Are Avocados Healthy or Not

Can you eat an entire avocado and not feel guilty? Let’s find out about the health benefits of this delicious fruit.

Can I eat an entire avocado and not feel guilty? Let's find out about the health benefits of my favorite fruit.

We’ve all heard that avocado is a nutritionally dense food. But it’s also high in fat and calories. So is it uber-healthy or uber-dangerous?

First the bad news. One avocado is about 320 calories and 29 grams of fat. Wowza. Maybe it’s not the best idea to down an entire avocado.

Stop right there. Just because avocado doesn’t have the low calorie count of a head of broccoli (205 calories, 2.2 grams fat), doesn’t mean it’s not good for you. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat and vitamin E, which protects your heart and lowers your blood pressure. It also containa oleic and linoeic acids to help lower cholesterol.

Avocado also has plenty of soluble fiber. That fiber combined with all that healthy fat, makes you feel fuller for longer which studies have found can lead to greater weight loss. So it has a lot of fat but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Avocados also contain potassium (it has more than a banana), folate and Vitamins K, C, B5, B6 and E. It also contains iron, copper, folate and carotenes.

What’s the bottom line? It’s delicious AND healthy. It’s definitely possible for avocado to be part of an uber-healthy diet. Don’t go crazy and have one with every meal. But 1/2 to 1 whole avocado a day might be just the thing your body needs.

Now, bring on that avocado toast!

Amy Bowen

Amy had no clue how to cook until she became the food reporter for a daily newspaper in Minnesota. At 25, she even struggled with boxed mac and cheese. These days, Amy is a much better cook, thanks to interviewing cooks and chefs for more than 10 years. She even makes four cheese macaroni and cheese with bacon, no boxed mac in sight. Amy is also on the editorial team at The Cookful.