The Skinny on Low-Fat Avocados: Real Healthy
I’ve been getting a lot of avocado questions lately about a new product called a SlimCado. (No, not named for a character in an old Western movie.) Have those resourceful farmers actually figured out a way to produce a lower-fat avocado?
Well, not exactly. The SlimCado is an attempt to put a clever marketing gloss on the variety known as “Florida” avocados, which have always been naturally lower in fat than the more popular variety known as Hass avocados.
Even without a SlimCado sticker, you can tell a Florida avocado by its size (up to twice the size of a Hass) and the smooth bright green skin. (The skin of the Haas is rough and pebbly, turning almost black when the fruit is fully ripe.) The Florida avocado is lower in fat and calories per ounce. But keep in mind that, because of its size, you could end up taking in more calories by eating more of the fruit.
Hass avocados are more popular because they are, well, richer. If you’re making guacamole, you’ll appreciate that creamy taste and smooth texture. On the other hand, the softer texture means that the Hass doesn’t hold its shape as well. Tossed with other ingredients, it tends to break down and create a slimy mess. If you’re adding cubed avocado to a salad, for example, the Florida variety will probably yield a nicer-looking result. For the best flavor, test Florida avocados for ripeness by making sure they yield to gentle pressure with your thumb.
All varieties of avocado are rich in heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats and skin-saving vitamin E, so why not put a couple of each kind in your cart this week? Here are some recipes to try for each type.
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