11 Nov Can Avocados Be Not Good For You?
What’s Australia’s favourite brekkie? Smashed avo on toast! Aren’t even house deposits sacrificed in favour of avo on toast? Is there anything more delish than smashed avocado on toast for brekkie? And lunch. And dinner. Not really. #avocadosarelife
Who doesn’t love avocados? Adding avocado to your green smoothie will make it extra creamy and nutritious. Buddha bowls and Poke bowls are already delicious, but adding a slice or two of green goodness will make your taste buds dance. We cannot seem to get enough of the green goodness. Every single day or even every meal. But is there such a thing as too much avocado?
First things first, yes, avocados are super good for us. Phew! Unless you are allergic to the green fruit – which is also not uncommon unfortunately (we feel for you!). Avocados have a balance of monounsaturated, saturated, and polyunsaturated fats. These help you absorb fat-soluble vitamins (like vitamin K, A, D, and E) from your food. They are brilliant at leaving you feeling full and satiated. They contain B vitamins (super crucial for methylation) and vitamin E, which helps with collagen production and retaining moisture in your skin. And in case that wasn’t enough, they help keep your brain healthy and your immune system strong. Yes, yes, yes!
(We don’t mind if you need to make yourself some avo on toast while reading the rest of this article!)
How much avocado is good for you?
According to Dr Will Cole, a functional medicine practitioner, most people can enjoy a half to two avocados a day to maintain a nutrient-dense clean diet. One of the core understandings, though, in functional medicine, is that everyone has a different body. So even with healthy stuff like avocados, it may not work for everyone in larger amounts. For instance, if you have digestive problems like SIBO and FODMAP intolerance, consuming too many avocados will probably end in stomach problems. For these people, he suggests limiting your avocado intake to about one-eighth of an avocado per day – just enough to put in your salads or blend in your smoothies.
Kimberly Snyder, C.N. notes that “eating some fat is essential for beauty and health, but you don’t need to overdo it.” Take a look at some of the people around the world with the best health and longest lives, including various cultures in Asia, and you’ll see that loads of them favour plant foods with lower fat and protein intake. Exactly how much avocado (and fat in general) you should consume in a day depends on your body type. Then you need to check in with your general health and (realistic) activity levels. Again there’s no one-size-fits-all recommendation. As a guideline, 15 to 30 per cent of your diet should come from whole food sources of fat, including avocado and other healthy fats, like nutrient-dense seeds and nuts. Translated: that’s half to a whole avocado a day while also still adding some seeds and nuts into your diet.
Rule of thumbs ahm … avocado
As you can see, the rule of thumb for how many avocados you should eat in a day is – listen to your body. Everyone is different and reacts differently to certain foods. If your body is not cool with avocados, then better leave them off your plate. And if you’re loving them, don’t overdo it. Maybe avocado for every meal is a bit over the top. It’s still vital for you to eat a nutritiously and varied diet Ditch your next dinner struggle and try this delicious San Choy Bau.
And if you have eaten a bit too much (avo on toast – not judging) and feeling a bit sluggish after a big meal. Give Lisa Clarke‘s Yin for Digestion a try. This juicy yin sequence will make you feel better in no time. Ready for the next avo on toast. Fun fact: Did you know that every part of the avocado is edible? Yes, including the pit and peel.
What will you have for brekkie?
Written by Mind Body Green