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What Is a Slimcado?

What Is a Slimcado?

Even though we have made food our lives and we fancy ourselves pretty knowledgeable about all things healthy living, Cooking Light Nutrition Editor Sidney Fry and I were stumped when we ran across a "Slimcado" in the local Fresh Market a few weeks ago. We both desperately needed an avocado for our own dinner recipes, but the Hass avocados were rock hard. The Slimcados, however, felt just about perfect. At least we thought. But, as it turns out, that was about the only thing right with those avocados.

The following text conversation actually did happen. And I actually did fish out the chunks of avocado from my soup so I could enjoy it happily.

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After the fiasco, I did a little research and discovered that a Slimcado is a Florida avocado. (Slimcado is a registered name.) A Florida avocado has a smooth, kelly green skin. They're also much larger than the traditional California or Hass avocados you typically find at the grocery store. Once you cut in, the flesh is more fibrous, less creamy. It holds its shape beautifully, much better than Hass slices.

Nutritionally, they're quite different, too. The Slimcado tags promote the fact that they have up to half the fat and a third fewer calories than traditional avocados. Gram to gram, Slimcados or Florida avocados certainly do weigh in with a lot less fat and fewer calories.

The Math 230 grams (1 cup of Slimcado, according to their web site) has 276 calories and 23.1g fat. 230 grams of Hass avocado has 368 calories and 33.7g fat.

From our observations, the water content of a Florida avocado is much higher than a California variety. Where the smaller California varieties are dense and buttery, the Slimcado was more fibrous and chewy. The one I ate was slightly sweet, as if it had a bit of papaya juice on it. Sidney said hers wasn't as sweet, but it needed salt. When she sprinkled it on, a lot of the water in the avocado leached out and made her sandwich bread soggy.

Bottom Line In places where you want the rich, warm, nutty creaminess of an avocado, the Florida avocado or Slimcado probably isn't going to satisfy. But if you desperately need to cut calories and fat or need the avocado to retain its shape (say, for a salad or skewer), then sure, the Slimcado will work.


Unbeknownst to this foodie, the Slimcado is not brand new to the scene. In fact, it has been around for well over 100 years. I just recently saw it in the produce aisle and it raised a red flag even if the Slimcado was not genetically modified, how do you take a food that is mostly fat and pitch it as a &ldquolite&rdquo product, without lessening its nutrition or completely destroying the taste?


What is a Slimcado?
The fruit boasts roughly 35% less calories and half of the fat of a regular avocado. It looks nearly the same as its traditional counterpart with a few slight variances. There are about 30 varieties sold commercially, but some of the most noticeable differences are that the large seed inside the center of a reduced calorie avocado is slightly fuzzy, and they tend to have a shinier, smoother outside skin.

These fruits are grown in Florida in a climate that is much wetter than the ones that regular avocados are grown in. The result is a sort of watered down, less calorie dense version of the original fruit that we all know and love.

Here&rsquos the part about this lower calorie food that doesn&rsquot make any sense the fat of an avocado is part of what makes it such a superfood. Because of it, eating avocados on a regular basis has been shown to raise good HDL cholesterol and lower harmful LDL levels. The fat is excellent for your heart health, along with the appearance and condition of skin, hair and nails. The nutrition &ldquoperk&rdquo of this version of the fruit is that it has a lower content of the very thing that makes the fruit so healthful in the first place.


How does the Slimcado taste different?
The low fat version is essentially like a diluted rendition of a regular avocado.

Many say that the Slimcado tastes a bit watery, whereas most people describe its better known counterpart as having a sort of oily, rich texture and flavor. This makes sense that the low cal version would taste thinner or more watery as its fat and calorie content has in fact been diluted, in a sense.

The majority of people who try the slim version end up deciding that they will stick to the normal, full fat edition. Others have claimed that the skinny fruit has its place as a topping (over salads and in sandwiches, for example) but it doesn&rsquot hold its own in avocado heavy dishes such as guacamole.


