Do you know where the classic recipes to prepare fresh guacamole dips originate? Well, the origins of guacamole have been traced back to the 16th century Aztecs. In fact, the literal meaning of “guacamole” in Aztec is “avocado sauce.” Even if you don’t care about these historical facts, you have to admit that whether you prefer fresh guacamole dips or spicy guacamole dips, this wonderful green condiment is delicious and versatile.
Although many guacamole fanatics already realize this, guacamole is not only delicious and versatile, it also can be healthy. The operative phrase here is “can be healthy,” because both guacamole nutrition and guacamole calories depend on what ingredients people put into their guacamole recipes. Thus, guacamole’s versatility can kind of be a double-edged swords, since what starts out as a healthy food product can be made into just about anything.
Fortunately, most guacamole fans prefer their guacamole be prepared as close to the classic guacamole recipes as possible. When that’s the case, guacamole is rife with vitamins and nutrients that the body needs. For example, guacamole is not only a good source of vitamin C and fiber, but also high in polyunsaturated and monosaturated fat. These are the two types of “good cholesterol” that people need to boost their immune systems.
As far as fat and calories are concerned, one tablespoon of guacamole only has two grams of fat and 23 calories. The only drawback of guacamole is that it can be high in sodium. Even then, it is only around 22 mg, which is not that bad at all, especially when compared with other types of snack foods. It is also important to remember that fresh guacamole dips tend to be considerably lower in sodium than some brands of packaged guacamole sold in stores.
The bottom line is if you are looking for a snack or condiment that is healthier to other options, you might consider sampling some guacamole. If you haven’t already, don’t be surprised if it suddenly becomes a staple on your table.