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There’s now a low-fat avocado — but it will never be as good as the full-fat, regular avocado

9Coach logo 9Coach 12/10/2017 Sam Downing

A European food distributor has developed a low-fat avocado, because apparently nothing is sacred anymore.

The “Aquacate Light” has 30 percent less fat but the same nutritional profile as its non-Frankenstein ancestor, according Fruitnet. Targeted at shoppers concerned about avocados’ high calories, it’ll be officially launched in Spain later this month.

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“Thanks to the Avocado Light, you can enjoy this fruit at all times in a much lighter way,” Eurobanan’s import and marketing director Ramón Rey told Fruitnet.

That is (how do I put this politely) hot BS, because the avocado is already perfect you can’t can improve upon perfection.

“Superfood” has basically become synonymous with “overpriced, overhyped food product with questionable health benefits”, but avocados fit the term in its truest sense.

These wrinkly little weirdos are also jammed full of things that are good for you: fibre, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, phenolics and antioxidants (particularly the bits of the avo close to the skin, so make sure you’re eating those too).

Yes, avocados are high in calories because they’re high in fat — but it’s monounsaturated “good” fat, which helps keep you full; is linked to a tonne of health benefits, particularly heart health; and unlocks more of the nutrients in other vegetables.

You don’t need to worry about the fat in regular avocados, assuming you’re sticking to the recommended serving size —somewhere between a quarter of a medium-sized avo and a third, depending who you ask. Which is a generous portion to slather on toast as a replacement for butter, or mix into a salad or pasta dish.

A diet avocado is ultimately just marketing spin exploiting people’s fear of eating too much fat. Remember: “low fat” is not the same as “healthier”.

(Now if they could find a way to make avocados cheaper… that I could get on board with.)

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