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How Many Calories Are in an Avocado?

This Comparison Photo Shows Why Avocados May Be Causing You to Gain Weight

Avocados are an incredible source of healthy fats and fibre that you need in your diet to feel satiated. They are calorie-dense, though, so if you're not being mindful of how much avocado you're eating, you may be taking in hundreds of extra calories without even realising it.

This comparison photo from Sohee Lee, a sports nutritionist and fitness coach, shows how portion sizes of avocado can greatly differ. The smaller avocado on the left is 240 calories in total, while the larger fruit on the right is almost 130 calories more!

Aside from calories, for a 2,000-calorie diet, the daily intake of fat is capped at 65 grams. The avocado on the left is about one cup and offers one-third of your daily recommended fat intake.

This information isn't meant to scare you into avoiding avocados! Nor should it stop you from eating half an avocado on your morning toast and the other half on your lunchtime salad. Nutritionist Julie Upton says that eating an entire avocado a day is fine, as long as you adjust your daily diet to account for those extra calories and fat. You may also want to invest in a food scale so you can know exactly how much avocado you're adding to your burrito.

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