Stomach bloating could be avoided by eating avocados instead of butter, it has been claimed.
That’s according to health and wellness author Maeve Madden.
Writing in her book ‘Beat Your Bloat’ she decried butter, and other dairy products, as her bloating “arch enemy”.
“Dairy makes me so bloated it looks like I’m pregnant with a small elephant,” she wrote.
“My functional medicine doctor told me that if you get little bumps or red marks on the backs of your arms (the triceps) that could mean, and more than likely does mean, that you have an intolerance or sensitivity to lactose.”
In her ‘Eat this, Not That!’ chart, Maeve recommended swapping out butter for avocados to help with stomach bloating.
This fruit is famous for its nutritious and health benefits.
“While most fruit consists primarily of carbohydrate, avocado is high in healthy fats,” said Healthline.
“Avocado is prized for its high nutrient value and is added to various dishes due to its good flavour and rich texture.
“The fruits also contain more potassium than bananas, linked to reduced blood pressure.”
The United States Department of Agriculture said each 100 grams of avocado contain 160 calories, 15 grams of fat and 485 milligrams of potassium.
The fruit also has vitamin C, B6 and A, as well as some iron and magnesium, they continued.
Clinical Nutritionist Dr Josh Axe said avocados should be ranked as “one of the top five healthiest foods on the planet”.
“I know of few other foods that are so jam-packed with essential nutrients,” he continued.
“Especially when you consider how great avocados taste!”
While Maeve may be bloated by dairy, this symptom is common in people with lactose intolerance.
The NHS described this as a “common digestive problem where the body is unable to digest lactose, a type of sugar mainly found in milk and dairy products”.
However, dairy products still make up an important part of a balanced diet.
“Milk and dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt, are great sources of protein and calcium,” said the NHS online.
“They can form part of a healthy, balanced diet.”
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