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Avocado Nutrition Facts

Heart Healthy and Delicious


Updated February 19, 2010

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Heart Healthy Avocado

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Looking for help with your type 2 diabetes meal plan? Need help finding nutrition facts for avocados? If you're trying to add a little variety to your diet and need to keep your blood sugar levels down, look no further than an avocado.

Despite the avocado's reputation as a calorie-laden, high-fat vegetable, it has no cholesterol. The avocado is a source of healthy fats known as omega-3 fatty acids. It also will not spike your blood sugar, even though it does have carbohydrates. The glycemic index, which uses a scale from 1 to 100 (higher numbers indicate foods that raise blood sugar higher and faster than foods with lower numbers), rates the avocado with a glycemic index of less than 15. So it is a great addition to a diabetes meal plan.

The avocado is filled with vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins C and K, as well as folate. And don't forget the fiber. Avocados are a good source of that, too. It's a beneficial nutrition choice, whether sliced into a salad or mashed into guacamole. So go ahead. Add some delicious variety to your diabetes meal plan.

*Watch portion sizes if following a low-calorie diet.

Avocado Nutrition Facts

1 whole avocado: 322 calories, 29.5 grams of fat, 17.1 grams of carbs

1/4 of an avocado, sliced: 80 calories, 7.5 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of carbs

1 cup avocado, cubed: 240 calories, 22 grams of fat, 12.8 grams of carbs

Preparing an avocado can be a little tricky. For preparation information, see this article from the About.com Busy Cooks Guide...

Check out the nutrition facts for your favorite foods at CalorieCount.com.

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