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Avocados Or Onions?

As a fruity political conversation brings the two centre stage, health-watchers hide a smile
Damayanti Datta | Dec 06, 2019

We have sung nursery rhymes about oranges and lemons. We have been told that it’s healthier to be a pear than an apple when it comes to body shape. We have compared apples to oranges, only to find that it’s not the smartest thing to do.

Fruity Idioms always add a touch of tang and spice to our conversations. But Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has taken it to a whole new level by bringing avocados and onions to the nation’s political discourse on December 5.

The elitist barb

Chidambaram was reacting to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s comments during a discussion on soaring onion prices in the Lok Sabha: ”The Finance Minister said yesterday that she doesn't eat onions. So what does she eat? Does she eat avocado?"

Chidambaram's “elitist” barb at Sitharaman, at a time the common man is finding it difficult to afford even the humble onion, has gone viral, adding some humour to cantankerous political posturing.

The pricey avocado

Breakfast or brunch, starter or dessert, topped with seasoning or paired with exotics—have a slice of avocado or two. It’s one of the world's trendiest foods in the new millennium and a staple of adventurous foodies. The ridiculously expensive (and also environmentally taxing) fruit has taken the world of Instagram by storm.

To those in the nutrition space, however, avocados are not that different from onions. Something wholesome binds them together. That’s because, both avocados and onions fall under the same category: “the world’s healthiest foods.”

Here’s what both avocados and onions have in common:

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