As long as you’re mindful of portion sizes, there’s nothing wrong with incorporating avocados into your regular diet, as experts suggest. Head of nutrition for Nucific, Dr. Amy Lee told Reader’s Digest that the important thing to do is be mindful of how the fruit fits into your overall daily diet.
“The amount you should eat really depends on what else you are eating. Avocado is higher in fat — good fat (monounsaturated), to be exact — compared with all fruits, which can translate to more calories, so it’s important to be aware of how much you’re eating for caloric purposes,” explained the nutritionist.
When you eat too much avocado, you might irritate your stomach, especially if you have underlying health conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), added Toronto-based registered dietitian, Shauna Lindzon (via Global News). The carbohydrates polyols and sorbitol in avocados can lead to stomach cramps, bloating, and diarrhea, per the dietician. Even the high fiber content in the fruit (13.5 grams per avocado) can become problematic for your gut when consumed in excess. Also, if you’ve ever sat down with a bowl of chips and guacamole dip, you probably know how filling avocados can be. When you’re fully satiated with one type of food, you may not seek other nutrients to balance your daily diet, according to registered dietician Shena Jaramillo (via Eat This, Not That).