Avocados are practically famous, but like anyone famous, there are plenty of rumors flying around about them. How do we separate fact from fiction? Let’s discuss a few common myths about avocados.
Pits will keep your avocados green.
Avocado “meat” that is exposed to air will oxidize and turn brown. The avocado pit may keep the bit of fruit beneath it from turning brown, but it won’t do anything to protect the rest of the fruit. In order to keep your avocado from turning brown for a short time, sprinkle lime juice across it. Alternatively, to keep them green longer, pour milk or water over the fruit’s surface and keep them in the refrigerator. Here are a few more ways to keep your avocados green.
Avocados are fattening.
Avocados do contain high levels of fat compared to other fruits, but that doesn’t mean they’re unhealthy. The fat present in avocados is “good fat,” helping you lower bad cholesterol in your body. Good fats like those found in avocados also help your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Studies have shown avocados are good for your heart and good for your health.
You cannot freeze avocados.
You absolutely can freeze avocados, so stock up on your favorite superfruit! Freeze them whole, but for best results, you can mash the fruits and add a squeeze of lemon before freezing in a resealable container. Frozen avocados can keep in the freezer for several months. When you are ready to eat it, move it from the freezer to the refrigerator the day before you plan to use it.
Avocado Myth: You should not eat avocados every day.
Avocados are a superfruit; they are rife with beneficial nutrients that sustain your body. Avocados have almost 20 vitamins and minerals, plus they taste great. They aren’t just for guacamole either; you can use avocados in a wide variety of recipes including snacks, desserts, and even baking bread.
Avocados cause constipation.
This myth is entirely false. Avocados have high amounts of dietary fiber, about 9 grams per avocado, to aid digestion.
Putting an End to Avocado Myths
There’s plenty of myths out there about food, and avocados are no exception. Knowing what’s fact and what’s fiction can help us dispel these avocado myths.