Three Weird Things You Didn’t Know About Guacamole
Have you ever stopped and thought while chowing down on fresh guacamole about the delicious, green dip you’re consuming? Sure, it’s a delectable, Mexican dip, but where did it come from? Yes, it’s an awesome snack, but just how popular is it, and for that matter, how healthy is it actually?
Here are all the answers to the questions you never knew you had about fresh guacamole.
Fresh Guacamole Was Originally an Aphrodisiac.
The guacamole origin story begins in ancient Mexico. Archeological evidence indicates that avocado trees — which produce guac’s main ingredient — were being cultivated as early as 750 BCE. By the time the Spaniards came upon the Aztecs, the ancient people were making a sauce called “ahuaca-mulli,” which translated to “avocado-mixture.” Interestingly, the Aztecs dubbed it the “fertility fruit,” because of its purported aphrodisiac quality. Eventually, the Spanish turned “ahuaca-mulli” into guacamole.
Literal Tons of It Are Eaten During the Super Bowl.
Chances are if you went to a Super Bowl party, there were fresh guacamole dips there, ready for you to feast upon. The reason this was a statistical probability is because of the fact that 1.6 billion avocados were consumed in 2012, and in 2013, 12 million pounds of fresh guacamole was produced for the Super Bowl.
Fresh Guacamole Is Super Healthy!
Sure, fresh guacamole is a decadent snack, but there are tons of guacamole health benefits. First of all, half a cup of fresh guacamole contains about 170 calories, 85 of which come from its healthy, monounsaturated fats. Secondly, guacamole ingredients contain a myriad of different vitamins and minerals, including potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, niacin, folate, calcium, and beta-carotene.
Who knew that guacamole was not only food for you stomach, but food for your brain? With these stunning guacamole facts, you can dazzle anyone who might be enjoying the verdant dip with you.
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