Is one whole avocado a day too much?

by (396) Updated July 09, 2013 at 11:32 AM Created January 10, 2012 at 3:19 PM

According to the folks at Whole 9 I should have thumb sized portion of fat with each meal but dang, I love avocados! I've taken to eating one a day as well as whatever other fat I use to cook with (usually olive or coconut oil.). I have lost about 50# since starting in April and have about 100# go. I don't exercise regularly except for walking and bike riding due to no car.

Is this too much fat? Is there such a thing? Should I adopt the "thumb" rule?

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18236 · January 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

an avocado a day is fine. consider yourself fortunate that you can afford it.

21258 · January 10, 2012 at 4:42 PM

I love my avocados. When they are on sale I eat probably 2 a day, mostly because they are portable and require nothing extra to be delicious, besides patience (to avoid under/overripe avocados). I put them on everything, but tend to love a breakfast salad of avocados, lime juice, bacon, and hardboiled eggs on spinach.

350 · January 10, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Avocados are so nutritious and high in potassium and and vitamin K that I would say it's a good thing to eat every day. Stressing about the fat content of the avocado should be something you do after every other aspect of your diet is PERFECT. And especially if you enjoy them so much you shouldn't worry. :)

964 · January 10, 2012 at 3:37 PM

I don't have my book handy, but I'm pretty sure the Whole 30 serving size for avocado is 1/2 to 1 whole avocado. The thumb rule is more for oils, which are denser fats. Eat up!

9796 · January 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Some may balk at the PUFA content, but I say if you love them, keep doing what you're doing, and start tweaking when you hit a plateau later on.

370 · August 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Go crazy on the avo's, they are literally a superfood, one of the most nutricious foods out there, and one of the best sources of healthy fats. I buy a few every time I go shopping. Plus they are incredibly versitile, just go to any Paleo cooking blog (PaleOMG, Fastpaleo, etc.) and type "avocado' in the search bar and see the neverending list of recipes that come up. If it were socially acceptable to marry an avocado, I would do so.

3127 · January 10, 2012 at 6:18 PM

one a day seems about right to me. i find no evidence that avocado oil is a toxin. must be advice from the low fat diet crowd that gave america all the fatties in the last 40 years. i dont mean to disrespect the fatties as i am still obese myself. it just seems to me that we have used thier logic for 40 years and gotten so unhealthy that to continue to do so is like being stuck on stupid.

20 · September 09, 2012 at 5:08 AM

I eat an avocado a day. So delicious. It's brought my cholesterol down and fills me up easily. I'll usually have a whole avocado for either breakfast or lunch.

289 · August 16, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Ive lost 95lbs since January and i eat one per day.

20 · January 30, 2012 at 4:35 PM

I have been eating an avocado everyday (sometimes 2!) and my nails, hair and skin have shown a remarkable difference. Now my weight is another thing but my blubber is not because of acocado it is from everything else I eat! I have lost 5 ounds in the past 3 weeks and maybe they do fill me up better than some of my old breakfast choices. Oh and I sprinkle some oregano on them (anti oxins) and it is wonderful!

11251 · January 10, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Well, it is fine, unless that weird sugar in it messes with your blood sugar:

Avocado raises blood sugar


I did stop eating them as much once I read that, but your mileage may vary. If you seem to get hungry quicker after eating them, drop them; if not, enjoy!

77348 · January 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM

I don't think one a day is a problem but in case you have just become habituated...try going a few days without and see if you miss them from habit or is it a craving as in your body wants some nutrients to be found in avocado.

8890 · January 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM

If you are still doing well on your plan, I say keep doing what you are doing. I have about 1/2 an avocado a day when they are in season and they are wonderful. I'm not sure if it is because of the fat or other nutrition, but when I don't have anyway, my body really misses them.

