Hold onto your toast, millennials, because the avocado game has changed. A Spanish company, Isla Bonita, has come out with Avocado Light, a new variation of avocados that the company claims contains 30% less fat than ordinary avocados. It seems like a win-win: a super popular fruit now comes in a new “healthy” variation, but if you ask the internet and nutritionists, this is the dumbest invention since the fidget spinner.
First, let’s get into just what makes the difference between regular avocados and these diet avocados. The new variation isn’t genetically modified, it’s really just a different variation. The avocados you know and love are of the Hass variety and grown mostly in Mexico and California. The “diet” avocados are grown in Florida and have been around for the last 85 years.
The second difference is the fat and calorie count. According to avoseedo.com, “One cup of Florida avocado has 276 calories and 23 grams of fat. One cup of Hass avocado has 384 calories and 35 grams of fat.” Now, it might seem as if there’s a clear winner when it comes to which variety is healthier, but looks can be deceiving.
While the Hass avocados are higher in fats, those fats are actually the good kind that helps your heart stay healthy and does wonders for your skin. The fats in Hass avocados are also monounsaturated fats, the kind that helps your body lower bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol. It also has a higher concentration of antioxidants.
Wait, why would we even need diet avocados then when the regular kind are already so good for you? The only thing that really sets these avocad-nos above regular ones is the fact that they supposedly ripen faster and oxidize (get all brown and mush) much slower.
Now that the informational portion is over, let’s get down to these hilarious Twitter reactions. The internet has absolutely lost it when it comes to these diet avocados. The main reaction is: Why? There are so many food innovations that are much more pressing, so why this? Why now, just when we’ve figured out the perfect avocado toast recipe? Besides that, who looked at avocados and thought to themselves, “I bet I could make a better one?”
Diet avocados are a crime against all of us. https://t.co/4GHgmJBVFj— Meghann Farnsworth (@mtfarnsworth) October 13, 2017
Things we don't need: diet avocados. Things we do need: zero calorie pizza.— Ally Reid (@ashallann) October 12, 2017
The avocado is virtually the only fruit that contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fat – good fat. And they are gonna take it away?!? https://t.co/d13lJDieLh— Dennis Brekke (@dbrekke) October 12, 2017
Thank god for that, cause u always hear how people got fat from eating 2 many 🥑’s 🙈“Someone Created 'Diet' Avocados” https://t.co/obqpecUWhZ— Jodie Moss (@jodiemoss1) October 12, 2017
When you have a good thing, why go around messing with it? There is such a thing as going too far, and the internet consensus seems to be that this Spanish company has gone down the wrong path with their avocado innovations. Avocados don’t need gimmicks to sell, at least not while avocado toast is still trending.