Are Avocados Fattening?

Dear Sue:

I am wondering if the avocado is considered a fatty food.


Dear Laurie:
Compared with other vegetables, the avocado (a fruit) is extremely high in fat. About 80 percent of its calories come from fat. The good news is that most of that fat is the healthy, monounsaturated type, the same kind found in olive oil, with cholesterol-lowering properties.

You can easily fit avocado into a diet that derives 30 percent or less of its calories from fat. For example:

  • Have an avocado instead of a salad with dressing.
  • Put some avocado slices into your sandwich instead of mayo.

The fat calories in avocados not only come in the form of good fat, they also come with other nutrients. Avocados are a good source of vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B6 and E as well as folate, potassium and magnesium.

There are two varieties of avocados:

- the smaller, darker green variety from California

- the larger variety from Florida


The Florida avocado has about half the fat of the California, but it also has fewer nutrients ounce for ounce.

Eat them wisely and make the most of this rich and tasty food that is actually good for you.


Sue Gilbert, M.S., nutritionist

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