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How Many Calories Does An Avocado Have?

Nutritional Information For Avocados

October 29th, 2012

By , Clinial Nutrition Writer

Avocados are an interesting fruit, containing very little sugar but a lot of fat. Thankfully, the majority of the fat is in the form of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Avocados are also surprisingly rich sources of fiber, with one avocado providing around 13.5 grams of fiber, over 33% the amount recommended daily!

Overall, you can break an avocado down like this: It is 77% fat (71% of that fat is monounsaturated, 16% is saturated, and 13% is polyunsaturated, mostly omega-6), 18% carbohydrate (89% fiber, 9% sugar [mostly glucose], 2% starch), and 5% protein.

Avocados are high in certain nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, folate, and vitamin K. However, since they are so rich in calories, avocados are not very nutrient-dense compared to other fruits and vegetables.

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Avocados can get a bad rap for being high in calories, but the truth is that it's not the avocado which does most people in, but what else they have with it! For example, if you made guacamole using half an avocado, it would be around 200 calories (figuring in salsa), but if you ate that guacamole with chips is would cost you at least 300 calories unless you have very few chips (20 chips is around 300 calories). A better option is to eat your guacamole with jicama slices, which are very low in calories but still crunchy.

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