Our expert says:
Avocados are indeed nutritious, being a source of healthy monounsaturated fats which have a positive effect on heart health. This is why they have been awarded the Heart Mark. They also contain vitamin A and minerals. But because of their high fat content (15.3 g/100g of which about 63% is monounsaturated fat), they also have a relatively high energy content for a fruit, namely 674 kJ/100g. Compared to butter which has a total fat content of 81.8g/100g of which saturated fat comprises 58.4% and provides 3040 kJ/100g, avocado is a healthier option. Eating half an avocado per day (337 kJ or 4.0% of your daily energy requirement if you are not slimming), is not going to cause weight gain, but don't eat this high-energy fruit in larger quantities on a daily basis otherwise you may find that your weight increases. Moderation is the key.
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