Avocado seems to be the magical food that is recommended in almost every diet and for all types of people. That being said, there are some things about avocado that you should be aware of.
Here are 11 possible side effects you could encounter when eating avocado:
#1. Not good for pregnant and breastfeeding women
Avocado may seem like it’s good for every situation, but the truth is that it should be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding women. Avocado reduces milk production and has even been known to damage the mammary gland. Not to mention that babies’ stomachs are too sensitive to ingest avocado or its remnants.
#2. Possible weight gain
While they are the ‘healthy’ fats, if you eat too many avocados, you could find yourself packing on the pounds. They are actually very high in calories.
#3. Liver issues
Avocado contains two components called estragole and anethole, which can cause damage to your liver.
#4. Medication interactions
If you eat large quantities of avocado, it can actually interfere with the effectiveness of any anti-inflammatory medications that you’re taking. This is a big potential danger, because let’s face it, if you eat any avocado, chances are you’ll eat a lot!
#5. Stomach issues
People with a particularly stomach, may find that when they eat avocado, they experience some discomfort. It is usually in the form of bloating or flatulence. So make sure to be careful about eating it before going on any dates!
There are very unfortunate people who may even experience an allergic reaction to the wonder that is avocado. If they do, they are likely to have symptoms like hives, swollen skin, eczema and itching.
#7. Latex intolerance
If you have a latex intolerance, then you should avoid avocado. Avocado is known to increase the level of serum lgE, which will heighten your sensitivity to avocado.
#8. Lowers HDL cholesterol
Although it is one of the good fats, avocado actually works against you when it comes to avocado. It lowers levels of HDL cholesterol, which is the good type that your body needs.
#9. Blood thinner
In general, avocado works as a blood thinner, which if you’re not careful, can develop into a health issue. You need to be especially careful if you take any medications because avocado may interact negatively with them.
If you are a person with hypersensitivity, then avocado is another thing you should avoid. It has been shown to increase the effects and intensity of hypersensitivity.
#11. High potassium
You do want to have potassium, but everything is all about the right amounts and balance. Avocados have a lot of potassium, which is perfect for when you’re trying to raise your levels, but make sure that you don’t consume too much!
We’re not saying that you need to stop eating your avocado toast for breakfast, just try to monitor how much you’re consuming.
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