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Carbs in Avocados

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 03, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Hi All-

On Paleo I know that we focus mainly on dense carb sources when it comes to tracking our total carbs. I think my total carbs are too low then as when I've been looking at my total carb numbers I was including the carbs from avocados (which have about 23-24 total carbs according to Fit Watch.) If I exclude them then my dense carb number is only at 67. (I am not looking to loose weight or maintain but instead to gain 10-15 pounds). Your thoughts on this are welcome!

Thanks-Laura

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on June 03, 2013
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Thanks greymouser - I'm just trying to gauge how many more dense carbs I should be eating since I need to gain weight and noticed that I was including avocado in my total carb number and wasn't sure if I should be.

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I just saw another question you asked where you explain that you are trying to gain mass, because you are underweight. While I do believe my points about tracking are applicable to most situations, in your case, you may want to track to make sure you get enough. Heck, even I track when I begin bulking or cutting phases to "reorient" myself to a changed diet (then I stop after about a week).

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People sometimes don't include the indigestible, fibrous carbohydrate sources in foods when they are tracking carbs because they are on a low carbohydrate diet. About 1/2 to 2/3 of the carbohydrates from a Hass avocado are fiber, so if you are tracking low-carb style those would not count towards net carbs. If you eat 24g of carbs in avocdo form, about 12-16g will be fiber.

67g of carbs per day is pretty low if you are not intending to be eating a low carbohydrate diet. If you are also active, and then you may want to eat more carbs than that; if not so active, 50-100g a day is likely enough (though individual results will vary).

On Paleo I know that we focus mainly on dense carb sources when it comes to tracking our total carbs.

Paleo is not a "low carb" diet, but you can certainly make it one, if you so desire. Also, you'll probably find that most people here will encourage you to give up the calorie and gram tracking over time.

Suffice to say, many people in the Paleo-sphere do suggest going low-carb - but it's absolutely not a requirement. Also, regardless of low or high carb intake on paleo, you'll find that it's likely less carbohydrate intake than the standard American diet.

Dd1b220085ff251e08cad4f934ee683c

(75)

on June 03, 2013
at 05:25 PM

Thanks greymouser - I'm just trying to gauge how many more dense carbs I should be eating since I need to gain weight and noticed that I was including avocado in my total carb number and wasn't sure if I should be.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on June 03, 2013
at 05:14 PM

I just saw another question you asked where you explain that you are trying to gain mass, because you are underweight. While I do believe my points about tracking are applicable to most situations, in your case, you may want to track to make sure you get enough. Heck, even I track when I begin bulking or cutting phases to "reorient" myself to a changed diet (then I stop after about a week).

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