An Avocado is known to have a lot of calories however it is said that it is not harmful; in fact it offers a lot of health benefits. Avocados act as a great source of healthy fats that are essential for the body. Like any other food, the calorie content in Avocado also depends upon the quantity consumed. It also varies as per the kind of Avocado consumed for instance an average sized Black Skin Avocado contains 278.5 Calories where as a similar sized Green Skin Avocado has 489.4 calories.
A half Avocado contains around 153 calories, a medium sized Avocado has around 306 calories and a large sized Avocado has 322 calories and 99 percent of these calories come from fats. Out of which around 20% of the fat calories are obtained from polyunsaturated fats and 63% of these are obtained from monounsaturated fats. Both these are considered to be good fats and are required by the body to control bad cholesterol level to keep the heart healthy. Out of a total of 4.3 grams of Fat in one oz of Avocado, 0.69 grams are Saturated fat, 0.55 grams are polyunsaturated fat and 2.7 grams are monounsaturated fat.
The content of potassium in one oz of Avocado is 169.8 mg, sodium content is 2.8 mg, Carbohydrates are 2.1 gram, dietary fiber 1.4 gram and protein content is 0.56 gram.
Avocados are also a good source of Vitamins and Minerals. Around 3% of Avocado contains Vitamin A, 4% contains Vitamin C, 4% has Vitamin B6 and 1% has Vitamin E. As far as other macronutrients are concerned, 2% of Avocado contains Thiamin, 3% has Niacin, 1% has Phosphorus, 4% has Copper, 3% constitutes of Magnesium, 2% contains Riboflavin and 1% contains Zinc. With so many health nutrients, Avocado is considered as a good source of energy.