The humble avocado has reached new levels of trending, and even Chipotle can’t keep up with the demand. Entire restaurants devoted to guac are stepping in to satisfy the masses, and we’re not one bit disappointed.
It’s official, the world has gone full-blown avocado #obsessed. There are weekend-long avocado festivals, entire restaurants devoted to avocado (more on that below), and thousands of Insta posts showing mouth-watering #avocadotoast, which has become cliché at this point. It’s pretty easy being green if you’re the trending avo (as hipsters affectionately call them). Here’s why avocado is the new status symbol we all aspire to have in our lives — at least on our tacos, toast, and even hair.
1. Avocados are the new apples
Get this: Avocados are technically berries. They contain 20 essential nutrients and eight important vitamins including several Bs, K, C, and E. They also have potassium, fiber, and magic that lowers cholesterol and evens out blood sugar. As far as keeping the doctor away? Take that, McIntosh. Avocados are the new apples.
2. Because guacamole spreads joy across the land
Guacamole is synonymous with “party.” The very sight of it makes people happy. Aside from the fact that it only contains other good-for-you things (including tomato, garlic, fresh cilantro, and citrus), no one ever saw a festive bowl of gauc and said, “Bummer. I wish that was cottage cheese.”
3. You’re not eating as healthy as you think ...
In a 2016 NPR poll, 75 percent of Americans swear their diets were good, very good, or excellent. Um, nope. In reality, 80 percent of us are not getting the recommended amounts of fruits and veggies. Not to mention, obesity in Americans is now at a whopping 36 percent. We can do better than that! Avocados for everyone! (Just enjoy them in moderation; there really IS too much of a good thing!)
4. Because avocados “Hass” one mommy
Fun fact: The most widely cultivated avocados in the world, the Hass, all descended from a single mother tree. It was developed by a California mailman named Rudolph Hass.
5. Because “avocados are fattening” is a myth
Very few fruits have monounsaturated “good” fats. Once again, the humble avo proves it's not your average fruit. Just one of them contains 20-25 grams of the good fat you need for heart health. People who eat them are actually more fit than average.
6. Because you're sick of cooking
Ever notice how almost every recipe involving avocado calls for raw? That's because a molecular reaction occurs when an avocado is heated above 212°F (100°C). It changes its flavor. Some liken it to the taste of quinine. Some call it hot garbage.
Adding raw avocados to your menu repertoire means one less thing to cook! They add a fresh-tasting, cool creaminess to salads, toast, burritos, and eggs. That said, people have started cooking with avocados because they can't stop pushing the envelope. To each (hipster) their own.
7. Because no one ever said, “You should eat a pat of butter a day”
Avocado is creamy enough to spread on toast, add to sandwiches, and use as a dip, giving you that desirable thing that chefs disgustingly call “mouthfeel.” Avocados are also a great alternative to butter, mayo, and cheese without adding a speck of cholesterol, sodium, or sugar.
8. Because they help you sleep better
There are four vitamins and minerals found in food that promote sleep by converting serotonin into melatonin: tryptophan, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin B6. Avocados have all of them except calcium. Add a warm glass of milk at bedtime, and you're on the express train to dreamland.
9. Because all-avocado restaurants are a thing now
In case your Insta feed hasn’t alerted you already, avocados really are pretty avo-awesome. They're healthy, plentiful, and look beautiful on toast. What more is there to say?
Dara Nai is an LA-based humor writer whose credits include scripted television, entertainment and pop culture journalism, celebrity interviews, and cultural commentary. She has also appeared in her own show for LOGO TV, written two independent sitcoms, and inexplicably, served as a judge at an international film festival.