Is Avocado Good for Hemorrhoids? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Avocado is good for hemorrhoids. Because it has fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants, and they can prevent constipation, lower inflammation, and support healing.

Hemorrhoids are a condition that affects your anus and lower rectum.

In hemorrhoids, your body has swollen veins in the anal canal that can cause bleeding, pain, itching, and discomfort.

This can lead to various health problems, such as anemia, infection, and anal fissures.

One of the key factors in managing hemorrhoids is diet.

What you consume can affect your stool consistency, which can impact your hemorrhoids symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage hemorrhoids, you should consume fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and avoid low-fiber foods like white bread, cheese, and meat.

Fiber can help soften your stool and prevent constipation and straining, which can worsen hemorrhoids.

Now, avocado is a fruit that has a creamy texture and a mild flavor.

People usually eat it raw, in salads, sandwiches, dips, or smoothies.

Avocado is good for hemorrhoids because it contains healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants.

A 7-ounce (201-gram) avocado can give you 14 grams of fiber (56% of your daily needs), 30 grams of monounsaturated fat (46% of your daily needs), and 28% of your daily needs of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.

Fiber can help prevent constipation and straining, which can aggravate hemorrhoids.

Monounsaturated fat can help lower cholesterol and inflammation, which can improve blood flow and reduce pressure on the veins.

Vitamin E can help protect the cells from oxidative stress and support wound healing.

Furthermore, avocado is a low-FODMAP food and a low-acid food.

FODMAPs are types of carbohydrates that can cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea in some people, especially those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Low-FODMAP foods are less likely to trigger these symptoms.

Low-acid foods can help prevent acid reflux, which can irritate the esophagus and the throat, and cause coughing and vomiting, which can increase pressure on the hemorrhoids.

You can eat one avocado per day safely.

More than that can cause weight gain, as avocados are high in calories (322 calories per 7-ounce avocado).

Excess weight can put more pressure on the pelvic and abdominal area, and increase the risk of hemorrhoids.

Also, you shouldn’t eat avocado if you have an allergy to it or to latex, to prevent anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction.

Because avocado contains a protein called chitinase, which is similar to the protein found in latex.

You can buy fresh avocados in your local market or can order them online.

Always choose avocados that are firm but yield to gentle pressure.

Because ripe avocados have the best flavor and texture.

You can store them in a cool, dry place for up to a week, or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing hemorrhoids effectively.

I always recommend my hemorrhoids patients to follow a hemorrhoids-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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