Avocados are no longer only found in our guacamole recipes; we’re using them in all sorts of foods, even desserts! These nutritional superfruits are a staple food item in the homes of millions worldwide. While healthy, avocados are also high in fat and calories. How many calories in an avocado and how is all that fat healthy?
Calories in an Avocado
The pear-shaped avocado fruit has leathery, tough green skin, but inside they are soft, light green, and have a large pit. Avocados vary in size, but most that you buy in the grocery store are medium-sized Hass avocados. There are about 160 calories in one half an avocado, which is a typical serving size.
77% of the fat in avocados comes from fat. You would think that a food high in fat couldn’t possibly be good for us, but the reality is that not all fats are created equal. Everyone’s favorite fruit contains mostly monounsaturated fats. The majority of the monounsaturated fat is oleic acid, the same fatty acid we find in olive oil. This type of fat is quite healthy and can help you lower LDL, or bad cholesterol. Oleic acid is linked to decreased inflammation and a lower risk of heart disease too.
The calories in an avocado are not only from healthy fats but the combination of fat and fiber also help you feel fuller, longer. Feeling fuller for longer means more time between meals and less unhealthy snacking.
Other Nutrition Facts
That’s not all that a serving of superfruit contains, here is some other essential nutrition information:
- 26% of your daily recommended Vitamin K.
- 10% of the recommended daily intake (or RDI) of Vitamin E.
- 17% of your daily intake of Vitamin C.
- 20% of the RDI of Folate.
- 14% of the RDI of Potassium.
Avocados also contain copper, magnesium, riboflavin, niacin, manganese, and antioxidants we need to thrive.
As if we needed another reason to eat delicious avocados, now you know that the calories in an avocado are healthy and worth putting in your meal, too!