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Calories in Avocados

Submitted by Nick on March 9, 2011

Avocados or Alligator Pear is a fruit rich in vitamins, minerals and monounsaturated fat. Avocados are largely grown in tropical and sub tropical parts of the world. The calories in avocados are mainly due to its fat, carbohydrate and protein content. Both fat and carbohydrates in avocados are good for health and the fiber content promotes digestion. The key health benefits associated with intake of avocados are increased metabolism and low cholesterol.

Avocados also make for a filling snack, but snacking on avocados alone is not the ideal way to lose weight. The calories in avocado range from 160kcal for 100 gms of avocados, 240kcal for a cup of cubed avocados and 368kcal for a cup of sliced avocados. It is also advisable to note that the number of avocado calories also depend on the size.

Calories in Small, Large Avocados

Apart from calories, the nutrition in avocados also holds immense value in developing a food plan. Avocados are known to contain three times more Vitamin B6 per gram. Vitamin B6 is an important element for the health and maintenance of blood cells, nervous system, teeth and gums.

Avocados also contain potassium. The potassium content helps reduce blood pressure ailments and also lowers risk of cardiovascular diseases. Potassium in avocados also contributes to healthy firm skin and provides natural protection from UV rays.

Avocados are also high in carotenoid lutein and related carotenoids.

Carotenoids are fat soluble and should be had with monounsaturated fats to increase the absorption of valuable vitamins. Avocados must be ideally had with other carotenoid vegetables and fruits to maximize the body’s ability to absorb carotenoids. Some ideal ways to include avocados in a meal are as addition to salads, sandwiches, soups and salsa. Avocados are also used in baby foods due to its nutritive value. Avocados are also an ideal fruit for women wanting to get pregnant or already pregnant due to its high folate content. Avocados are also known to slow the ageing process and protecting the eyes from degenerative ailments.

Avocados oils are healthy and refined cooking oils give the food a gentle aroma. Avocados fill the stomach faster reducing food intake, making it an ideal food choice for healthy dieters. Avocados are also devoid of cholesterol, sugar or sodium. Avocados have beneficial calories and must be included in a diet plan to enjoy the health benefits.

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