09/03/2014 01:38 EDT | Updated 09/03/2014 01:59 EDT

Avocado Nutrition: How Many Calories Am I Eating?


The guac to your chips, the spread to your toast and the edible bowl to your fried egg — avocados are wonderful, however you decide to eat them.

Yes, they are a fatty species of fruit, but when eaten in moderation, they can offer plenty of health benefits. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 100 grams of avocado has 160 calories, seven grams of fibre and 16 per cent of your daily vitamin C intake (if you're on a 2,000 calorie diet).

Besides tasting great sliced, mashed or even fried, they're also good for heart health and people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (well, maybe not if you fry them). Nicknamed the "alligator pear" (seriously, look at it), an avocado's monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help improves blood cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.

And to top if all off, it's delicious. Check out some of our favourite avocado recipes below and eat up!

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