With its unusual shape, alligator-like skin, and bright green inners, it’s easy to see how the avocado became a fruit associated with many myths and fallacies. For instance, if you put an avocado pit in your guacamole, will it retain its lovely green hue? Should you limit your intake of avocados because someone told you they’re fattening or cause constipation?
It’s time to learn the truth about this delicious buttery fruit.
While this sounds like a neat trick, it simply isn’t true. Over time, guacamole exposed to air will oxidize and turn brown, as will any cut avocado. A squeeze of lime will help if you need to keep your guacamole for a little while, but for a longer wait, pour a small amount of water or milk on top of your guac — just enough to cover the surface — and keep it in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to eat it, pour off the liquid and serve. Here’s a video that shows how it’s done.
Sure, you can freeze avocados! For best results, mash them with a fork or run them through the blender or food processor, add a squeeze of lemon or lime, and place in a resealable bag with the air bubbles removed. Frozen avocado will keep for a few months in the freezer. Just move it to the refrigerator the day before you plan to use it so it can thaw gradually.
Frozen avocado is great for making guacamole, dressings, smoothies or to use in baking. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have quite the same texture as fresh avocado, so for recipes that call for sliced or diced avocado, stick to fresh fruit. If you’re not ready to use an avocado today, but you might use it later this week, you can store it in your fridge to extend its life. Watch this video to learn a quick and easy how-to tip!
Compared with other fruits, avocados do contain a lot of fat, but that doesn’t mean they’re fattening. The vast majority of fat in avocados is “good fat,” which helps increase the intake of dietary fat without raising bad cholesterol levels. Good fats also help the body absorb certain nutrients, like vitamins A, D, E, and K, and avocados also give us essential fatty acids that may aid in brain development. So you certainly don’t need to avoid avocados because of the fat they contain — or for any other reason.
This one is just absolutely untrue. Avocados are actually a good source of dietary fiber, which aids digestion. Eating one serving of avocado (a third of a medium fruit) will give you 3 grams of dietary fiber. That’s 11 percent of the recommended daily intake, so eating avocados on a regular basis can be a good way to help make sure everything keeps moving as it should.
With their good fats, nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds, not to mention their great flavor and creamy texture, avocados are a wonderful addition to a healthy diet. If you’ve been limiting your avocado consumption to salads and guacamole, there’s a whole world of options to discover. Explore the recipes on the Avocados From Mexico website for a wide variety of ways to include avocados in your snacks, meals, and even desserts.