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Avocado, also known as the alligator pear, is the fruit of the avocado, a lauraceous tree. This fruit, commonly used as a vegetable, contains large amounts of provitamin A carotenoids, fiber, folacin, vitamin B-6, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, vitamin C, and pantothenic acid. It also provides significant amounts of thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, biotin, and iron.

Avocados are a high source of fat and food energy and should be avoided by persons on a Low Fat Diet (Pritikin), Low Fat Diet (Non Pritikin) or Weight Reduction Diet.

Available all year with peak season April through October.

Caloric Content

Calories: 324
Protein:3.99 gm
Carbohydrates:14.8 gm
Fiber:4.24 gm
Total fats:30.8 gm
Saturated fats: 4.9 gm
Unsaturated fats:23.0 gm
Cholesterol: 0 mg

1. 272 grams

Vitamin Content

Vitamin A:12305000 IU
Thiamine: .217 1.7 mg
Vitamin B-2: .245 1.7 mg
Vitamin B-6: .563 2.0 mg
Vitamin B-12: 0 6 mcg
Biotin: - 300 mcg
Niacin: 3.86 20 mg
Pantothenic Acid: 1.95 10 mg
Folic acid: 124 400 mcg
Vitamin C: 15.9 60 mg
Vitamin E: - 30 IU

1. 272 grams

Mineral Content

Calcium: 221000 mg
Copper: .527 2 mg
Iron: 2.05 18 mg
Magnesium: 79 400 mg
Manganese: .454 n/a mg
Phosphorus: 831000 mg
Potassium:1204 n/a mg
Selenium: - n/a mcg
Sodium: 21 n/a mg
Zinc: .84 15 mg

1. 272 grams

Amino Acid Content

Tryptophan:.042 gm
Threonine:.133 gm
Isoleucine:.143 gm
Leucine:.247 gm
Lysine:.189 gm
Methionine:.074 gm
Cysteine:.042 gm
Phenylalanine:.137 gm
Tyrosine:.098 gm
Valine:.195 gm
Arginine:.119 gm
Histidine:.058 gm
Alanine:.239 gm
Aspartic acid:.569 gm
Glutamic acid:.416 gm
Glycine:.167 gm
Proline:.155 gm
Serine:.163 gm

1. 272 grams


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