Avocados, the delicious superfood that, apart from being a nutritious fruit, seems to have become a gastronomic treat of late. However, its healthy fat, which gives it a very creamy texture, and its unmistakable flavour, make avocados both an exceptional culinary and healthy option at the same time.
The benefits of including avocado in diets are numerous and varied; In fact, avocados are a must have in healthy weight loss diets – or, at least, they should be – because they provide many essential nutrients as well as containing beneficial fats.
But what happens when it comes to including avocados in special diets? In special diets, the aim is usually not to lose weight, but the reduction of the problems associated with a pathology.
Intestinal problems caused by avocados in special diets: myth or truth?
A good example of special diets are diets to reduce cholesterol, for which avocados are usually a good ally; but there are also some to treat and relieve stomach and intestinal problems, such as gastritis or irritable bowel syndrome.
It is, precisely, in special diets for gastritis, in diets for irritable bowel, and other special diets for digestive system disorders when doubts arise about whether eating avocados is good or whether it would be better to avoid them.
Fats and fibre in avocados: are they bad if you suffer from digestive problems?
Avocados are rich in fat and fibre, among many other things, but fat and fibre are two key nutrients when it comes to problems in the digestive system.
On the one hand, avocado fats, despite being very good for regulating cholesterol and reducing blood pressure, are still fats, although they are animal fats, and therefore can lead to heavier and slower digestion, causing heaviness, discomfort or even stomach reflux.
Should avocados be avoided in special diets for gastritis? In reality, no. Provided they are included as part of a rich, varied and balanced diet, in which avocados are alternately consumed by combining them with less fatty foods, or by cooking them, they can be included in this type of diet. In addition, let’s not forget that there are different varieties of avocados, so choosing varieties of avocado with the lowest fat percentage can be an excellent way to continue enjoying this fruit (and the numerous properties offered, without causing heaviness in the stomach).
Is it better to avoid avocados when you have irritable bowel? It is not necessary to eliminate them from a diet provided that the patient can tolerate them, but it is advisable to limit consumption. In any case, before eating them it is advisable to check with a doctor and start by eating small amounts, to avoid stomach pain or other discomforts.
And what if I have gastroenteritis: should I follow an astringent diet without avocados?
Typical astringent or “soft” food diets are used increasingly less to treat this type of discomfort, because they limit the amount of nutrients that the organism receives and can delay the healing process or lead to the appearance of other problems. Nowadays, specific, nutritious, varied and balanced foods are recommended, and of course, the avocado can be included in small quantities as part of a “soft diet”.
Avocados are also beneficial for the digestive system
Among the benefits of regularly consuming avocados are the many benefits they have for the digestive system, which include the recovery of internal tissues and the reduction of bowel inflammation. In particular, eating avocado seed is a popular remedy to combat stomach infections.
However, when it comes to digestive discomfort, no two people are the same and, what, under normal conditions may be a staple in our diet, can be very hard to digest when the digestive system is not working well. Avocados, which are so well-tolerated, can be a heavy food for certain people with a sensitive stomach.
Therefore, deciding whether or not to eat avocados is also a personal matter and, if we know or suspect that it will not agree with us, it is better to avoid eating it for some time, than having to give up eating avocados forever.