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Are Avocados Fattening?

Avocado Board-funded studies suggest avocados may facilitate weight loss, but compared to what?

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Note this in contrast to studies on nuts, another healthy whole food source of fat, where adding nuts to one’s diet actually doesn’t lead to the expected weight gain. See Nuts & Obesity: The Weight of Evidence (

This is part of my latest slew of avocado videos. Make sure to check the rest out:

• The Effects of Avocados and Red Wine on Meal-Induced Inflammation (
• Are Avocados Healthy? (
• Are Avocados Good for Your Cholesterol? (
• Avocados Lower Small Dense LDL Cholesterol (

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28 thoughts on “Are Avocados Fattening?

  1. Can you go overboard with good fats? How much avocado/nuts can you safely consume each day? Is a half cup of walnuts, a handful of pecans, and a whole avocado too much?

  2. So I guess basically avocados are as just as fattening as oil and margarine and mayonnaise, so if you are trying to lose weight , stay away from them and substitute those avocado calories with a plant food that is not 75% fat. Did I understand the video about right?

  3. This is all very interesting, but it doesn't say much about the effect of avocados on people who eat a high carb low fat diet.

    If you add avocado it will increase the calories. If you replace some carbs with avocado,….. you'll eat more fat.

    On a high carb diet, these fats will just go to fat stores and you'll feel more hungry because you ate less carbs.

    Anyone have experience with either adding avocado or replacing some carbs with avocado?

  4. I had learned how carbohydrates were tied into weight gain as well as generally to keep away from carbs, on the contrary had under no circumstances considered using them to lose excess weight. The number one idea behind the four cycle weight-loss strategy would be to train your body to reduce fat for fuel in comparison to carbohydrates. It’s built around scientific inquiry into the higher than average carb diet habits of the Japanese not to mention their excellent long lifespan expectancy. The evidence indicate that it’s their higher carb-cycling day-to-day diet strategy which helps to go on remaining healthier into old age with a reasonable body mass index (lesser incidence of overweight).Read even more here

  5. I like avocados. I am a bit suspicious though because I've seen information from bad to excellent.  The toxic leaves tea is a red flag.  The fact that avocado kills cancer cells with wild abandon is good.  The fact they kill all cells gives me pause.

  6. Can you just answer the question please? Come on man, where is the conclusion? We are not scientists or doctors to make up our own conclusions, just give us the answers.

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