Avocados are definitely having a moment. Avo toast has become the hottest item on every menu, overcharging for guacamole is tolerated and adding this green fruit to any restaurant dish has basically ensured it will be chosen by diners (and not just the millennial sort). So with all this avocado love, someone decided we needed a fat-free version of this notoriously high-fat fruit. It seems not to matter that the majority of the fat that the lardaceous avocado carries is of the very best kind (monounsaturated). Instead, some felt all that fattiness is giving the alligator pear a bad rap and something needed to be done about. So here’s what they did: they originated the diet avocado.
Photo credit: Isla Bonita
The Avocado Light was unveiled in Spain by Isla Bonita and features avocado strains containing 30 per cent less fat than the avocados sold regularly. Isla Bonita is able to deliver these lower-fat fruits owing to an analysis of six different regions and 32 varieties of avocados to discover this particular tropical species that’s grown near Ecuador.
Isla Bonita Marketing Director Ramón Rey told fresh produce news site Fresh Plaza, ”To confirm our nutritional claims, we subject avocados to exhaustive analyses carried out by independent laboratories.“ He added, ”We have been importing avocados for decades. In all this time, many customers and consumers who are passionate about this fruit have regretted not being able to incorporate it more often into their diet. Others directly pass up on their nutritional advantages because these don’t compensate for their high-caloric value.“
As part of its five-a-day healthy eating guidelines, the NHS in the UK recommends consuming half an avocado a day ”to increase levels of good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL) and reduce any blockage in your arteries“.
Michelle Lau, registered nutritionist (MSc) and founder of Nutrilicious, a HK-based nutrition consultancy says, ”Part of what drives the popularity of avocado is the fact that it is nutrient dense, with nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. A one-ounce serving of avocado (about one-fifth of a medium avocado) contains about 50 calories, 4.5g fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 3g monounsaturated fat and 2g dietary fibre. Thanks to their high fat content, avocados also help the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A when consumed together. Although relatively high in fat, avocados contain the healthy monounsaturated fats (good fats!) and plant sterols that compete with cholesterol for absorption.“ And that’s just the regular kind we all know and love, so do we really need a skinny version?
This new leaner avocado is said to have a lighter, juicier pulp with a mild flavour that’s ideal for juicing. So avocado or avocadon’t?