Avocado – The good fat

What we refer to as “avocado” is the fruit of the avocado tree, called Persea americana. This fruit is prized for its high nutrient value and is added to all sorts of dishes due to its good flavor and rich texture. They’re the go-to ingredient for guacamole dips at parties and they’re also turning up in everything from salads and wraps to smoothies and even brownies. So, what exactly makes this pear-shaped berry such a super food? Before my any attempt to answer this, let me shed light on something that needs your prior understanding. Be very clear about not putting all the fats into the same bag, nor classifying all of them as bad. Fat is a major source of energy and helps your body absorb nutrients from foods. Yet, it’s important to understand the difference between two general types of fats – saturated and unsaturated.

Saturated fats and trans fats are often labeled “bad fats” because they tend to raise bad cholesterol levels in the blood. This, in turn increases the risk for heart disease. Unsaturated fats (mono- and polyunsaturated) are referred to as “good fats” because, in the right amounts, they can be eaten as a substitute for bad fats. The key is to limit foods that contain the bad fat full-fat dairy products, processed meats, most desserts/pastries and replace them with foods that contain predominantly good fats like avocados, peanut butter, nuts/seeds and plant oils.

With this understanding about fats let’s talk about our darling of discussion, “the avocado”. It has become an incredibly popular food among health-conscious individuals. It is very important for every one of you to take our heart’s health to heart. Studies show replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fat, while staying within calorie needs, is more effective in reducing the risk of heart disease than simply lowering total fat intake. Research also supports the importance of improving the fat quality of the diet by choosing better fats like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are associated with improved blood lipids. Avocados contain both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The avocado is a rather unique type of fruit. Most fruit consists primarily of carbohydrate, while avocado is high in healthy fats. They are cholesterol and sodium-free and they help assist consumers in meeting a major dietary goal of reducing saturated fat in the diet, when they are consumed in place of saturated-fat containing foods. It is a great fruit to help meet eating recommendations. This quick introduction about avocado must itself have answered that one question we have come across in the very beginning “what exactly makes this pear-shaped berry such a super food?”

There are many kinds of avocados, and they shape from pear-shaped to round and color from green to black can vary between them. The most popular type is called Hass avocado. It is often called “alligator pear,” which is very descriptive because it tends to be shaped like a pear and have green, bumpy skin like an alligator. The yellow-green flesh inside the fruit is eaten, but the skin and seed are discarded. Avocados are one of the most nutritious fruits you can select for a healthy diet. They contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals. Avocados are low in sugar. And they contain fiber, which helps you feel full longer. The fruit is also one of the most versatile. You can eat it fresh or use it as a salad ingredient. You can also make a dip, smoothie, juice from avocado. You can also puree and toss with pasta, substitute for butter or oil in your favorite baked good recipes, or spread or slice onto sandwiches

We at Indiblaze serve this “super food” in its most preferred style of consuming – Guacamole. Anything and everything @ Indiblaze is healthy, tasty and pocket friendly.