My husband also makes guacamole so good words cannot describe it. Many of you may fear the avocado, guacomole's main ingredient, because it contains a relatively high amount of fat. However, it has wonderful nutritional value and should not be dismissed out of hand as a "bad" food. Au contraire.
Here's the Wikipedia's succinct take on the avocado's health benefits:
High avocado intake has been shown to have an effect on blood serum cholesterol levels. Specifically, after a seven-day diet rich in avocados, hypercholesterolemia patients showed a 17% decrease in total serum cholesterol levels. These subjects also showed a 22% decrease in both LDL (harmful cholesterol) and triglyceride levels and 11% increase in HDL (helpful cholesterol) levels. Additionally a Japanese team synthesised the four chiral components and identified (2R, 4R)-16-heptadecene-1, 2, 4-triol as the natural antibacterial component.And here is the nutritional value of the avocado:
Avocado is also known to promote healthy skin and hair. Although many people use it as a facial mask, it is most beneficial when eaten.
|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Energy||670 kJ (160 kcal)|
|Dietary fiber||6.7 g|
|Thiamine (Vit. B1)||0.067 mg (5%)|
|Riboflavin (Vit. B2)||0.130 mg (9%)|
|Niacin (Vit. B3)||1.738 mg (12%)|
|Pantothenic acid (B5)||1.389 mg (28%)|
|Vitamin B6||0.257 mg (20%)|
|Folate (Vit. B9)||81 μg (20%)|
|Vitamin C||10 mg (17%)|
|Calcium||12 mg (1%)|
|Iron||0.55 mg (4%)|
|Magnesium||29 mg (8%)|
|Phosphorus||52 mg (7%)|
|Potassium||485 mg (10%)|
|Zinc||0.64 mg (6%)|
|Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.|
Source: USDA Nutrient database
It seems to to me that the avocado can play a valuable part in a healthy diet.
Since avocados are shipped up to Canada long before they ripen, we bought five avocados on Monday, in preparation for the Saturday dinner party and put them in paper bags to help them ripen.
Saturday arrived and hubby got out the avocados to start preparing his guacamole. "Hm!" said he. "These are slimcados. I wonder what they are?"
Sadly, my husband had made a simple, but unfortunate mistake. In my humble opinion (and my husband's too), the slimcado--which is touted for having 30% fewer calories than a regular avocado--tastes like an avocado that's been soaked in water for several hours. Insipid. Our guests were polite about it but I was upset that they had missed out on a real treat.
According to my quick Internet search, the slimcado is not genetically modified, thank goodness. It's just waterlogged to lower the caloric value.
To my mind, the slimcado is a symbol of all that's wrong with a calorie-obsessed world, a world in which a healthy, naturally good tasting food has to be modified to fit someone's twisted idea of what low-cal should be.
The slimcado is a bad idea. I do not recommend you try it. If avocados scare you, stay away from them. If you like them, eat them and enjoy them in moderation. And thank Mother Nature for having created such a wonderful fruit.