Spanish fruit company, Eurobanan, unveiled its new 'Avocado Light', a low-calorie avocado variety with 30 percent less fat than the average. The fruit will be sold in the Spanish market under the company's Isla Bonita brand name.
What Distinguishes Avocado Light From The Rest?
A regular avocado has an average of 30 g of fat. The Avocado Light has 30 percent less fat than regular avocados and it grows naturally in Central and South America.
This low-fat avocado is said to have a "mild" distinctive taste and the pulp is more succulent and "lighter" than the average. This makes the Avocado Light very suitable for making "smoothies, cold soup, gazpachos, cocktails, etc." Its outer skin is also smoother and brighter.
"So now, avocado can also be drunk. It is time to rediscover this fruit and experience the many alternatives it offers throughout the day," said Ramón Rey, Eurobanan's International Marketing Director.
"As fruit and vegetable experts, we know that there are countries whose avocados are different because of their race, variety and climatic conditions. Those avocados, which are common for those countries, have some very attractive nutritional characteristics that respond to these demands."
Eurobanan plans to launch the Avocado Light during the Fruit Attraction Trade fair which will kick off in Madrid later this month. It will only be available in Spain.
Avocado Light Lasts Longer
In addition to containing 30 percent less fat, the Avocado Light also ripens quickly and oxidizes at a slower rate, which means it can last longer and turns brown slower than regular avocados. Independent laboratories have already backed up the claims and the fruit has been certified by the Spanish Health Foundation's Food Health Program, according to Fruitnet.
Is Avocado Fat Unhealthy?
A regular avocado contains a large amount of oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid, which has been shown to decrease levels of cholesterol and lower the risk of cancer. The heart-healthy fatty acid is also believed to be responsible for some of the beneficial effects of olive oil.
Benefits of Avocados
Avocado is a very versatile and nutritious fruit that contains almost 20 vitamins and minerals. It is loaded with fiber, B vitamins, and antioxidants that help protect the eyes.
A recent research has shown that avocados may also help prevent heart disease by protecting the arteries against calcification. This is due to the fruit's high-level of potassium, around 708.1 mg of the mineral per serving, which is much higher than that of bananas.