Delicious and healthy: how best to handle avocados
On bread, as guacamole, in a salad or even as a dessert: avocados are also becoming increasingly popular in Germany. The fruits are not only extremely tasty and versatile, but also very healthy at the same time. However, there are some mistakes that are common when handling avocados. Some of these also endanger health.
The avocado is an all-rounder
A few years ago, many Germans only knew avocados from vacation. But now the delicious fruit can be found in almost all supermarkets. In Germany it is mostly used as a dip, for example in the form of guacamole or as a bread topping. But the healthy superfood can do much more: avocados are suitable for salads and soups, they can be baked in the oven and serve as the basis for tempting desserts and delicious drinks. The fruits are very healthy, but there is also a health risk if handled incorrectly.
Delicious and healthy fruits
The avocado is often seen as an extremely fatty calorie bomb, which is why many avoid the delicious fruit.
But the unsaturated fatty acids it contains, which the body cannot manufacture itself, can even help you lose weight.
According to experts, the enzyme lipase plays a role in this, which controls fat burning during digestion and in adipose tissue.
The fruits also contain minerals such as magnesium, potassium and iron as well as vitamins B, E and K and provitamin A.
According to scientific research, avocados can help lower cholesterol and are good for blood formation.
In addition, thanks to the potassium they contain, they are an important contribution to a healthy heart.
Wash avocados before preparing
Before preparing the fruit, it should always be cleaned with cold or lukewarm water and lightly scrubbed.
Bacteria and pesticides frolic on the chunky skin of the fruit, which can get into the flesh with a knife.
But there is still another health risk: Cutting and coring would "injure more and more people," as Vice President of the British Society for Hand Surgery, Simon Eccles, told The Times.
Such injuries are referred to internally as "avocado hand".
The doctor argued for "clear warnings" to reduce the injuries.
It is particularly problematic when the popular super fruit is still very hard.
Experts therefore point out how to get the avocado ripe faster: by wrapping it in paper with an apple and then storing the packet at room temperature.
Avocados and apples should not be stored with other fruits, since they release the gas ethylene, which ensures that fruits in the area ripen prematurely and decompose faster.
Superfood with poor ecological balance
According to experts, the growing global demand for avocados can often hardly be met. This boom is also accompanied by clear environmental disadvantages, because the fruits need a lot of water.
As researchers from the University of Twente in Enschede in the Netherlands calculated in a scientific paper, almost 2,000 liters of water are required to produce one kilogram of avocados.
In growing countries where drinking water is scarce, production can have drastic consequences.
Environmentalists also criticize that avocados travel long distances until they land in our supermarket. For this reason, for example, the Vegetarian Association of Germany (VEBU) advises to pay attention to organic quality and origin when shopping. (ad)