Free the Avocado!

Written by cyndie todd on 4/17/2012 2:07 PM | COMMENTS (20)

Dear Weight Watchers,

Why are you discouraging people from eating avocados? Eight points for an entire avocado? That's almost a full meal. You are perpetuating the myth that avocados are bad for us when, in reality, avocados are one of the best things we can put in our body.

Sure they have fat, but it's healthy fat. And they're chock-full of great nutrients and fiber (check it out at Yet, you discourage such nutritious eating by assigning punitive points to this yummy fruit. What's the problem?

I'll tell you right now, there is no problem. Ask yourself this: how many people are overweight because they ate too many avocados? Maybe they ate too many tortilla chips while shoveling guacamole into their mouths, but tortillas are appropriately pointed. The price of an avocado alone will keep over-consumption in check.

So stop discriminating against the lovely, delicious and nutritious avocado and remove the points. Not for my sake, because I'm already not counting them. I refuse. But make them free for the sake of promoting healthy eating. All you out there that agree with me, join me in my avocado points protest and start counting them as a free vegetable!

But watch out for those tortilla chips.

Former California Native

Categories: Food

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  • Post Image ktsmith22 (kaitlyn)

    2/10/2014 9:12 AM
    I love your post because I too am obsessed with avocados, yet I feel discouraged on eating them solely for the amount of points they cost. Free the avocado!! :)

  • Post Image cspeyerer2508

    2/3/2014 12:32 PM
    You are right! Avocados have their natural fat. I love avocado. Specially the small ones. Those are my favorites. =)

  • Post Image mattcruz

    1/28/2014 2:59 PM
    for those of you that stopped counting them....are you still losing weight?

  • Post Image jlap75

    11/11/2013 7:16 PM
    I love avocados too! In fact just ate a whole one with a tiny bit of salt for a snack. Then I looked At the calories, my guess is that it has so many points because one medium avocado is around 234 cal. That's nearly as many calories in some of the meals I make! Just a guess but that's probably why it's so high in points.

  • Post Image jjleigh4

    10/8/2013 12:46 PM
    Yes, please free the avacado! I agree with some point value, but 8-9 points for a whole avacado is to high. Avacado is good fat, and should be less points. Weight Watchers, please take note and adjust point value. Thank you.

  • Post Image lgodiva78 (annette)

    10/1/2013 10:25 PM
    Amen... I think I'm no longer going to count avocados after reading this!! I had all but eliminated them from my diet. NO MORE! I'm stopping this madness. Thanks for empowering me to re-introduce this delicious fruit into my diet!

  • Post Image lindsay_2201 (laura)

    9/25/2013 5:12 PM
    Here here! thanks for writing in on this!

  • Post Image jim027 (james)

    8/12/2013 7:48 PM
    Seriously what is up with not even having it in the WW database!? At a minimum these green beauties should be discounted. I will continue to count them and they are worth every point!

  • Post Image christianmari (marisol)

    7/21/2013 12:43 AM
    I agree! I had an avocado smoothie a few weeks ago and it hurt me to count the avocados, since one smoothie used up nearly two of them. Then I had to add the milk and sugar. That was not a good day, points-wise...

  • Post Image krimoore (kristine)

    7/10/2013 12:45 PM
    Agreed!!! i couldn't even find an Avacado on my food list when i searched for the points value!

  • Post Image kayj20 (kayla)

    7/9/2013 6:07 PM
    So glad I found this post! Free the Avocado! I feel guilty sometimes for eating healthy fats like avocados, nuts etc. I think because they are so high in fat (good fat) there should be some point value to it ... but low points. Avocados here I come :)

  • Post Image somer63 (somer)

    6/18/2013 9:50 AM
    If you are going to go a more natural style in eating WW it makes it very hard. I am more concerned with sugar intake than fat intake and maybe that is one of the reason I need WW but it is depressing to get hit hard for eating an avocado points wise which has good fats, vitamins and minerals and then be able to eat a "diet" brownie with no nutritional value and only get docked 2-3 points.

  • Post Image 10bayerl (lindsay)

    6/11/2013 11:00 PM
    I cannot believe avocados are 9 points. An avocado should not be more than a Twix bar. Something seems wrong about that. Free the avocado!

  • Post Image aislingm11 (aisling)

    5/24/2013 7:30 PM
    I agree, avocados are much better and more nutritous than processed foods hat have less points

  • Post Image ajat0921 (jessica)

    5/13/2013 7:00 PM
    I agree. i never count it when I eat avocados. Also edimame is high points too. I don't count those as well.

  • Post Image magpi3 (margaret)

    4/17/2013 9:57 AM
    Agree! Free it! I'm a little worried that WW is advocating processed foods over healthy foods like avocados. I'm probably going to ignore the points for avocados. I think WW needs to be a little more cautious in what ideas they are selling.

  • Post Image l&dnurse3 (janelle)

    4/10/2013 2:28 PM
    Ate an avacado on a sandwich today and was very upset to find out how many points they are!! Maybe WW should revisit how many points they are. Say maybe make them "free" or low points as long as your only eating one a day (personally I could eat more than one a day anyways!)

  • Post Image josephinefriday (lourdes)

    3/22/2013 11:08 AM
    Love this blog post. I was just thinking this today. I wish WW wouldn't penalize people for eating healthy food. Dates, avocadoes, coconut milk...all high in points. I understand that they are fattening but I think they should be designated power foods. Yet, a 100 calorie snack pack is low in points. Not fair.

  • Post Image committed4g (angie)

    3/22/2013 1:20 AM
    If we have to count them... it would be better if the point value was calculate by weight (ounces). Since avocados come in different sizes, 1/4 of a tiny avocado and 1/4 of medium or large avocado could be very different in weight. It is hard to eyeball 1/4 of an avocado when serving yourself guacamole.

  • Post Image wendys1112 (wendy)

    3/21/2013 10:35 PM
    I love avocados... its so sad how they discouraging it. I use this to substitute any dressing on the salad. I agree as well 100%


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