The avocado (Persea americana) is a tree native to Mexico and Central America. It is colloquially known as the Alligator Pear, reflecting its shape and the leather-like appearance of its skin. The two most widely marketed avocado varieties are the rough-skinned, almost Black Hass and the smooth, thin-skinned green Fuerte. The Hass has a smaller pit and a more buttery texture than the Fuerte.
Interesting Facts about Avocado
- Absorption of two antioxidants lycopene and beta-carotene increases significantly when fresh avocado (or avocado oil) is added to an otherwise avocado-free salad.
- The greatest concentration of carotenoids in avocado occurs in the dark green flesh that lies just beneath the skin.
- It is relatively low-carb food, with about 19% of its calories coming from carbs. It’s also a low-sugar food, containing less than 2 grams of total sugar per cup, and falls very low on the glycemic index.
- Avocados are sodium and cholesterol-free and have only five grams of fat per serving, most of it the monounsaturated kind
- There are two grams of fiber in one serving, which is one-fifth of a medium avocado. It contains both insoluble and soluble fiber.
Calories in Avocado
There are 234 calories in 1 cup, sliced (5.1 oz) of Avocados, average all varieties, raw. You’d need to walk 65 minutes to burn 234 calories. Avocado(1/2 ) 75 grams has got about 75 Calories.
Serving Size 1 Medium (145 g), Calories 232, Calories from Fat 188
|Total Fat||20.9 g||32%|
|Saturated Fat||3.1 g||15%|
|Polyunsaturated Fat||2.7 g||–|
|Monounsaturated Fat||13.9 g||–|