Food for Thought: Introducing Avocado
This humble stone fruit has come to the forefront in recent years as a dietary star. From a substitute for mayonnaise to a standalone toast topper, avocado is a sure-fire way to make someone hungry!
Remember when you were a kid and someone told you something (usually money) doesn’t grow on trees? Well, avocados do grow on trees! They flourish in warm climates, which is why many of us in the United States associate them with California. The skin of the avocado denotes its ripeness. Darker skin means ripe – or past its prime if the skin is mushy, while greener skin means that piece of fruit needs more time before it can really shine. Opening an avocado yields a side with green flesh and a side with green flesh and a pit. Some swear the pit has its own unique uses, but most just say, “It’s the pits,” and toss them in the garbage.
The green flesh of the avocado is the edible part and this is the part we’re interested in when we talk about avocado, the food.
Talk with Your Mouth Full: The Avocado Debate
Like all celebrities, avocado has to deal with its share of bad-mouthing. While most covet this creamy fruit, there are some out there who defame the name of the avocado.
+ Avocados are Good for the Heart
Because avocados are considered a healthy fat, subbing mayonnaise and cream for this fruit can produce heart healthy results.
+ Avocados are Creamy
It’s easy to trick someone into eating healthy (say, a child or a very picky adult) when the healthy food has a pleasing texture. The flesh of an avocado is silky smooth, making it an amenable choice to hide in sauces, blend with other ingredients, or stand on its own as a palate pillow.
– Avocados are High in Fat
Fat is still fat, some argue. Anyone watching calorie intake or trying to minimize dietary fat needs to watch out with avocados. Though their natural fat is considered the healthy kind, for weight loss or problems with fat digestion, these fruits can cause their fair share of trouble.
– Avocados are Not Local (for Everyone)
As stated above, these fruits like warm climates (and who could blame them?) That means if you live in, say, Chicago, your avocados are imported. There are a lot of benefits to eating locally and unfortunately, local avocados are not always going to be an option, depending on where you live. Of course, relocating to California for the sole purpose of being closer to avocados might be a bit drastic…
The Secret Ingredient: Avocado as a Remedy
A lot of us associate vitamin C with citrus like oranges. However, avocado contains a nice helping of it too. Vitamin C is most famous for boosting immunity.
Vitamin E is a great substitute for a trip to the salon. This vitamin promotes healthy skin, hair, and nails! It keeps nails from becoming brittle (a common problem with hypothyroidism); it keeps hair lush; and it keeps skin from getting dry and cracked.
Unlike the other two in this list, not a lot of press gets released for vitamin K. Vitamin K is best known for producing our clotting factors. This means that if we get a cut or bleed in some way, vitamin K comes to the rescue to prevent too much blood loss. It’s natural to think that blood clotting sounds like a bad thing, but some is needed as a defense mechanism for situations where we could lose too much and then go into shock as a result.
Will these imported fruity beauties live up to their status, or will I think they’re just the pits? Come back next Monday for The Findings!
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