What Happens If We Eat Too Much Avocado?
Nowadays, the superfood known as avocado is everywhere – sliced in salads, topped on toast, and smashed into guacamole. So, is it possible that we might be eating too much avocado?
In fact, when was the last time you ate avocado?
Did you know that the recommended serving of this superfood is one-third and not the entire thing? Healthline explains that eating an entire avocado will give you around 24 grams of fat and 240-400 calories, depending on the size.
On the other hand, one-third provides 3 grams of fiber, 8 grams of fat, and 80 calories.
So, if you want to eat avocado toast for breakfast using an entire avocado and two slices of bread, you’ll go over the recommended caloric intake for breakfast – 300 to 400 calories.
And, if you aim to eat a 200-calorie snack, snacking on guacamole will take you over the recommended avocado portions.
So, if you enjoy eating a big bag of chips with a large container of avocado guacamole, you are likely to eat too much of both things. That’s why it’s better to pre-portion it from the start.
Wasn’t the Avocado Good for You?
Avocado is a superfood packed with vitamins and minerals like magnesium, potassium, vitamin K, vitamin E, and lutein. It also contains good amounts of fiber and healthy fat.
However, you will get these benefits only if you consume a healthy portion of avocado, and not if you overeat it.
If you think that overconsumption of this healthy food means getting more benefits, you’re wrong. Overconsuming fat-rich foods, even if it’s a healthy fat, is not quite good for you.
One of the well-known benefits of avocados is their content of fiber and healthy fat that keeps us full longer and prevents us from overconsuming other foods. This, in turn, helps us manage weight and control our blood sugar levels.
But, you’ll get these benefits and many more only if you eat the recommended amount.
What If You Overeat It?
It means you’ll consume more fat and calories than you need which can be bad for your weight-loss goals. Also, it could cause an upset stomach in those with irritable bowel syndrome or sensitive stomachs.
That’s because of the carbohydrates called sorbitol or polyols in their content.
So, How to Eat the Right Amount?
It’s best to cut this superfood into portions. If you are an avocado addict and want to curb this addiction, mix it with other ingredients in salads or salsas, and you’ll consume a smaller amount of it.
And, if avocados cause digestive discomfort for you, start with a small amount like 1/8 of the fruit, and go from there.
Although overeating avocado is not good for your weight-loss goals and getting all those popular benefits from this fruit, it doesn’t mean that it’s terrible for your health. After all, consuming more avocado than you should kill you.
The important thing is to include this superfruit in a well-balanced diet based on whole foods with lots of variety. In the end, eating processed or refined foods is a lot worse than eating an entire avocado, right?