Hello, avid readers! Today we are going to discuss avocado and whether or not it contains sugar. Avocado is a fruit that is native to South Central Mexico. It has a wealth of health benefits. One cup of sliced avocado will average 234 calories. It contains 21 grams of fat, with 14 grams of that total coming from monounsaturated fat. One of the best things you can add to your diet is this wonderful fruit! The cup of sliced avocado will also contain 12 grams of carbohydrates, with only 1 gram of that being derived from sugar. Let’s not forget about protein either, one cup of avocado will yield 2.9 grams of protein.
If you can not tolerate the texture or taste of avocado, it is a great addition to smoothies. They provide a thicker texture to the smoothie, similar to pudding or yogurt, so you may want to serve that smoothie with a spoon! My family are not fans of avocado, but added to a smoothie, they are none the wiser. The extra healthy fat in that smoothie will also aid in not feeling hunger before your next meal time as well.
Avocado, The Fruit That Will Not Spike Sugar Levels
Avocados are a great way to add fruit to your diet, without adding extra sugar. Since they only contain one gram of sugar per one cup of sliced avocado. They are perfect for a diabetic that is looking to reduce the amount of sugar in their diet. Research has shown that a diet high in monunsaturated fats and also low in carbohydrates will improve insulin sensitivity. You can make a perfect salad dressing to add to your favorite green salad. Combine the following ingredients in your food processor to make a creamy salad dressing:
2 ripe avocados (halved, seeded, and peeled)
2 cloves of garlic
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
your personal amount of salt and pepper
Avocados are very nutrient dense as well, they are a versatile staple to any healthy diet. They also contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Folate, Fiber, and Potassium. In fact, avocados contain 35% more potassium than a banana, without the added sugar content! Avocados quickly brown when exposed to the air, so they will want to be eaten quickly. They are not something you can prepare ahead of time and set aside. If you avocado turns brown, the fruit can still be enjoyed if you remove the layer that has been oxidized. To prevent the oxidation of the creamy fruit, you can add an acidic agent to it, such as: lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, vinegar, tomatoes, or onion. Simply sprinkle one of these acidic agents over the flesh to preserve the green color. Store in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to twenty four hours. Discard any unused portion after twenty four hours.
To get the most health benefits of avocado, you will want to peel them manually, using just your hands. The dark green flesh closest to the skin has the most phytonutrient richness that allows carotenoids to be fully absorbed. To peel the avocado, slice it in half lengthwise and then twist the two halves in opposite directions to separate them and to remove the seed. After the seed is removed, cut each half of the fruit lengthwise again. You are then able to peel each of the quarters like a banana, simply using your fingers, while retaining the wholesome goodness of the dark green flesh. Remember, avocado doesn’t contain that much sugar, just one gram per cup sliced, so you can enjoy this fruit without suffering a spike in your sugar levels. They are so versatile that they can be added to just about any meal. Some people enjoy them with each and every meal!
Avocados are Versatile
Now that we know the answer to the burning question, Does avocado have sugar? You seriously need to start adding it to your food regime. It is a little like the apple, in that “an avocado a day can keep the doctor away.” You can blend it with just about any other ingredient, so if you do not like the taste or texture of a sliced avocado, using it as a sandwich spread or a dip will suffice just fine. One tasty recipe for a dip is:
One Avocado, peeled and cubed
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1/8 TSP smoked paprika
Pinch cayenne pepper
Salt to taste
This could be used on sandwiches, with pita chips, corn chips, or any vegetable you would like to dip with it. As a whole avocado contains less than 1 gram of sugar, it is a super addition to any meal. Your sugars will spike if you eat it with a food too high in carbohydrates, so use caution. The avocado is not to blame for the insulin spike, it is the food that you are consuming it with. As always, we appreciate your visit and hope you enjoyed the information provided.