Monday, March 22, 2010

The Slimcado: An Abomination

On Saturday evening, we had some friends over for supper. My husband made his totally amazing chili, which is absolutely chock-full of green, red and yellow peppers, plus celery, onions and garlic. Instead of beef, he made it with turkey--another good health choice. As chili recipes goes, we know that's is very unorthodox, but it is both extremely tasty and healthy. What's not to like? On the side, we served a mixed green salad with my famous dressing and some nice baguette. It was a great main course.

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.[20] Additionally a Japanese team synthesised the four chiral components and identified (2R, 4R)-16-heptadecene-1, 2, 4-triol as the natural antibacterial component.[21]

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.

And here is the nutritional value of the avocado:

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 670 kJ (160 kcal)
Carbohydrates 8.53 g
Sugars 0.66 g
Dietary fiber 6.7 g
Fat 14.66 g
saturated 2.13 g
monounsaturated 9.80 g
polyunsaturated 1.82 g
Protein 2 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.


  1. I'd never heard of a slimcado but, on your advice, will keep away from it at the supermarket. I love avocados and when I have one, use it sparingly. Thanks for the warning.

  2. The chili sounds awesome! I love avocados. I usually slice mine and put on a salad or a sandwich. I also just like to mash it with a fork, add minced garlic, salt, cayenne pepper and add it to whatever mexican dish we may be having or add it to chicken breat. Yum!

  3. Love avocados - would eat them daily - have to watch the price however since they can be expensive.

  4. Yep, I ration mine out since #1) I'm the only person in the household who eats 'em, therefore #2) 1 avocado is a single-size serving, since they won't keep!

  5. Slimcado? I never heard of such a thing. What an abomination! Nature knows best. As it happens, I have a ripe avocado on the counter, just waiting for me to cut it open and splash it with balsamic vinegar and consume it for my lunch.

  6. Born and raised in Miami, I know that SlimCados are natural, as Mother Nature made them, Florida grown avocados. Think about it, hass avocados grown in dry climates, SlimCados are grown only in Florida which is anything but dry. They're going to taste different, why not est them differently? I put them in salads, top soups and sandwiches. Guacamole not so much. I can eat more avocado and not worry about the fat. True avocados have good fat but doctors still say you should limit your intake of good fat to 70 calories a day.

    1. Thank you for your positive take on the Slimcado Avocado. The different avocados have different uses. And Yes, we should even limit our good fat to 70 calories daily. So, rather that not try the slimcado because someone else says so, try it for yourself with variations. Slimcado for salads and Hass for guacamole for instance. Be open minded!!!

  7. Well my husband bought a few Slimcado's at the grocery store because he knows I am always looking for new food finds. I had never seen this before. We are going to cut it open tonight and try it. Any recipe suggestions?

  8. I just had my first slimcado and found it disturbing that the seed was fuzzy and the meat was filled with little red hairs. Is this normal for a slimcado?

  9. wish I had read your review on the slimcado before I picked one up at the grocery earlier this week. I too, am very disappointed in it. Lack of taste and texture!

  10. just tried a slimcardo. never heard of it before until this afternoon when I had it as part of my meal. someone else bought it. i certainly will not eat it ever again. it taste like nothing. that's not what an avocado should taste like. nature made the avocado with particular properties for a very good reason. all for human benefit.i become concerned though that it might be gmo. was some what relieved to know that it is not ,just soaked in water. however who knows what valuable nutrients are being extracted by soaking it. to me it sure taste like its missing a lot compared to an unsoaked avocado....will never by one ....give me the good stuff.

  11. I live in Delaware county, PA. The SlimCado avocado appeared in a store near me and I bought two yesterday. My Daughter suggested it was genetically modified. After research, I discovered that it is not. Yes, there is a different taste for the Hass and the Slimcado. But, use them differently. you will like it for what it is used for.

  12. I just had one. It certainly isn't what I was looking for. I may use one in a salad, but the creamy texture, and flavor of a true avocado was lacking. I'm in Florida, where they are grown. Mine was very fresh, and firm. It just had a very different texture, and a delicate flavor. It also was only $2.49 and would feed 4 people!!!

  13. Never trust another person's tastes buds. I like both and generally for different reasons. I like Jalapeno peppers and Habanero peppers, each has its place, attributes and uses. To say one is not for you and therefore is not for anybody is just plain silly and exceeding arrogant. State you preferences, but respect that your opinion is not the gospel and many people may just do not agree with you..