People can be very warm with avocados. If you don’t know when they are at their peak of maturity, they can be a bit odd in both taste and texture; that is, tasteless and waxy in texture.
Until recently, people didn’t choose avocados partly because they thought they were tasteless, but mostly because they thought they were high in fat and cholesterol. We all needed more information to make a healthy decision about this fruit.
If you eat a ripe avocado … that is, neither too green nor too ripe, it is a delicacy! The taste is amazing and the texture so creamy!
If that’s not enough to make you like eating them, do you know how healthy avocados are for you? They have great benefits, especially for vegetarians.
One of the biggest challenges if you are on a vegetarian or primarily vegetarian diet is getting enough good quality protein. Avocados provide complete protein! As the avocado ripens on the tree, the sun breaks down the avocado proteins into easily digestible amino acids. Your body needs all 18 essential amino acids to create complete proteins, and you can get this complete protein by eating avocados!
Avocados are also a wonderful source of healthy fats, and we now know that healthy fats are essential for good health, and especially good brain health. Studies have shown that eating avocados has beneficial effects on cardio-metabolic risk factors and has produced lower levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) or “bad” cholesterol.
All of this makes eating avocados beneficial for everyone! But how do you eat them? They are easy to add to your meals, so use your imagination. Cut them into a salad; mash and use as a spread on a sandwich; cover your scrambled eggs with them; You can even make an amazing Avocado Chocolate Mousse Pudding! and then there is always guacamole.
If you’re on a budget and trying to eat as much organic produce as you can, it’s good to know that avocados are on the Environmental Working Group’s “15 Clean Foods” list so far. In other words, they are among the foods that are least sprayed with pesticides. At the moment, you can buy conventionally grown avocados at lower prices than organic ones.
One last tip: eating an avocado at the right time can really make you like them. Buy several at a time, store a couple in the refrigerator, and take them out a day or two before you need to bring them to the proper maturity. That way you’ll always have a beautiful, creamy avocado ready when you need it!