Is Avocado the Perfect Food?

Avocado is one of my favorite foods, so when I heard claims that it was “the perfect food,” I wondered what that meant and whether it was really true. Is avocado the perfect food? Let’s see what we can see!

What is a perfect food?

Before we decide whether avocado is a perfect food, we need to define what that means.

I wasn’t able to find a formal definition of “perfect food.” Perfect is a pretty lofty claim, though. I can only assume that a perfect food is one that could sustain you on its own if no other food were available. Living on avocado all day would need to fulfill your needs for macro- and micronutrients and provide you with enough calories.

Avocado Nutrition

To determine whether or not avocado is the perfect food, we’ll assume that you’re eating avocado all day every day. That sounds like a delicious day to me! Let’s see if it meets all of the requirements for a 2000 calorie diet.

To hit 2000 calories, you’d need to eat about nine Haas avocados each day. Here’s a graphic showing how that would break down, nutritionally (based on this breakdown for one Haas avocado):

Is avocado the perfect food? (Nutrition Breakdown)

The amount of protein was a little bit tricky to calculate, since there is no RDA for protein. Since avocado is a plant-based food, I used the recommendation from the Vegetarian Resource Group. They suggest that vegans should get 10 percent of our calories from protein. That’s 200 calories from protein. Since protein contains four calories per gram, that’s 50 grams of protein per day.

Based on the breakdown above, it looks like you could live for a while on avocado, but it falls short on some important nutrients:

So…Is avocado the perfect food? No. But it’s still a super healthy one.

The list above only highlights the areas where avocados fall short of delivering 100 percent of your body’s needs, though. Avocados shine when it comes to nutrients like dietary fiber and vitamins C, E, and K. While you probably couldn’t live for long solely on avocados, they’re still a healthy superfood with tons of nutritional benefits. So eat your avocados! But maybe eat other things, too. Pass the tortilla chips!

133 comments

Kelly S
Past Member 10 months ago

I eat lots

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natasha p
Past Member 11 months ago

cool

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Tommy C
Tommy C.about a year ago

" Our bodies need carbohydrates to function properly"

This is not true. The body requires ZERO carbohydrates. The body can survive on fat quite nicely. Zero carbohydrates required.

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Jetana A
Jetana A1 years ago

A silly question, because even the most passionate avocado lover will add some salsa!

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Harriet J. B
Harriet B1 years ago

It still doesn't tell a difference between hass and Florida avacados.

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ERIKA SOMLAI
ERIKA SOMLAI4 years ago

thank you for sharing

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Nanette A.
Nanette a4 years ago

food for thought :)

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Donnaa D.
donnaa D4 years ago

good food, though compromised with insectididal sprays

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Rhonda B.
Rhonda B4 years ago

thank you.

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Milos Stojanovic
Milos Stojanovic4 years ago

Great article, thanks.

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