Calories in avocado
This fruit is unusual in that it has a large amount of fat, so the calorie content ends up being high.
A half cup serving (75 grams) is 120 calories according to the US CDC FruitsandVeggiesMatter.
The total fat is 11 grams in that serving size.
The fats are mostly monounsaturated, and the saturated portion is 1.5 gms
But there is no cholesterol in it.
Again, unlike other fruit, there are no sugars. The total carbohydrate is 6 grams, with 5 grams of fiber.
The potassium level is high, approximating 400 mgs.
It has small amounts of vitamins and minerals.
Many people simply cut the avocado in half, discard the large seed, and eat the green flesh inside with a spoon, plain or drizzled with a salad dressing.
A favorite recipe is for guacamole with its many variations.
It is also added to Mexican foods like tacos and taco salads.
This fruit will oxidize and turn brown rapidly after cutting. You can prevent this discoloration with the addition of lemon or lime juice and by wrapping it tightly.
Varieties of avocados
While the flavor is generally the same, this fruit generally comes with black skin or bright green skin.
Also called alligator pear, commonly available varieties include Fuerte, Haas, Gwen, Pinkerton, Reed, and Zutano.
Mexico is the largest producer worldwide.
Archaeological evidence shows its use in Central and South America for thousands of years.
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