonnaise. Just make sure it’s made with a healthy oil. My personal favorite is the one from Chosen Food, which is made from avocado oil. You can’t beat that combination!
My second favorite option is to make guacamole, by squashing two avocados and mixing them with lime juice, salt, and pepper. There are tons of great guacamole recipes out there, and I used to add diced onions, diced tomatoes and more herbs but have since decided to stick to a simpler recipe.
Check out Danielle Walker’s book “Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple” for an incredible guacamole recipe and more.
For breakfast, I often slice half an avocado and enjoy it together with 4-5 eggs, some smoked salmon and a cup of coffee.
Where to buy avocados
You can find (organic) avocados pretty much in any major supermarket. We usually buy them at Whole Foods Market or Costco. When you pick avocados, make sure they are not bruised. We prefer to let them ripe at home another day or two instead of buying them when they are already soft to the touch. If you like guacamole but don’t want to spend time making it, Costco sells organic, ready-to-eat guacamole in individually wrapped bags. We bought them a lot in the past, but unfortunately, they contain onions, and my stomach is no friend of them.
I never had avocado until I moved to the United States, but I tried to convince my Austrian family to start eating avocados. Unfortunately, the avocados we have bought in Austria so far suck, to be blunt.
If you have never tried avocados before, I encourage you to give them a shot as they may become your favorite fruit too! For more information on the benefits of avocados check out whfoods.com.
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