The avocado, a tree likely originating from south-central Mexico, is classified as a member of the flowering plant family Lauraceae. The fruit of the plant, also called an avocado, is botanically a large berry containing a single large seed.
Avocados are actually a berry, and there are so many ways to enjoy this delicious fruit. You can stuff them, scramble them, smear them on toast, mash for some guacamole, blended for smoothies, and much more!
Avocados offer around 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving, including potassium, lutein, and folate! Plus, they’re low in sugar but high in fiber – helping you feel full longer.
You can buy avocados raw, sliced, guac’d, or pre-packaged.
Are Avocados Hard To Digest?
Avocados should be avoided if you already have an upset stomach as part of the plant passes through your system without being digest. They’re filled with healthy fatty acids and fibers that can generally cause discomfort and bloating.
Fiber normally aids in digestion but too much fiber can lead to digestive distress, gas, and intestinal issues. While too little fiber can harm your intestinal biome and have a negative effect on the health of your protective mucus wall.
The average Avocado weighs 170 grams, and a serving size is only a third of this. Eating more than the recommended amount can lead to intestinal issues.
Do Avocados Go Bad?
Yes, avocados go bad.
Avocados become overripe and start becoming brown the longer they’re exposed to air. As they oxidize, the flavor may change as well. However, they’re still safe to eat while they’re brown, just like overripe bananas used in banana bread.
The reason why avocados turn brown so fast is that they’re “sensitive” fruits.
The brown color isn’t an avocado going “bad,” but it is a warning of eventual expiration. An avocado can really go bad anywhere between 2-7 days, and you can tell it’s bad unless you gently squeeze it or cut it open.
A few tips for storing your avocados:
- For ripe avocados, keep them in your refrigerator for 2-3 days to keep them fresh.
- Avocados that aren’t quite ripe can be left out on the countertop for 4-5 days.
- Wrap any leftover avocados in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container to keep them fresh longer.
- Leave the avocado seed inside the fruit to decrease the speed of oxidation.