Ok, ok, avocados are tasty, healthy, nourishing and disease-fighting. It also helps freshen your breath (apparently).
It’s great spread on toast, tossed through a salad, or tightly packed with tuna sushi.
However, as someone who can’t eat it due to the terrible stomach pains it triggers, I felt it necessary to explore how too much of a good thing can, in fact, be bad.
Avocados can trigger IBS
Polyols, a naturally-occurring chemical found in avocados, can trigger Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS) symptoms in some people.
It’s listed on the famed FODMAP guide as ‘amber’, meaning a little is ok, but too much risks adverse side affects.
These can include stomach cramps, indigestion, changes in bowel habits and acid reflux. The severity depends on how much you consumed, or how bad your sensitivity is.
So, if you always feel a little ‘off’ after your Saturday avocado brunch, this may be the culprit.
Avocados are high in calories
The fats in avocados have been shown to reduce cholesterol and promote healthy skin, hair and nail growth.
However, the average avocado contains around 29g of fat, or 300 calories. Devour one avocado and you’ve already had 50% of your daily fat intake!
If you’re watching your calorie intake, try and limit avocado consumption to two to three slices a day, or two tablespoons.
Avocados can put stress on your liver
For anyone with liver health issues, eating too much avocado on a daily basis can be dangerous.
This is because avocado encourages collagen formation, which can damage the liver if you eat enough of it.
If the excess collagen isn’t processed properly, the accumulation can result in fibrosis.
However, it’s worth noting this only applies to those already suffering from liver problems who consume too much avocado. The jury’s still out on how much that is.