All in all, after a little research it turns out that the low calorie food is not a genetically modified, manmade creation as I first suspected. It does however, encapsulate the dieting mindset that seems to be making our country fatter and fatter. Fat isn&rsquot bad for health or a diet. It&rsquos very necessary, even for (maybe especially for) people who are trying to lose weight.

Even with its high fat content and calorie density considered, the delicious avocado is not a food that anyone, dieters included, should steer clear of or even eat sparingly. The fiber is filling, the fat is hunger fighting, and they are loaded with immune boosting vitamins that will keep your body functioning healthily. Try it if you like, but it&rsquos really not a necessary or sensible diet change to make in exchange for the full fat version.


What Is a Slimcado?

Even though we have made food our lives and we fancy ourselves pretty knowledgeable about all things healthy living, Cooking Light Nutrition Editor Sidney Fry and I were stumped when we ran across a "Slimcado" in the local Fresh Market a few weeks ago. We both desperately needed an avocado for our own dinner recipes, but the Hass avocados were rock hard. The Slimcados, however, felt just about perfect. At least we thought. But, as it turns out, that was about the only thing right with those avocados.

The following text conversation actually did happen. And I actually did fish out the chunks of avocado from my soup so I could enjoy it happily.

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After the fiasco, I did a little research and discovered that a Slimcado is a Florida avocado. (Slimcado is a registered name.) A Florida avocado has a smooth, kelly green skin. They're also much larger than the traditional California or Hass avocados you typically find at the grocery store. Once you cut in, the flesh is more fibrous, less creamy. It holds its shape beautifully, much better than Hass slices.

Nutritionally, they're quite different, too. The Slimcado tags promote the fact that they have up to half the fat and a third fewer calories than traditional avocados. Gram to gram, Slimcados or Florida avocados certainly do weigh in with a lot less fat and fewer calories.

The Math 230 grams (1 cup of Slimcado, according to their web site) has 276 calories and 23.1g fat. 230 grams of Hass avocado has 368 calories and 33.7g fat.

From our observations, the water content of a Florida avocado is much higher than a California variety. Where the smaller California varieties are dense and buttery, the Slimcado was more fibrous and chewy. The one I ate was slightly sweet, as if it had a bit of papaya juice on it. Sidney said hers wasn't as sweet, but it needed salt. When she sprinkled it on, a lot of the water in the avocado leached out and made her sandwich bread soggy.

Bottom Line In places where you want the rich, warm, nutty creaminess of an avocado, the Florida avocado or Slimcado probably isn't going to satisfy. But if you desperately need to cut calories and fat or need the avocado to retain its shape (say, for a salad or skewer), then sure, the Slimcado will work.


The Problem with “Diet” Avocados

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Recipe Summary

  • 3 jalapeno peppers, minced, or to taste
  • 2 serrano peppers, minced, or to taste (Optional)
  • 1 habanero pepper, minced, or to taste (Optional)
  • ¾ yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, or to taste
  • 3 avocados - peeled, pitted, and cubed
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or to taste

Combine the jalapeno peppers, serrano peppers, habanero pepper, onion, garlic, avocados, Roma tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and lemon juice into a food processor. Drizzle in the olive oil season to taste with salt and pepper. Pulse until the salsamole has reached your desired consistency.


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What Is a Slimcado? - Recipes

I discovered a new Florida grown fruit (or is this a vegetable?) called a "SlimCado". Its basically an oversized avacado with half the calories and fat of a regular avocado.

They are large and pear shaped with a smooth or bumpy skin and have 35% less calories than a regular avocado.

I also discovered that it was delicious paired with a cucumber for a sandwich.

Two slices of bread, mayonnaise, sliced cucumber and slimcado, and salt and pepper. Thats it. Just like you would make a tomato sandwich. It was delicious!

The cucumber made the taste and the slimcado made a nice buttery taste that added the wow. Ok well, maybe it was the cucumber that really made the "wow", but I'm sure the slimcado did something.

