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“Avocado is a good option for those on a low carb diet. It doesn't contain any sodium and cholesterol, and is high in folic acid.” Freda Molamphy, Spinneys nutritionist
Avocados are loaded with 20 vitamins and minerals and are high in good fats. Officially a berry, avocados range in colour from brown to green and can be round or pear-shaped. Their creamy texture and neutral taste make them a versatile ingredient in everything from salads and dips such as guacamole, to smoothies or desserts like brownies and chocolate mousse.
Cut it right
To safely de-seed an avocado, place it on a chopping board with the bottom towards you. Start the cut along its length and go right around the fruit. Then rotate it 90 degrees and cut along its mid-section, right around the fruit. You should have carved out four quadrants, which can be easily picked off theseed.
Store unripe avocados at room temperature. If you want to speed up the ripening, toss them into a paper bag with a banana. Be sure to check on them every day. To test for ripeness, gently press the skin – if the flesh yields, the fruit is ready to eat.
Avocados have the highest known content of both protein and monounsaturated fats, for any fruit known to man. They also have more potassium than bananas, which, studies have shown, can lower blood pressure. Avocados contain a lot of fibre, which aids both digestion and the growth of friendly gut bacteria.