Avocados are high in nutritional value, but is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? Pinky Chng finds out
Elevated to superfood status, avocados packed with essential nutrients such as vitamin C and potassium. (In fact, it is one of foods featured in 10 Filling Foods That Help You Lose Weight.)
Avocados are great – on toast, in milkshakes, even in sushi, tacos and more. (For a great avocado wrap recipe, read Why Avocados Are Good for You.)
Avocados are also rich in fat. “Good fat”, say avocado advocates (although men around the world with hard-to-appease wives may beg to differ that there’s such a thing as “the good kind of fat”).
Yes – they’re healthy, monosaturated fat. An avocado, on average, contains 22 grams of dietary fat and more than 300 calories. Putting things into perspective, that’s a third of the recommended intake of 65 grams of fat in a typical 2,000 calorie-per-day diet.
Of course, the idea that eating fat doesn’t make you fat is all the rage right now. But calorically speaking, one gram of fat yields nine calories (as compared to, say, four calories in each gram of protein), and given that we’ve only got a certain amount of calories to use up each day, the fat in avocados can eventually accumulate and make you pack on the kilos.
So the next time you’re on to your second bowl of guacamole dip in a day, perhaps you might want to go easy on the avocados.
A version of this story first appeared in the April 2016 print edition of The Finder.