What are the Calories in an Avocado? Find Out!

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Upon first glance, the calories in avocado can be a bit daunting, especially if you’re on a journey to losing weight; however, it’s actually considered one of the most nutrient dense alkaline foods items in the produce section of your store. What exactly does this mean? To put it simply, calorie for calorie, avocadoes have more nutritional value than most other fruits and vegetables with lower (more “diet friendly”) calorie counts. Here’s the breakdown, based on one serving of this delicious fruit (approximately 1/5 of a medium avocado):

Calories per serving: 50

Total fat: 4.5 grams (3 grams monounsaturated, .5 grams polyunsaturated, .5 grams saturated)

Total carbohydrates: 3 grams (2 of which come from fiber)

And what doesn’t it have? Cholesterol, sodium, trans fat, or sugar.

Outside of the relatively high calorie count, the fat in avocados can throw some people off. However, take a look at how that fat breaks down. With no trans-fat and only .5 grams of saturated fat, the vast majority of this nutrient (yes, fat is an essential nutrient) is of the healthy, monounsaturated variety. This can help to lower cholesterol, maintain healthy and youthful skin, hair, and nails, and help your body absorb the nutrients in other foods.

Of course, a food is not only comprised of calories, fats, and carbs and avocadoes prove that a lot of essential vitamins and minerals can fit inside a tiny serving of food. The avocado contains nearly all of the essential vitamins your body needs.

Per serving, it has the following Daily Value (%):

  • Vitamin K: 8%
  • Folate: 6%
  • Potassium: 4%
  • Vitamin E: 4%
  • Lutein: 81 mcg
  • Magnesium: 2%
  • Vitamin C: 4%
  • Vitamin B6: 4%
  • Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese: 2%

Delicious and nutritious, Avocados also contain essential nutrients that aren’t easily found in the produce aisle (iron, healthy fats, and vitamin B6). So eat up!