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How Much Avocado Is Too Much?

Avocados are great – on toast, in milkshakes, even in sushi, tacos, and more.

Elevated to superfood status, they’re packed with essential nutrients such as Vitamin C and Potassium. When we’re talking something as seemingly perfect as this, is there such a thing as overindulging?

 

Avocados are 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, 1 gram of fat yields 9 calories (as compared to, say, 4 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 pounds.

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.

 

By Pinky Chng, April 2016

 

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