10 · June 06, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Since avacados here are about 5 for 50 cents I eat them nearly everyday, often 4 a day. People are so scared to get fat that they won't accept that fat doesn't make you fat. I was fat growing up, then started experimenting with my diet, reading a lot of science about it, avoiding shitty foods for me, and eating the ones that made me healthy. I think 4 avacados is pretty excessive for any food, but they are pretty good for your heart and health. And a massive bowl of guacamole with yuca chips and carrot sticks...see ya later!

10 · May 30, 2013 at 8:03 AM

*One whole avocado has more than the daily amount of fat that should be consumed. I have heard it has been more beneficial to have half of an avocado a day. Share with a friend...this will help if you are dieting. This is only my opinion though.

10 · March 04, 2013 at 11:36 PM

The reason the western world is so overweight now is largely because of the big fat scare back in the 80s. it was false. we went low fat diets - which meant high sugar because no one was willing to give up taste. Sugar turns into fat in the body, sugar is the culprit, not healthy, raw fats (interesting to also note that sugar is what actually causes high cholesterol... high levels of sugar in the blood trigger an insulin release - insulin in the blood triggers cells to start manufacturing their OWN cholesterol INSTEAD of taking it from the blood, if you're constantly eating sugar this occurs over and over and then cholesterol builds up in the blood) healthy fats bring choleserol down - there is a lot of misinformation out there. Most of us are so deficient in Omega 3 and/or Omega 6 that we could take two tablespoons of an oil such as Udo's 3.6.9 for 6 months before our deficiency would finally be on it's way to satisfied. so PLEASE do not worry about an Avocado which is a real, nutritious and balanced food, eat up.
Funny enough, Avocado is part of my business name... :)

11157 · October 26, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Instead of "too much" the words you were looking for were "not enough".

1076 · August 17, 2012 at 9:45 AM

My Dad has a large productive tree that bears big fruit and eats one or two avocados a day.

Recently his doctor was quite concerned because he has markedly elevated potassium levels (hyperkalemia) which is normally a sign of serious kidney problems, often after injury.

If you look you'll find that avocados are pretty high in potassium and given other aspects of Dad's health and medication regime, it looks like the avocados are what have pushed him into the abnormal range. It's not clearly to me whether his elevated potassium levels are actually dangerous or merely a spurious indicator, but it's something to think about.

230 · January 10, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Avocados do, however, have a big omega-3 to omega-6 deficit...

3157 · July 09, 2013 at 11:32 AM

I hope it's not :)

0 · July 09, 2013 at 11:24 AM

I eat one avacado daily, on wholewheat toast, mashed with salt, ground black pepper and tabasco sause(lots of sauce) YUMMMY!!! My skin is fantastic and weight, no problem, as I'm a seriously active person,and very sporty.

230 · May 20, 2013 at 4:42 PM

you are on a paleo site, there is no "too much" fat. i eat sometimes 3 or 4 avocados when i like. with fried eggs. and bacon. yum.

692 · May 20, 2013 at 3:18 PM

I do best eating 1/4 avocado a day. When I switch to 1/2 or 1 whole, I tend to get a bit fatter (seriously). I'm not into training, per se, but I'm not burning enough to do it.

Apart from being so high in calories, it's super healthy! If you're trying to shed fat, a whole avocado a day is 'too much.' It's not really too much but it's up to you to decide what to cut out whether it's 1/2 of one or whatever else is giving an overage (only if you're trying to shed fat).

0 · May 20, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Back to the original question regarding the Whole9.

Doesn't it say: a thumb size of fat AT LEAST. More is fine but never less.

0 · October 26, 2012 at 9:04 AM

.This is a total aside but avoid the 'thumb' rule. It derived from an old English rule (law?) that said a man could not beat his wife with a stick larger than the circumference of his thumb. Most people don't know this but I came across it years ago in my social justice teaching.

199 · August 16, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Yes one avacardo a day is to much.... if you're on the 80/10/10 diet! Lol

0 · August 16, 2012 at 6:44 AM

I just made an avocado smoothie blending 1 whole avocado,vanilla almond milk, a couple packets of stevia,and ice. Turned out way better than I thought, yum!

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