You probably think that avocados are good for you. Right? I thought so. Well, they are a fruit, and fruits and vegetables are good for you. But what about avocado calories? Are they going to make you fat?
A Different Fruit
Avocados are different from most other fruits. The calories in most fruits come from fructose, a form of sugar. This is true of berries, bananas, apples, etc. But avocado calories come almost entirely from fat.
What you’ve probably heard is that avocados are a good source of the healthy fats. Omega-three fatty acids, the same kind found in salmon and other fish, flax seeds, and walnuts. Omega-three fatty acids are important because almost everyone in today’s world eats way too many omega-six fatty acids, and not nearly enough omega-threes. This has a pro-inflammatory effect, and is thought to contribute to many diseases and conditions.
A medium avocado will have about 250-300 calories. Given a 2,000 calorie diet, that makes an avocado a great snack, or part of a meal. (I love to add avocado to sandwiches and salads.) As I said, most of those calories come from fat, although there is also a little protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. Avocados have no sodium and have a whole bunch of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, riboflavin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, magnesium, copper, vitamin C, iron, thiamine, niacin, folate, phosphorous, zinc, and manganese. Phew! That’s a mouthful!
The point I want to make here is that you shouldn’t let the fat content scare you away from avocados. There’s a lot of anti-fat propaganda in today’s world. Government agencies recommend lowering our fat intake, and particularly our saturated fat intake, because it’s bad for your heart. Well, that may be true…or it may not. There’s a lot of new evidence that a high-fat diet might be really good for you, assuming you eat the right kind of fats (healthy, natural fat, like the fat from beef, eggs, butter, coconut oil—which can actually help you lose weight—and of course, avocados). A discussion of the entire lipid hypothesis is beyond the scope of this article, but I’d recommend you check it out. Do a little research, and make up your own mind. Don’t blindly follow the guidelines just because they told you to. Your health is your responsibility, and nobody else’s.
But Listen to Your Doctor
(However, try to strike a healthy balance of thinking for yourself while also listening to the advice of well-meaning medical professionals. Always talk to you doctor about this stuff, because they have the training and they’re familiar with your health.)