How Healthy is Guacamole?
By Sara Butler
Avocados are good for you. They're full of healthy fats that your body needs to work at its very best. But what happens when you turn avocados into guacamole? Do they continue to be as good for you? When it comes to guacamole, there's good news and bad news about its health benefits. Here's what you need to know.
Guacamole: Nutrition Facts
Avocados are, as mentioned, really good for you and they happen to be the main ingredient in your favorite guacamole recipe. They're full of monounsaturated fat, which is good for your brain and the rest of your body too, plus they're full of fiber, potassium, folate, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, and magnesium. Throw in some onions, tomatoes, spices, herbs, and a little lime juice and you've got yourself a dip that is, at its base, tasty and fairly healthy.
What About Health?
Taking a look at all the fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals in guacamole, you may assume it's a slam dunk when it comes to healthy snacks. The problem isn't the guacamole, it's the stuff you have along with it.
Guacamole is usually served as a dip. Because of this, you eat it with other things such as chips. It's also a common topping for foods such as tacos, which can be full of sodium and fat -- and calories, too. Put this all together and guacamole loses some of its healthy luster.
When it comes to enjoying guacamole, it's a lot like everything else in life: Safe to enjoy in moderation. While guacamole can be a healthy choice, having too much of it can also lead to unhealthy body weight and can even be bad for your heart.
How to Make Guacamole Healthier
The good news is that guacamole is a lot healthier than some other options, such as salad dressings and sour cream, which are the base of many different types of dips and toppings. If you want to make the guacamole you enjoy a little healthier, there are a few things you can do.
Try substituting the chips you'd normally use to eat it with fresh vegetables such as bell peppers or carrots. Also, don't add items high in fat to your guacamole recipes, such as mayonnaise or sour cream. It also is a good idea to make guacamole at home instead of buying it at the store. That way you can control the ingredients in it and avoid added sugars, salt, and preservatives that are found in pre-made versions.
You don't have to swear off guacamole to be healthy, you simply need to know how much to eat and what to pair it with!
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