Love Life Guac 06Way back in the 19th century, avocados were called “ahuacalt,” the Aztec word for certain part of the male anatomy (we’ll let you use your imagination here. Or don’t!). 

Growers in the US began producing “ahuacalt” fruit commercially around 1915, calling it both the “ahuacalt” and the “alligator pear.” Unsurprisingly, this didn’t do much to bolster consumer interest in the fruit, except as a libido enhancer.

All this changed in the 1920s when a group of avocado farmers embarked on a marketing campaign to give the fruit a makeover. They changed the name to “avocado“– much easier to say– and supplied hotel and restaurant kitchens in hopes that tourists would give the fruit a try. The campaign worked, and avocados gained popularity in home kitchens by mid-century. Thanks, farmers! 

These days, avocados still get a bad rap for their fat content. 

While avocados do contain fat, almost all of it as the kind that helps you lose weight! Avocados are chock full of monounsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs, a healthy fat that is also found in nut butters and olives.

A study from the American Diabetic Association found that MUFAs actually decreased stubborn belly fat when consumed in moderation at every meal. (Dr. Oz recommends a 1/4 avocado, three times daily, as a serving suggestion.)  The MUFAs in avocados may also help improve insulin sensitivity, which is important for good blood sugar control and avoiding and treating diabetes.  On top of those MUFA-ing health benefits, avocados are high in fiber! They have more potassium than bananas, and they are loaded with folates and vitamin E.

Of all fruits, the avocado is highest in protein. As a bonus, the natural oils of the fruit are good for your skin, too.

Do you love avocados? What are some of your favorite ways to eat them?

Family Health Makeover |

Leann Forst, MBA, CHC — Family Health & Cancer Coach

Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, holding a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Leann is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. And she is an award winning author of 2 books How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies and 100 Ways to Lose Weight”.

Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t”. And take Leann’s Nutrient Deficiency Quiz here.



Print Friendly, PDF & Email



Related Posts

Astragalus and Cancer |
Astragalus and Cancer
Deep Blue Essential Oil Blend |
Deep Blue Essential Oil Blend
Benefits of Blue Tansy Essential Oil

    Print Friendly, PDF & Email




    Free Webinar:
    "30 Day Cleanse: Detoxification in a Toxic World"


    Your email has been verified and everything will be sent to you shortly.

    Look for my "30 Day Cleanse: Detoxification in a Toxic World" in your inbox.

    Looking to overhaul your family's health?  Checkout my 30 Day Family Health Makeover program at

    See you there!  Leann