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What's your stance on Avocado?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 05, 2013 at 10:07 PM

PUFA's are bad, for the most part. Avocados contain a bit of this. Not a lot, but it's significant. Add to this the fact that my avocados sit on the warm counter for days if not a week or more during the summer, and you've likely got some oxidation going on, right? Are the PUFA's in Avocados somehow protected? Even if so, won't they oxidize in my tissues on short order?

So, obviously I'm not asking whether they are Paleo. We're past that. Are they healthy though, especially if you're worried about oxidated PUFA's?

What's your stance on Avocados?

I'd hate to give these up but perhaps I do eat them in excess... on the order of 1 or two a day when I have a good source.

Bfddc0ab925c8ea0e0c2e87198514907

on September 06, 2013
at 11:02 PM

The requirement for vitamin E is directly related to unsaturated fat consumption, not to some "RDA". Anyway, your original question was about avocados

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 06, 2013
at 09:28 PM

Women can convert about 20% of ALA to DHA, men only about 5%, but walnuts are still healthy to eat.

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(624)

on September 06, 2013
at 08:51 PM

A WHOLE AVOCADO contains about 4 milligrams of vitamin E. I usually eat a half, sometimes a whole one. So half an avocado has about 13% of the minimum amount of vitamin E you would need to not be deficient and maybe 8% or less of what I'd like to have in my high-fat diet...

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(624)

on September 06, 2013
at 08:45 PM

Well, yeah I gave up walnuts. But they have a LOT more PUFA and other antinutrients and their omegas are in a form the body can't readily use. They're really not that good for you and, honestly, aren't that tasty unless they're cooked into something sweat and savory. I was thinking, and the PUFA in Avocados isn't all that significant.

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(624)

on September 06, 2013
at 08:43 PM

I love it - Buttery pears!!!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on September 06, 2013
at 06:47 PM

More than 50 at a time is probably too many. Kinda like eggs...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on September 06, 2013
at 06:46 PM

Compared to my kid's report cards.

Bfddc0ab925c8ea0e0c2e87198514907

on September 06, 2013
at 11:03 AM

"Not all that high in E" - Compared to what?

736662d9fd6314d426cc6de1896aa045

(175)

on September 05, 2013
at 11:43 PM

Buttery pears - perfickt!

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(624)

on September 05, 2013
at 10:48 PM

Not all that high in E. I wonder how much difference that oh-so-tiny bit of vitamin E and C does to protect against oxidation... though I'm guessing there are other antioxidants in there. It'd be hard to believe they were doing any real harm but I just want to be careful

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(624)

on September 05, 2013
at 10:47 PM

I wonder how much difference that oh-so-tiny bit of vitamin E and C does to protect against oxidation... though I'm guessing there are other antioxidants in there. It'd be hard to believe they were doing any real harm but I just want to be careful

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(624)

on September 05, 2013
at 10:47 PM

I wonder how much difference that oh-so-tiny bit of vitamin E and C does to protect against oxidation... though I'm guessing there are other antioxidants in there. It'd be hard to believe they were doing any real harm but I just want to be careful.

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(624)

on September 05, 2013
at 10:10 PM

haha I'll probably blend one into my smoothie tomorrow morning. There's about 6 of them on the counter getting over-ripened as I labor away at work on PaleoHacks.

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E192b7cd10fb3c82c1f5912053c297c6

on September 05, 2013
at 11:15 PM

I think as long as they aren't brown and gross then they probably aren't too oxidized. Even if they are, fuck it they're delicious. Buttery pears.

736662d9fd6314d426cc6de1896aa045

(175)

on September 05, 2013
at 11:43 PM

Buttery pears - perfickt!

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(624)

on September 06, 2013
at 08:43 PM

I love it - Buttery pears!!!

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 05, 2013
at 10:20 PM

Eat them. They are a real food, and the pros outweigh the cons. PUFA's just don't magically oxidize, and certainly not in your body or in an edible (not rotten) avocado. . Besides, if you are avoiding seed oils, then your PUFA intake should be pretty low, and the body needs PUFA anyway. Just make sure you are getting a decent amount of Omega-3.

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on September 05, 2013
at 10:47 PM

I wonder how much difference that oh-so-tiny bit of vitamin E and C does to protect against oxidation... though I'm guessing there are other antioxidants in there. It'd be hard to believe they were doing any real harm but I just want to be careful.

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on September 06, 2013
at 06:55 PM

PUFAs are bad? Man, we gotta stop overexaggerating sh.. stuff.

Too much (by definition) of anything is not good. Too much water will kill you.

Yes, yes, n6, omega-3, polyunsaturated farty acids, paleo orthorexic.

Walnuts have a worse fat profile than avocados. Are you giving up walnuts?

Let's try not to make the same mistake that Ancel Keys made when he demonized saturated fat and cholesterol. Eat the damn avocado!!!

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 06, 2013
at 09:28 PM

Women can convert about 20% of ALA to DHA, men only about 5%, but walnuts are still healthy to eat.

Medium avatar

(624)

on September 06, 2013
at 08:45 PM

Well, yeah I gave up walnuts. But they have a LOT more PUFA and other antinutrients and their omegas are in a form the body can't readily use. They're really not that good for you and, honestly, aren't that tasty unless they're cooked into something sweat and savory. I was thinking, and the PUFA in Avocados isn't all that significant.

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on September 06, 2013
at 08:55 PM

Thanks for your feedback guys. There are plenty of other PUFA sources to worry about and Avocados are just too delicious and healthy to be damned.

I guess after an avocado binge, feeling a little funny in the tummy, I started asking myself if there was something bad in there. Call me hypochondriac, ortorexic, or whatever... It's all true.

And yeah, I should probably keep it below, say, 3 in a day or 9 in a week to be safe. Balance, right?

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Bfddc0ab925c8ea0e0c2e87198514907

on September 05, 2013
at 10:18 PM

They are mostly monounsaturated. Also, they are high in vitamin E, protecting the unsaturated bonds from oxidation.

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(624)

on September 05, 2013
at 10:48 PM

Not all that high in E. I wonder how much difference that oh-so-tiny bit of vitamin E and C does to protect against oxidation... though I'm guessing there are other antioxidants in there. It'd be hard to believe they were doing any real harm but I just want to be careful

Medium avatar

(624)

on September 05, 2013
at 10:47 PM

I wonder how much difference that oh-so-tiny bit of vitamin E and C does to protect against oxidation... though I'm guessing there are other antioxidants in there. It'd be hard to believe they were doing any real harm but I just want to be careful

Medium avatar

(624)

on September 06, 2013
at 08:51 PM

A WHOLE AVOCADO contains about 4 milligrams of vitamin E. I usually eat a half, sometimes a whole one. So half an avocado has about 13% of the minimum amount of vitamin E you would need to not be deficient and maybe 8% or less of what I'd like to have in my high-fat diet...

Bfddc0ab925c8ea0e0c2e87198514907

on September 06, 2013
at 11:03 AM

"Not all that high in E" - Compared to what?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on September 06, 2013
at 06:46 PM

Compared to my kid's report cards.

Bfddc0ab925c8ea0e0c2e87198514907

on September 06, 2013
at 11:02 PM

The requirement for vitamin E is directly related to unsaturated fat consumption, not to some "RDA". Anyway, your original question was about avocados

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