Protein in Avocados

How much protein is in a Hass Avocado?

Why Protein?

According to the USDA MyPlate program and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, protein provides 4 calories per gram. In addition to calories, protein provides amino acids that assist in building and preserving body muscle and tissues. Protein is found in a wide variety of animal and plant foods. For protein, plant-based sources and/or animal-based sources can be incorporated into a healthy eating pattern. However, some protein products, particularly some animal-based sources, are high in saturated fat, so non-fat, low-fat, or lean choices should be selected.


Avocados and Protein

A 1-oz. serving of Hass Avocado contains 1 gram of protein, and a whole 5-oz. Hass Avocado (5 servings) contains 3 grams of protein. Though Hass Avocados do not contain a significant amount of protein, they can be a creamy and delicious addition to a variety of meal plans and menus. They are used in a variety of different eating plans including a vegetarian diet as a way to add nutrients and substitute for animal products. In addition, because they contain 3.5 grams of unsaturated  or good fat per 1-oz. serving when eaten in moderation they can be a great substitute for foods that are high in saturated fats. Other varieties of avocado, however, can vary in the amount of protein they contain.

 

To determine how much protein you should be eating, visit the Protein Foods Gallery at ChooseMyPlate.gov