Could Avocados Be Worsening Your Gut Issues?

Avocados, the holy fruit. Is there anything they can’t compliment? Tacos, vegan mousse, smoothies, salads and sandwiches, oh my! Avocados are decadent, full of healthy fats and stunningly green. It’s no wonder they remain the golden child of the health world.

But what if avocados don’t make you feel so great? Maybe you really don’t like the taste. Or maybe they make you feel bloated or cause a long bout of stomachache. Or maybe you start farting way more than any normal human should an hour or two after snacking on some guac. Just because avocados are a healthy fruit doesn’t mean they are great for everybody.

But what on Earth could cause someone to be intolerant of this seemingly innocuous, healthy fruit?

FODMAPs.

For those who don’t know, FODMAPs are a collection of short-chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols that are found in certain foods. For some, these wreak serious havoc on the digestive system. In fact, this group of compounds is often the culprit behind serious digestive disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

FODMAP compounds can resist digestion in the small intestine due to poor absorption, which moves them on to the large intestine. In there, they are fermented, which creates excessive flatulence and/or bloating. They may also attract water due to their osmotic nature, which can slow down or speed up bowel movements significantly. In laymen’s terms, constipation or diarrhea are likely.

Sorbitol, the sugar alcohol, is the main FODMAP culprit in avocados. The polyol compound also present in honey, peaches, apples, cherries and sugarless gum. Sorbitol is also added to many processed foods, sometimes under the name glucitol or numbered as food additive E420.

Those with FODMAP issues may find that they experience some type of minor to major digestive distress after consuming avocados. Intolerance may manifest as bloating, cramping, diarrhea or any other sort of digestive distress. If you’re in a panic at the thought of nixing guacamole from your list of favorite foods, hold on a minute. Try limiting your avocado consumption to 1/8th an avocado on occasion, which is considered low FODMAP. This may make a big difference, especially if you tend to dig in to guacamole with a large spoon.

And if you have to follow a low FODMAP diet and ditch avocados once and for all, don’t sweat it. Avocados are delicious, but there are plenty of delicious foods out there. What’s better is being happy, healthy and not having diarrhea. That beats a bowl of guacamole any day.

Have you ever experienced an intolerance to avocados/FODMAPs? Share your experiences below.

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69 comments

Maria R
Maria Rabout a month ago

Thank you

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Jim Ven
Jim V4 months ago

thanks

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Jim Ven
Jim V4 months ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome S4 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Jerome S
Jerome S4 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Melania P
Melania P4 months ago

I love them

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Philippa Powers
Philippa Powers7 months ago

Avocados seem to work for me.

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Carl R
Carl R7 months ago

Thanks!!!

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heather g
heather g7 months ago

Avocados don't have unusual side-effects in everyone's diet

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David C
David C7 months ago

thanks, points

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