Avocados - Are they high in fat?
Avocados are extremely popular at the moment, especially when it comes to breakfast or a mid afternoon snack. I get asked a lot of questions about avocados, their fat value and whether they are good for us, so lets look into this a little more...
Avocados are actually classed as a fruit, not a vegetable and they are unusual in the fact they are high in fat, which in turn means they are higher in calories when compared to other fruits and vegetables. Roughly half an avocado is about 150 kcal whereas oranges and broccoli (of the same weight) come in at around 20kcal. However, this doesn't mean you shouldn't eat them, compared to other high fat foods avos are actual the healthy option, despite the creamy taste and texture... but how so? Let's see.
The type of fat in an avocado is mainly unsaturated, more specifically mono-unsaturated, which, when eaten in place of high-saturated-fat foods, can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Olive and rapeseed oil are other well-known sources of mono-unsaturated fats.
So there we have it, avos come with lots of health benefits such as vitamins and minerals but they are higher in calories than other fruits and vegetables so just make sure you bear this in mind when looking to lose weight and balancing your meals.
Try mashed avo on wholemeal toast with some sliced tomato and a few fresh basil leaves, black pepper, lemon juice and a pinch of chili powder :)
As always if you need any help or advice with food and nutrition please get in touch!