Is Avocado Low FODMAP?
That’s what we all want to know! Some lists say they are high FODMAP, while other lists say low FODMAP. What is the answer? Is avocado low FODMAP? And if so, exactly how much can I eat? We have the answers. You CAN eat avocado while even on the Elimination phase of the low FODMAP diet – but avocado size and portions count!
Avocados Come in Many Sizes
Okay, we don’t mean to be confusing here – quite the contrary. We believe that information is power and precision is key. As you can see in the image, these avocados, a Florida avocado on the left and a Hass avocado on the right, are vastly different sizes.
So when you consult your Monash app or someone tells you that an eighth of an avocado can be eaten during the Elimination Phase, well, we think you have only partial information.
The information is in the Monash app, actually, it’s just that since most Americans do not cook by weight and/or think metrically, our brain glazes over when we get to the part that says we can eat 30 grams. Do you know what 30 grams of avocado look like? Neither did we, but now we do – see below:
So How Much Is Just Right?
This, my friends (see above & below), is 30 grams of avocado and what you can eat on the Elimination Phase.
The diced avocado above in the small dish is 30 grams and could be mashed up for a bit of guacamole.
The slices of avocado on the right and below are also 30 grams and make a generous serving of avocado toast!
If you have gone through your Polyol sorbitol challenge and can tolerate more, be our guest! Avocados, like so many higher FODMAP foods, can be nutritious as well as delicious. They offer a good amount of potassium, lutein, folate, B6, vitamin C, monounsaturated fat and believe it or not, fiber. Top your tacos and enjoy – if they do not upset your GI system!
If you have a choice, we prefer Hass avocados. They are the smaller ones that have a darker, almost black-green skin, which also has a slightly pebbly texture. Their flesh is richer and creamier and better tasting in our opinion. The Florida avocados are larger and sport a smooth, bright green skin. The flavor is not as bold or interesting and their texture is not as buttery, by comparison with the Haas. Even when combined with other ingredients, such as in a guacamole, the Florida avocados fall short.
As an additional health related issue, if you have a severe latex allergy, you might also have a reaction to avocados, so add them to your diet cautiously.