Calories in avocado

Calories in avocado should be considered but what a wonderful fruit. I strongly recommend you eat them regularly.

So, you've heard of the avocado benefits  but you're concerned about the calories, and rightly so, because they are full of very healthy, but fattening avocado fat ...

But, you like avocados, you've heard they are healthy, but still you are worried about the calories in an avocado. What are the facts?

  • Your body MUST HAVE fat in the diet every day.
  • Avocado health benefits include the two "essential fatty acids" without which, you cannot live.
  • Seed oils like sunflower are solvent-extracted which is not healthy.
  • Avocados are rich in the mono-unsaturated fats (nearly three quarters of the fat) which are supremely healthy.
  • Avocados have ZERO cholesterol.
  • Avos are rich in phytosterols, vital for prostate gland health.



Ironically, most of us are overweight, not because of too much fat in the diet, but too many carbs. It's the sugar, cookies, colas, delicious soft bread rolls, potato, white rice, and puddings that the body turns very quickly into fat, when the blood sugar gets too high.





But, yes, the calories in avocado will also add to your weight burden if you're obese.

The difference is there are no essential carbohydrates like there are in oils; substances that you can't live without. We should all eat less starches and more of the healthy fats, because without the latter we would die; literally.

You note, I hope, that I didn't say more fats.

I said more of the healthy fats, and the enormous avocado health benefits include this absolutely essential food group.

Supermarkets are full of the unhealthy oils, and especially the trans fats in margarine for example.

The calories in avocado contain zero hydrogenated fat.


 (actually kilocalories)


Calories in avocado

Calories in avocado are high but the fat is of the highest and healthiest calibre.

So here's the deal. An average Hass avocado might weigh 8oz (about 200g). We are going to use ballpark figures because the weight of an avocado varies enormously, as does the percentage of fat in different varieties.





Once you've removed the pip and skin, half an avocado might weigh 3.5oz (85g).

Of that about 15% is avocado fat (the amount varies according to the variety).

So your half avo contains about 0.6oz (17g) fat which has between 150-200 cal. Slightly more than a can of Cola or orange juice 142 kcal/330ml, a donut or bread roll (140kcal) and the same as a pint of beer (180 cal).

Of course, I'm sure you understand, there's a vast difference between the calories in half an avocado and those in a can of cola. The former is very healthy, the latter shockingly disgusting.


Avocado calories



The dark purple avo is a Hass, the world's most popular avocado. If you have your own tree, don't pick them until they turn dark. This is the first from our tree this season.




The Fuerte avocado, the green one is nearing the end of its season; I enjoy at least a half every day when they are in season.

Jup, 200 avocado calories, and I don't have a weight problem.

How's that? Because this is how I enjoy my calories in avocado. Notice the low carbohydrate count, although I might often have another full slice of bread with fresh raw honey from our own apiary. HOW TO START BEEKEEPING ...


Avocado filled with hummus

Calories avocado don't need to frighten you if you are enjoying a lunch like this. Half an avo filled with quick hummus is one of my favourites. I make it twice a week, it takes me just four minutes!

Know what hummus is? A delic mixture of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), sesame paste, how to make tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and parsley benefits.

Aside:

Parsley is not first and foremost a garnish. In many instances it's probably the healthiest food on your plate, certainly if you're at a fast food restaurant.  Consider these parsley benefits especially if you bruise easily, or have a heart condition. 



Avocado in salads

One of the great phyto compounds in salads are called carotenoids; there are plenty of them, beta carotene being one of the better known. They are fat soluble.

Here's the interesting part; research in the Journal of Nutrition found that adding avocado to a salad increased the absorption of those carotenoids a massive four times.

  • Half an avocado, filled with homemade hummus
  • Sugarsnap peas
  • Cabbage and carrot salad with olive oil and lime juice dressing
  • Half an egg
  • Low GI bread and butter


Avocado fat

Three equivalent diets, with and without avocados were evaluated.

2015 research, reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found that the addition of one whole avocado per day to one of three diets all designed to lower cholesterol, lowered the so called bad cholesterol, LDL, and the total cholesterol quite significantly. Google it if you want the details. In fact, by nearly double the protection of the other two diets.

The addition thus of a fat rich avo actually gives heart protection, and the oleic acid is particularly good for the vital covering of your nerves.

What's interesting in this study though, is that it wasn't the oleic acid that lowered the LDL and total cholesterol, but some unknown factor in the whole food. The other diets had similar amounts of the healthy oleic acid added by using olive oil.

And it all happened in five weeks.

Perhaps that's why my cholesterol is "dangerously low". I'm kidding of course, there's no such thing, but by eating avocados for nine months of the year one is able to enjoy your food without having to fuss about the butter, or the cream, or the fat on your meat.


Growing Avocado Trees

Can you imagine the sheer pleasure of picking a basket of avocados like the one at the top, twice a week? 22 avos in that basket! You do need a biggish garden, here is our Hass tucked away behind the garage. As you can see it's not a big tree, 30 years old, and yields 500 avos every other year, and 100 in the inbetween year. Growing Avocado Trees ...


Body mass index

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a useful tool for deciding if you have a weight problem, too light or too heavy. Whilst a very healthy food the calories in avocado do need to be considered in the overall context of your diet.



A healthy BMI is around 25. I'm at 26 and am not concerned. Above 30 you are certainly obese and can expect a host of health problems, from diabetes and heart disease to arthritic knees, hips and ankles.

Above 35...? Make sure your insurance policies are intact. There's misery coming for your family!

Another aside: My next book is going to be called 'Caring for the Temple.' We Christians have a consuming interest in the sexual sins and, whilst not diminishing the seriousness of promiscuity and adultery, we conveniently forget the sin of gluttony; one of the aptly named seven deadly sins. Used since early Christian times, Believers were warned that the sins of wrath, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony lead to death. Not just spiritual death, but literal premature physical death.

If we Christians really believed that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, perhaps we would and should take better care of ourselves.

Meantime, this theme runs throughout my other books. Read them?


Prostate gland health

Red grapes, wine and mulberries too

I suspect you're reading this page because you are concerned about your weight and the calories in avocado. One small thing to improve your prostate gland health is to make sure there are also red grapes, mulberries, raspberries or cranberries on your healthy breakfast menu ...

You've long known that a glass of red wine is healthful, right? One, that is, not a bottle! And not for breakfast! A substance called resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant, has been shown to have properties that help in the reduction of chronic inflammation and cancer prevention. Read more about the health benefits of resveratrol in mulberries, one of which is weight loss, and another prostate gland health.

Even if madam does not have a prostate, it's a vital consideration if she is the chef. Ignore this little gland and it'll ruin your sex life and seriously shorten hubby's life; it's the most common terminal cancer in men. Prostate gland health is often a silent problem until it rears its ugly head and then it's often too late. Assume the man in your life will get it unless you ring in some of these simple changes in his diet; what could be simpler than a tomato a day, and regular helpings of grapes, berries and avocado?


Satiety of avos

Interesting research shows that avocados, because they are so nutrient dense, give one a sense of satiety and their inclusion in a meal makes folk less likely to snack for the next four hours. That's why they are definitely included in our modified Banting diet, and oddly were the one fruit totally banned from many former diets.


The green journey

This green journey, a fascination with the better health and the preservation of the planet for our children's children is really something of a spiritual journey - a voyage of discovery within.

Have you yet stepped on the green journey tram? You won't be disappointed, and ultimately you'll be miserable if you don't. But timing is everything... not too soon, not too late either less you miss the tram altogether.


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