NBA star Jimmy Butler says he ‘can’t eat’ meals that don’t contain avocado

  • Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler says he doesn’t eat a meal without avocado.
  • A registered dietitian said it’s a smart move on Butler’s part, and others can do it too, though avocados are high in calories.
  • Avocados contain healthy fats, fiber, and essential vitamins.

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler lives by avocados.

The 32-year-old NBA star said he follows a simple “low-frills” diet and often eats the same rice bowl with beans and turkey for most of his meals, but avocados are non-negotiable in his dishes.

“It has to have avocados, or I can’t eat it,” Butler told GQ writer Christopher Cason, adding that his personal chef prepares every meal for him. “I’m telling you if I could eat like a Chipotle-like meal every day-rice, chicken, beans, lettuce, avocado – I’m in. If you put some rice in a bowl, ground turkey, ground chicken, beans, and avocado, then I’m good.”

Butler’s avocado obsession yields him plenty of fat, vitamins, and fiber. It can also serve as an example for anyone looking to get more nutrients out of their fat consumption, according to registered dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix, creator of BetterThanDieting.com.

Avocados are among the healthiest sources of fats

Avocados provide a substantial amount of monounsaturated fatty acids. A single avocado contains around 21 grams of monounsaturated fat, commonly known as “healthy fat,” which can help lower bad cholesterol.

They can serve as a substitute for butter or creamy salad dressings to swap out less healthy fats, and get a boost of potassium, vitamin C, and magnesium, according to registered dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix.

It is is good fuel for workouts, but can lead to weight gain if it’s not burned off

The average avocado has 250-320 calories each, depending on size.

For a professional athlete like Butler, eating three avocados per day can provide valuable fuel for his intense exertion, but that’s not the case for everyone.

“While no real immediate harm will come to you if you eat a full avocado every single day, the calories and fat in avocado still contribute to your daily needs,” Taub-Dix said. “For example, if you’re on a 1,500-calorie diet, one full avocado contributes close to 20% of your quota for the day. Overdoing it could lead to weight gain over time.”

Avocado on toast, scrambled eggs, and turkey bacon.

Eating avocados excessively comes with a small risk of painful side effects

There are possible side effects that come with eating avocados excessively, including consuming too much fiber, which can cause bloating, abdominal pain, and constipation.

Avocados also contain carbohydrates called polyols that can cause gas and bloating when consumed in large quantities.

People who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome or other gastrointestinal disorders are at the highest risk of these effects, but the risk is smaller for those without those conditions, according to Taub-Dix.

“Unless you’re eating a huge amount of avocados each day, I don’t think any of those symptoms will be an issue,” Taub Dix said. “The majority of us don’t get enough fiber in the day so avocado, as a good source of fiber, is an important addition to your daily routine. Any fat that you eat in excess could have a laxative effect. But, as with any food or food group, balance rules.”

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