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06-16-2009, 02:02 AM
I recently discovered how much I love avacados. I don't know much about them though. How much is too much? I always want at least half of a small or medium one a day. So does anyone know if that's the kind if vegetable you should limit to a diet?

06-16-2009, 02:10 AM
I love them too! I eat mainly lower carb food so if I crave an avodaco and sneak half of one into my day it doesnt seem to do me any damage.

If you are calorie counting you may need to factor it in your day.

06-16-2009, 02:15 AM
If it fits into the plan you are doing, go for it.

Avocados do contain a lot of fat (for a fruit), but it's all good healthy fat. That said, fat has more calories than carbs and protein do, so don't go too crazy.

Avocados also contain a good amount of potassium and calcium, which most people don't get enough of.

1/2 of a medium avocado looks like this nutritionally:

Calories 144

Total Fat 13.3g
Sat. Fat 1.8g
Sodium 7mg
Total Carbs. 7.4g
Dietary Fiber 5.9g
Sugars 0.3g
Protein 1.7g
Calcium 11.2mg
Potassium 438.6mg

This is for a California avocado (Haas) off of the calorie king website.

06-16-2009, 02:20 AM
oh it's a fruit, lol, I used to never think I would like them so I thought it was a veggie. lol. Well I could definetley put an avocado into my meal plans.

06-16-2009, 02:20 AM
A six ounce avocado has about 300 calories, so it's one of the most caloricly dense fruits/vegetables, so it's definitely possible to overeat them to the point it could stall weight loss, but there's no magic answer as to how much is too much.

I use an exchange system, and just count avocado as my healthy fat servings.

06-16-2009, 10:02 AM
For lunch I usually bring a big tupperware full of lettuce with 6 oz chopped turkey, shredded carrots, and lite dressing. Do you think it would be unwise to replace the 6 oz of turkey with 3 oz or so of avocado? Or better to perhaps use 3 oz of turkey and 3 oz of avocado and just count the extra calories? I'm thinking protein swapping here... Can I use avocado as a protein?

I also love avocado!

06-16-2009, 10:13 AM
Turkey and avocado are not similar exchange-wise...turkey is a protein food; avocado is a fatty fruit. Use the avocado in place of an oil-laden salad dressing, and keep your turkey, especially if it's lean turkey breast.

06-16-2009, 10:20 AM
And avocados are full of fiber! I'd check the cals based on 1/2 cup, 1/4 cup etc. since "half a medium" is open to wide interpretation.

I count calories so avocados fit easily into my days. I eat about 4 small organic ones from trader joe's per week. I use them on toast instead of butter in the mornings, and then to dip carrot sticks into at lunch.

06-16-2009, 12:25 PM
Avocado is not counted as a fruit or a vegetable. It is counted as a fat. I love them.

06-17-2009, 08:49 PM
Yes I use them instead of olive oil when I am using them in a salad, and then just squeeze some lime juice over . . . yummmo!

Hello Nurse
06-17-2009, 09:46 PM
I think 1/2 a medium per day sounds very sensible. It is a fat, but a healthy one! Just ease back on oils and use lean meats and you should be just fine. I eat at least a couple per week and they cost me some points (I'm on ww), but they are soooo worth it!

chicky viv
06-18-2009, 12:48 AM
Yes, avocados are so good for you. 1/2 of an avocado per day is perfect amount so don't feel guilty eating them.