Avocados are the perfect food for the ketogenic diet. They are rich in monounsaturated fat and very low in carbohydrate. Avocados also have 60% more potassium than bananas. They are also a great source of B vitamins, as well as vitamin E and vitamin K. They have the highest fiber content of any fruit. There's evidence to show that including avocados daily in a (regular) diet lowers cholesterol and triglycerides. The Hass avocado shown here is the most common variety available in the US. The larger, greener avocados grown in Florida are much lower in fat and higher in carbohydrate.
- For ready to eat avocados, choose those that are slightly soft when flesh is pressed.
- Firm avocados will ripen faster when stored next to other fruit (within 2-3 days).
- After cutting open the avocado, leave the pit inside and the skin on to help keep the remainder fresh.
- You may freeze cut up avocado but wrap it with plastic wrap to avoid air contact which browns it. Browning is not harmful though.
- Avocados taste great plain but also in omeletts, in salads, or mashed with mayonnaise as a dip for raw vegetables.