Avocados used to be shunned.
In the 1990s, everyone seemed to fear fat. The idea was that because a gram of fat contains 9 calories – as opposed to the 4 calories in a gram of protein or a gram of carbohydrate – eliminating fat could help you lose weight. After all, it sort of made sense that eating fat would make you fat.
Except that’s not actually true. Every diet needs to contain a certain amount of dietary fat. In fact, it’s vital for many bodily functions, including:
- Maintaining energy reserves.
- Supporting cellular growth.
- Protecting the organs.
- Producing hormones.
- Supporting immune function.
In short, fat is important, but still, fatty foods fell out of favor, and high-fat foods like avocados were banished from many tables.