I have decided to write an A – Z on food/diet topics, and the first post I am going to make around this is on Avocado.
My friend Carlos (who sounds Spanish but is actually Malaysian Chinese) asked me a question about avocados and their role in weight loss, around the topic of clean eating a couple months back and I’ve been thinking about this ever since.
Australians are mad about avocados. There is a serious lack of avocado on toast in the northern hemisphere, unless its in an antipodean cafe (where they get the avo obsession), or in mexican eateries. Or in a fancy food feed like that of Alan Passard from Arpege in Paris where I viewed this lovely avocado and vanilla souffle desert recently
So why are we so obsessed?
Avocados are deliciously creamy, and a pretty healthy food. The benefits of eating avocado come from the high monounsaturated fat content. Avocados also contain Polyunsaturated and Saturated fats, in smaller amounts. In essence its down to food chemistry. Monounsaturated fats have been shown to be cardio protective. For more info on the specific nutrition including a vitamin breakdown have a look at this great interactive rollover graphic courtesy of the Australian Avocado association, here
What are they good for? Raw food diets, breakfast, cardiovascular disease or weight loss diets (in sensible portions of course), the obvious raw food meals like salads and not so obvious but more unusual substitution in sweets i.e.. in chocolate mousses or smoothies for example. Its a bit versatile, and can be classic or unconventional – and I think thats what we like about it, besides its good creamy taste which is actually healthy for you.
How to enjoy Avocados? Replace traditional spreads like butter or margarine with the green goodness – on bread, toast or sandwiches. Blend it in a smoothie with almonds and oatmeal, mash it into potatoes, or mix it into cake batter or icing. The options are great, and the health benefits are worthwhile. Good for you. And so green.
Recipes to follow.