Diabetes Nutrition Facts for Avocado

Avocados Are Heart Healthy and Delicious

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Looking for the diabetes nutrition facts for avocados? Here they are.

If you want to add variety to your type 2 diabetes meal plan without losing a grip on good blood glucose management, the avocado might be just the ticket.

Despite the avocado's reputation as a calorie-laden, high-fat vegetable, it has no cholesterol. The avocado is a source of healthy fats known as omega-3 fatty acids.

A Low-Glycemic, Zero-Cholesterol Food

The avocado will not spike your blood sugar, even though it does have carbohydrates.

The glycemic index, which uses a scale from 1 to 100 (higher numbers indicate foods that raise blood sugar higher and faster than foods with lower numbers), rates the avocado with a glycemic index of less than 15. So it is a great addition to a diabetes meal plan.

Avocados are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins C, K, E, and B6, as well as folate, potassium, lutein, and magnesium. And don't forget the fiber. Avocados are a good source for that, too.

It's a beneficial nutrition choice, whether sliced into a salad or mashed into guacamole. So go ahead. Add some delicious variety to your diabetes meal plan. Check out the nutrition facts for your favorite foods at CalorieCount.com.

*Watch portion sizes if following a low-calorie diet.

Avocado Nutrition Facts

1 whole avocado: 322 calories, 29.5 grams of fat, 17.1 grams of carbs

1/4 of an avocado, sliced: 80 calories, 7.5 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of carbs

1 cup avocado, cubed: 240 calories, 22 grams of fat, 12.8 grams of carbs

Preparing an avocado can be a little tricky. For preparation information, see this how-to peel and slice avocados.

A Closer Look at the Health Benefits of Avocados

Since elevated cholesterol levels are often associated with type 2 diabetes, avocados are the perfect food.

They are free of trans fats, cholesterol and sodium and high in cholesterol-lowering monounsaturated fats.

A 2-tablespoon serving of avocado is roughly one-sixth of a medium-sized avocado. Each serving provides 5 grams of fat, 55 calories, and negligible carbohydrates.

Whereas 1 teaspoon of butter packs around the same amount of calories -- but all in saturated fats, so avocado is a good substitute for spreads on breads and sandwiches.

Read more about ripening and storing avocados here.

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