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Avocado glycemic index (GI)

Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan by Victoria Mazmanyan | Last updated on November 01, 2023
Medically reviewed by Ani Harutyunyan Article author photo Ani Harutyunyan

Avocado’s carbohydrate concentration and content, therefore, glycemic index, depends on its ripeness. 

However, all studies show that avocados fall under the category of having a low GI value, meaning under 55.

The International Tables of Glycemic Index does not include avocados in its research, but other sources have investigated the topic.

In one study made by the Journal of Ethnic Foods, Nigerian avocados were found to have a glycemic index of 40.34±0.72 (1).

According to another study by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the GI of a raw, peeled avocado is estimated to be about zero with a margin error of only 1 (2). That is due to the fact that avocados contain very few sugars.

Also, research shows that the Hass avocado - a version of a usual avocado with a creamier texture, has a very low glycemic index, near zero, due to its negligible carbohydrate content (6). 

The International Tables of Glycemic Index does not have GI values on avocados because it contains so few carbohydrates it would be challenging to consume a portion of the food containing 50g or 25g of available carbohydrates (3).

The main sugar found in avocados is D-mannoheptulose. Research on this sugar suggests that it controls blood sugar management (4).

That is one of the reasons, alongside healthy fats, why people with diabetes are encouraged by the American Diabetes Association to add avocados to their diets (5).

You can see the glycemic indexes of 350+ foods on our glycemic index chart page


Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan
Education: General Medicine at YSMU
Last updated: November 01, 2023
Medically reviewed by Ani Harutyunyan

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