What is the nutritional value of an avocado? Making homemade guacamole and need to know how much fat you'll be consuming? Wondering about how many calories are in an avocado? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the fat and calories in an avocado, including a full nutritional profile.
First, How Big Is "One Serving" of Avocado?
The nutritional information provided here is for one medium sized avocado, about the size of your fist or a little larger.
Avocados can vary greatly in their size and depending on what type of avocado it is, so bear in mind that a smaller avocado will have slightly less fat and calories, and a larger avocado may have more. Also consider that the size of the avocado pit may vary, leaving more or less actual avocado flesh inside.
Need something a little more certain? Get a food scale and weigh your avocado. The nutritional information below is for an avocado weighing 150 grams.
See also: How to ripen avocados quickly
How Many Calories Are in One Avocado?
According to the USDA's nutritional database, one medium avocado (about 150 grams) has a total of 240 calories. Remember, the amount of fat and calories in your avocado will vary depending on how big it is.
How Much Fat Is in One Avocado?
One medium avocado has 22 grams of fat (again, for an avocado which weighs about 150 grams). That's about 34% of the recommended allowance, based on an average 2000 calorie diet.
Your own nutritional needs will, of course, vary, depending on your age, weight, and activity level. The good news is that avocados provide much less saturated fat, at just about 3 grams. That's just 16% of the recommended daily allowance of saturated fat.
The Rest of the Nutritional Breakdown
Here's a complete nutritional profile for avocados.
One medium avocado provides:
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Sodium: 11 mg
- Total carbohydrates: 13 grams (4%)
- Dietary fiber: 10 grams (40%)
More Avocado Help
Here's everything you need to know about avocados:
There are plenty of people in this world who absolutely love avocados! If you're one of them, you probably already know that there are many ways you can use avocados, from a simple toast topper to a smoothie boost to a filling salad addition or even as a filler for vegetarian sushi. Or, check out these eleven different ways to make homemade guacamole.
Here are a few more unusual and creative ways you've probably never tried to prepare avocados:
- Avocado mozzarella insalata caprese
- Macaroni and cheese with avocados
- Vegan avocado fudge recipe (Yes, really. Why not?)
- Avocado lime ice cream
- Avocado mango smoothie
- Black bean and corn salad with avocados
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