Slimcados do not turn black like an avocado and have a much larger seed in the middle. Raw they are very firm and will have a slight give in the firmness when ripe. The skin will peel away very easy.

Reading reviews on this diet food, I noticed most people do not prefer it over the regular avocado. Of course, like any other "Lite" food, It has half the flavor. I do not eat avocado alone that often so I could not really tell a big difference in the taste. I did notice that it did not turn black over night either and that made me happy.


What Is a Slimcado? - Recipes

I love the SlimCado's nuttier taste. I think you said it best. There different kinds of avocados. This is the lighter one.

@Ela -- I would love to visit Hawaii. Someone was just telling me today about eating raw cocoa right off the tree, in the pods! I love raw cocoa beans (I buy the essential living foods brand which they carry at my local co-op) -- the idea of the fresh sticky pods on the tree is just mouth-watering.

Wow, this is making me consider trying the Slimcado for a second time. Thanks! :)

I live in Portland Or. and am looking for some of these I loved it, and cannot find any. Any Ideas.

What brings you here? trying to determine when to cut into this huge slimcado I just bought. What are you thoughts? I like adventure in dining, but don't want to waste my $2 on an unripe fruit. Do you consider yourself a raw foodist? No. Approximately how much of your diet is raw? If yogurt counts as raw then maybe 30% on a good day. Do you consider yourself healthy? Relatively, considering I was not breastfed. Trying to reduce my toxins. What would you like to see more of on this blog? This is the first I've seen. You did a great job with this post. Much more informative than anything else I found. Will you be back? Quite possibly. Is this too many questions? Quite possibly! but I like your spunk!

The Slimcados seem to be ripe at about the same softness that a mango is ripe. It's hard to compare to a Haas avocado because the skin on a Haas is so much thicker that it alters how soft it feels.

The Slimcados I've bought get speckled, like bananas, as they ripen.

DDJ -- No idea how to get them if the supermarket doesn't carry them. I generally only go out of my way to get dry/packaged goods online. Although I have considered ordering certain produce in large sums from an online source. But it's hard to judge produce quality if you're not there in person. You can make a request at most supermarkets to stock something.


Everything You Need to Know About the New "Skinny" Low-Fat Avocado

They might be much larger and more vibrant green than the typical Hass avocado, but Slimcados are getting a bad reputation for being totally deceptive. While they're marketed as offering "triple the dip with half the fat," these Florida-grown avocados are watery instead of creamy. And avid avocado eaters are pissed.

The low-fat alternative&mdashwhose mushy flesh apparently produces soupy guacamole with almost no flavor&mdashis seeing serious backlash online, with one 22-year-old leading the outcry under the Twitter handle @Slimcados, an account self-described as an "avocado support group and Slimcado hate group."

But the Slimcado is not a new creation. Trademarked by Brooks Tropicals LLC, the "skinny" avocado has been around since 2003. And the company has been dealing with harsh criticism ever since. ""I get a lot of people from California absolutely emailing me and calling me saying, 'What the heck are you doing?'" Mary Ostlund, a Brooks Tropicals spokeswoman, told the Wall Street Journal.

Here's a little more about the lesser-known avocado:

  • It can weigh up to 3 pounds, which is nearly six times the size of a traditional Hass avocado.
  • It contains half the fat and 35 percent fewer calories than a Hass avocado.
  • It's desperately trying to compete with the California Hass, which makes up 95 percent of the U.S. market and 80 percent of the global market.
  • It offers a subtle tropical flavor similar to papaya.
  • Surprisingly, many Florida natives grew up eating them.
  • It is more fibrous, contains much more water (which some describe as "slimy").
  • It will seriously leech water once you salt it.

Last year, Cooking Light editors took a critical look at the nutritional values of both iterations. Their findings were quite surprising: 230 grams of Slimcado has 276 calories and 23.1g fat while the same amount of Hass avocado has 368 calories and 33.7g fat. So how much are you really saving here? At Delish, we're obviously not ones to sacrifice flavor to cut a few cals.


