Updated 09.03.2017 16:35
Avocado is a popular fruit amongst nutritionists. You can find it in many diets and vegetarian dishes. However, is it actually that low caloric? Let us find out!
Calories in One Avocado
Avocado is a fruit of an evergreen tree of the laurel family. It is undoubtedly one of the most unusual fruits, as it has a dense, oily and fatty flesh. The taste is often considered as ‘herbal’. Avocado fruits can have different shapes – oval or pear. Some avocados are glossy, and others are slightly rough.
Avocado is one of the most nutritious foods. Caloric content for most avocado sorts is 160 kcal per 100 g.
This makes it one of the best products for diets. Due to the combination of high caloric content and rich nutritional value, avocado is an indispensable product for athletes, as it allows to build muscles and to gain calories at the same time. It is specifically appreciated by vegetarians and vegans involved in sports.
As it does not have a significant taste, you can add it to many dishes. Avocado fruit is equally well combined with almost all food, but especially with vegetables, any lettuce, nuts and beans. A sandwich of toasted bread with smashed or sliced avocado, spinach leaves and cashew nuts supplemented with a glass of freshly squeezed fruity juice is an excellent example of a healthy breakfast. It is not only delicious, but also nutritious enough giving you a good portion of enegy for the next several hours. To be sure of its usefulness, look at its unique nutrition content.
We now know the caloric value of 100g of avocado. However, they come in different sizes. What are these? Let us learn.
Calories in a Small Avocado
Small avocado is considered less than 150 grams. Let us take the number of 130 to make a calculation for an average small fruit. Such size of avocado is worth 208 calories.
The amount we have mentioned may seem rather big. However, you will usually take a single avocado for a whole salad. Even for a nice dish of famous guacamole sauce, you will need no more than two fruits. This means small avocados are not significantly calorized and will not deal any harm to your diet.
Calorie Content in a Medium Avocado
An average avocado of a medium size weighs 180 grams. This leads us to the amount of 290 calories. To compare, a large banana is worth no more than 150 calories. So, we can say, that they are rather caloric, but these calories are represented by the content of useful fats, which are necessary for your body.
Calories in a Large Avocado
The weight of a large avocado is, on average, 220 grams. It is convenient to use such big fruits for salads, as they are easily peeled. Nevertheless, you need to be careful when buying, as a large avocado might be overripe.
The caloric value of a single large avocado is 352 calories. That is an enormous amount for a fruit. It is actually an equivalent to a portion of chocolate pancakes. Even considering all the usefulness of vegetable fats that are most calories of avocado, you need to be careful adding them to your ration.
Calorie Content of Hass Avocado vs. Green One
Hass avocado is another popular sort, which differs from a regular one by its nutrition composition. Therefore, its calories content is also different. It contains 250 calories per 100 grams.
That is 1.5 times bigger amount than for a green avocado!
Hass sort is known for its black scabrous peel and a big content of vitamins and minerals.
The only significant difference for hass avocado is more nutrients, meaning more calories. On the other hand, you can add less of this fruit to your salad than you would do for a green one.
Calories per Green and Hass Avocado (Large, Small)
|Name of a product||Calories in 100 g||Calories in 1 oz.||Calories in 1 avocado||Percent of daily intake for women (2000 Cal)*|
|Small green avocado||160||560||208||10,4%|
|Medium green avocado||290||14,5%|
|Large green avocado||352||17,6%|
|Small hass avocado||250||875||325||16,3%|
|Medium hass avocado||450||22,5%|
|Large hass avocado||550||27,5%|
*Percentage calculated for 1 avocado.
Avocado is one of the most calorized fruits. It does not have a significant taste, but its nutrition is filled with vitamins and minerals. Avocado is widely used in diets due to its benefits for health. Moreover, it is a nice replacement of some food for vegetarians. Add a reasonable amount of avocados to your ration to get all the usefulness of the fruit.