Calories in an Avocado

What happens to your diet when you eat a tablespoon of avocado?

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Some diet experts call the avocado a super food. This flavorful fruit provides health benefits when you add it to your favorite dishes. But when you look at the calories in avocados per tablespoon you might become concerned if you're trying to lose weight.

Calories in Avocado Per Tablespoon

According to the USDA Nutrient Database, there are 322 calories in an avocado. A standard sized avocado (201 grams) also contains about 30 grams of fat.

But you probably wouldn’t eat an entire avocado in a single sitting. So it's more helpful to look at avocado calories per tablespoon to see how your avocado calories add up.

If you spread a thin layer of avocado on your diet-friendly sandwich or add a small amount to your healthy taco, you are probably consuming roughly 30 grams or 2 tablespoons of fruit. There are 25 calories per tablespoon of avocado so you'd be adding roughly 50 calories to your meal. That doesn't seem so bad, does it? It's not, as long as that's all the avocado you add. The problem is that most of us add more.

Adding your avocado calories per tablespoon can get tricky, because how often do you use a tablespoon to measure the fruit? Most of us just slice a wedge or divide the avocado into quarters to get the portion we want. If you eat one-fifth of an avocado - that's a little less than a quarter of the fruit - you'll be consuming roughly 2 tablespoons of avocado or 50 calories.

Healthy Avocado Tips for Dieters

So now that you have more information about avocado calories, are you going to ditch them from your diet? If you love them, then don't. You can keep this creamy food in your diet, but you need to be careful about how much you eat.

Avocados are a good source of poly and monounsaturated fat.

These are healthy fats. The Hass Avocado Board recommends using avocados instead of other spreads or toppings that provide less healthy fats, like saturated fats or trans fat. As long as you keep your avocado calories in control and eat just a tablespoon of avocado (or even slightly more) you'll be doing your diet a favor.

If you eat your avocado just a tablespoon at a time, and you hate to waste food, use smart storage tips to keep your avocados fresh. Many cooks add lime or lemon juice to their fruit so that they can eat ja small amount and save the rest for later. You can also freeze avocados to keep them for a longer period of time.

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