Saturday, September 10, 2011

The SlimCado ~ Have You Tried It?

While grocery shopping  at Walmart the other day, I noticed this . . . 

Always looking to save myself a few calories and fat grams, I thought I'd give a try.  Upon doing a bit of  online research on the "SlimCado", I read quite a bit of mixed reviews.  A lot of people who disliked it described the flavor as being bland and not very "avocadoy" tasting, with a watery textured  flesh.  

The SlimCado is grown in Florida, and marketed by Brooks Tropicals of Homestead.  Brooks has been growing the SlimCado since 1928, and they've been selling the fruit under the "SlimCado" name since 1987.   It has not been genetically altered in any way, according to a Brooks marketing director.  It is a Florida avocado.  The humid Florida climate is what makes it different then a California grown Hass avocado.  

Brooks claims they are not necessarily trying to compete with a Hass avocado.  They admit that they're fruit is better to be sliced on salads or soups, or made into sandwich spreads.  If you're wanting to make a  bowl of creamy, or in my case chunky, guacamole, you would prefer a Hass avocado. 

Wish I'd read that statement yesterday before I attempted to make guacamole.

After making my version of guacamole, I would have to agree with that descriptions I'd read online.  Oh, it's not terrible tasting, but it certainly doesn't have that creamy almost buttery-like texture of a Hass avocado.  

My review of the SlimCado . . . eh . . .  
Let's put it this way, I won't be in a big rush to run out and buy another any time soon.  

Now, here's the strange thing, you notice Brooks' claim on the label up there states 35% fewer calories and 50% less fact then a regular avocado.  I went to Brooks' website, where they list the nutritional info as 1/2 a fruit having 145 calories and 10.5 fat grams. Then I went to the Hass Avocado Board's website called Avocado Central where they're nutritional listing has 1/5 of a medium fruit having 50 calories and 4.5 fat grams.

That would be 290 calories and 21 fat grams for a whole SlimCado, and 
250 calories and 22.5 fat grams for a whole Hass.

Mmmm . . . that all just don't add up, does it?  

So, if all those numbers are correct, I'm definitely sticking with the Hass!

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Lisa said...

I tried before and didn't care for it either. Cool you did the research. We need to get together and scrap now that kids back in school. I haven't scrapped in so long.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I am glad you posted this. I have always wondered what the larger looking Florida avocados were like. I think I'll just stick to my Haas avocados. I was thinking of you last weekend when we drove down to Charlotte to take a look at UNC-Charlotte for my son who is a Senior in HS. We LOVED it! What a beautiful campus! I can see why your son likes it so much. What is he majoring in? They have a computer program that my son is interested in right now.

Kerin said...

Um...I've never tried either. Cause when I was a kid, I tried avocados from my uncles house in California, and I hated them.
Maybe I should give them a try again :)
By the way...I'm doing a giveaway.. all beautiful Fall things. Come on over and check it out. Hope your weekend is a great one!

Anonymous said...

Just so readers know - when you compared calories and fat between avocados, it appears that it was comparing a FL avocado to a FL avocado.

If you compare oz by oz, the FL avocado is definitely lower in fat content.

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