Avocado vs. Slimcado

Full Disclosure: I received these products for free to try and review on the blog. As always, the opinions are completely my own

So, even though I feel like I’ve come pretty far with diversifying my food choices since starting this blog, there are still some things that I feel like many people around me eat without question that I have never had….and am a bit iffy about trying. That list of things includes (but is not limited to) almond butter, chia seeds, whole wheat pasta, and raisins. Another thing on this list, and something that also is a pretty trendy food right now, is avocado. Yes, this includes guacamole.

I few weeks ago, the people from Brooks Tropicals sent me an email and offered me a chance to try their Slimcado avocado. Their variety of avocado is similar in flavor to the leading California avocado, but it has up to half the fat and one third fewer calories. Now, I didn’t accept their offer because I am tracking my calories or concerned about fat content or anything like that, it just seemed like a good way to try something new! Also, since I’ve never had any kind of avocado, I figured I should give a Haas avocado a try too while I’m at it so I can compare the two. Luckily the husband likes avocado (especially in the form of guacamole) so he helped me taste test as well.

The main difference that I see in the Slimcado is that it is large! (as you can see in the photo above)

Along with the Slimcado, I was given some guacamole mix from Concord Foods to try. And if you look closely at the package for the mix you can see it says “Just add 2 avocados.” However, since the Slimcado is so large you just need one per one package of guacamole mix! Slimcado + Mix = Guacamole. Super easy.

To compare the two different fruits and test the avocado mix, we made some guacamole. If you notice in the photo above, there are three different bowls of guacamole. If I’m testing out two different guacamoles, what is in the third bowl? Well, the husband actually has a particular kind of guacamole that he likes much more than most others, and it doesn’t involve a mix. So, we decided to make one batch of his Guacamole with the Slimcado as well so the husband could taste the difference compared to what he is used to.

So, what was the result of the taste test? Well, I wasn’t blown away by delicious flavor, but I wasn’t grossed out either. (a step in the right direction!) As for the guacamole mix, I didn’t love it but it wasn’t too bad. I was a little concerned that it would be too spicy for my taste (yes, I know, it is MILD. But still.) but it actually was not too spicy at all. It had a bit of a peppery flavor, but not really any hot spice! I tried the husbands guacamole recipe too and I wasn’t a huge fan of that either so its not that I don’t like the mix, I just don’t love guacamole in general.

Compared to the Haas avocado the Slimcado is larger in size (obviously) and has a lighter texture. After talking with Mary at Brooks Tropicals about the differences between the two, it made sense to me why they are different: they are grown in different climates! Haas avocados are grown in a much drier climate than Florida, which is where the Slimcado is grown. She also mentioned that Slimcado isn’t there to compete with the Haas avocado (which has 95% of the market), they just want to give consumers a lighter tasting choice. Sounds like a good idea to me – especially since it has important healthy fats and other nutrients that are great for a healthy lifestyle. Another healthy option with a slightly different taste that might appeal to different people always seems like a good idea for this picky eater.

For more information on the Slimcado, as well as some interesting recipes, check out their site here.

Did you get through all of that? You’ll soon be glad you did!

As a special treat for you all, Concord Foods has provided me with some guacamole mix packets to give to TEN (10) of my wonderful readers!

Here’s how you can win:

  • Leave a comment on this post about your favorite way to eat avocado – if you have a delicious recipe that uses avocado, share a link!
  • You have until midnight of next Wednesday 7/25 to enter, I will pick the winners and contact them on Thursday 7/26.
  • Once I contact you, you will have 72 hours to respond with your mailing information. If I do not hear back from you within 72 hours, I will pick another winner.

Good Luck! **The Giveaway is now closed, congratulations to the winners!**


Watch the video: If You Eat an Avocado a Day For a Month, Heres What Will Happen to You (November 2021).