Over the course of the last two years, you could not enter a restaurant or beauty store without hearing the word avocado. According to The Food Network, 2018 is on track to be the best ever year for avocado and avocado product sales. This product has been publicly labeled as “a superfood,” by numerous doctors, magazines, and celebrities. This title, however, is misleading and gives the impression that the avocado is a sort of end-all-be-all.
Before I debunk the inflated prestige of the avocado, I would first like to dissect why it was permitted to achieve its current fame and reputation to prove that it, too, is just a “regular-food” opposed to a “super-food.” Let’s say we compare asparagus and avocado: in one serving size of each, Avocado has 384 calories and 35g total fat. Asparagus, on the contrary, has 31 calories and 0g of total fat. An avocado has 1,166 mg potassium and 5g protein, while asparagus has 366 potassium and 3g protein. Although the potassium and protein count for avocado is better than that of asparagus if you simply double or even triple your serving of asparagus you are hitting above the avocado protein and potassium count, still with fewer calories and less fat.
Yes, Avocado has its health benefits. Yet, as we have just examined these are not necessarily more than your average fruit or vegetable. The media highly market it as being a holistic means of full body health. With the fad, it is marketed as a chameleonic ingredient that can find a place in every dish or for just about every health purpose, ranging from skin care to have a place in soap products or shampoos. It is clear that the avocado fad is just based around marketing and the economy, on that is trying to get people to invest in a certain product that is more expensive than others to benefit business.
The truth is that eating a lot of avocado’s, although the media might make it seem so, is not the key to immediate health, or, for that matter, drastically different than incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet. Yes, avocados do have merit in that they have nutritional value and can benefit the texture and flavor of many foods and beauty products. However, the way to real health, instead of picking up on every wellness fad to hit the market, is to learn about nutrition and find a way to balance your diet and consume the necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that your specific body needs.