Whenever I am on the line at Chipotle, I face an internal battle with myself debating whether to pay the $1.00 extra for Guac on my burrito bowl. Just for the taste, $1.00 is completely worth it to me. However, I always wonder if those extra calories are, or if it a waste to my body. If I am at a party and I see chips and guacamole, I can never resist.
I can’t say that I am always good about my eating habits, but I typically like to know how many calories are in each meal and snack I consume. Chipotle may not be the best place to go when you are trying to diet, but I have definitely created a bowl or salad under 450 calories. After playing around with apps and nutrition facts I have learned that the typical serving of Guac at Chipotle is 230 calories. Today I had a hot pocket that was 250, and it definitely was more hunger satisfying then a big scoop of guacamole.
So is it worth it?
Well, Guacamole’s main ingredient is avocado. I know that an avocado is technically a fruit, but lacks the sugar content of typical fruits like apples and strawberries. Instead, avocados are high in fat content. The word “fat” definitly has a negative connotation associated with it because no one wants to be “quote on quote, fat”.
I found a really cool article about a study done at Penn State involving avocados in diets. A group of overweight volunteers were split up and given different diet plans. One of the diets was higher in fat, and included one avocado a day. The group in this diet was found to have reductions in their cholesterol in comparison to the other diets. Although this does not prove anything and chance could be an option, it seems to me that avocados can indeed reduce cholesterol.
Even though avocados are fatty, they can have several health benefits. The fat is not trans fat, rather it is polyunsaturated. Protein, fiber, and potassium are other nutrients that avocados provide to our bodies. (Szalay)
Avocado individually, or added to a low calorie salad seems to be pretty beneficial. But it is often used as an add-on ingredient, such as with chips or something else unhealthy. I can conclude myself that there is enough evidence out there for me to continue eating it frequently. The key is to eat it wisely.
Fun fact that I learned: The word avocado comes from an Aztec word meaning testicle. Weird right? (Szalay)