Some Avacados Contain Half the Fat of Others

June 9, 2011 at 2:00 am 5 comments

By Kaye Nemec

‘Tis the season for backyard barbecues, refreshing drinks and summertime snacks — like guacamole made from fresh avocados. There are several guacamole recipes available but obviously the ingredient you can’t do without is avocado.

Seventy-five percent of the U.S. avocado crop is made up of Haas avocados grown in California. These are the avocados most people in the U.S. are familiar with and are, most likely, the only variety they can even name. But, it turns out there are other varieties of avocados – and one of them even has half the fat of a Haas avocado.

Fuerte avocados are grown in Florida and are actually larger than Haas avocados. Traditional Haas avocados have about 22 ½ grams of fat and 250 calories. The Fuerte varieties have only about 11 grams of fat and 125 calories.

Additional varieties of avocados include Zutano, Bacon and Cocktail. The Cocktail avocados are only one or two ounces each and do not contain the pit found in most other varieties.

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Sources: Avocado Central, WHFoods

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Hellevi Miller  |  June 9, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Thanks for the info about avocados.
    I sure were not avare the difference-thought they were all the same.
    Great reporting
    Keep up the good work

    H.Miller

    Reply
  • 2. Shannon  |  June 9, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Do they look the same? How would you tell them apart?

    Reply
    • 3. Kaye 'Finne' Nemec  |  June 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      Fuerte avocados are bigger than Haas, they are more pear-shaped and their skin is smooth and bright green.
      http://www.avocado.org/avocado-variety-browser/

      Reply
  • 4. Avo-mo-cado  |  June 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Unfortunately the fuerte avocados don’t taste anything like their fattier cousins (at least not to me). To me they seemed “watery” (for lack of a better description) and much less distinctive than the Hass.

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    • 5. Bearfoot  |  June 10, 2011 at 5:01 am

      And it’s all vegatable fat and therefor not as bad for you as other fats.

      so feel free to eat the tasty ones.

      Reply

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