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Are Avocados Acidic? (Bad For Acid Reflux?)

Oh, avocados, the beloved fruit of Millennials and Californians. Okay, more than Millennials and Californians love avocados.

This fruit is versatile and perfect for incorporating into a healthy diet. The health benefits of eating avocados are very apparent, and you can eat avocados in several ways.

If you suffer from acid reflux disease, heartburn symptoms, or just the occasional acid reflux, you’re probably searching for foods that won’t cause you any discomfort. Are avocados acidic or alkaline?

Are Avocados Acidic?

While the taste of a plain avocado is incredibly mild, avocados are acidic. The pH of avocados ranges from 6.27 to 6.58. The pH scale for food classified anything less than 7, acidic, and anything more than 7.99 alkaline. Avocados are on the acidic side of the scale, but they’re very close to neutral, which is why many people would never know that avocados are acidic fruits.

Typically, foods close to the neutral rating on the pH scale rarely cause any acid reflux symptoms, but do avocados have the same effects?

Health Benefits of Avocados

Avocados are primarily carb-heavy, but they’re also high in healthy fats. One serving of avocado has 15 grams of healthy fats, making them a great addition to your diet.

Not only are avocados a great source of carbs and healthy fats, but there are also other valuable nutrients and vitamins. Some of the vitamins in avocados are vitamin K, vitamin B5 and B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, and folate.

Are Avocados Acidic?
Are Avocados Acidic?

A large number of people in the world have a potassium deficiency. This vital mineral is important to help regulate your blood pressure and other bodily functions.

Did you know that avocados have more potassium per serving than bananas? Usually, when someone has low potassium, people tell them to eat a banana.

While bananas are a great source of this mineral, you can get a lot of potassium from them if you love avocados.

It’s well known that avocados are a high-fat food. Over 70% of the calories in avocados come from fast. That percentage means they’re one of the fattiest foods.

Most of the fat in this fruit is a monounsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid. Oleic acid is known to reduce inflammation in the body and have positive effects on cancer genes.

For the most part, everyone knows that heart disease is the number one killer worldwide. Eating avocados can help reduce your harmful cholesterol levels, raise your good cholesterol levels, and regulate your blood pressure.

Eating avocados can keep your eyes healthy. This fruit is high in antioxidants. Eating foods that are high in antioxidants has been proven to help reduce the risk of developing cataracts and other eye damage that is common in older adults.

Do Avocados Cause Acid Reflux or Heartburn?

I’m sure you think that there’s no way this mild fruit can cause acid reflux or heartburn—unfortunately, this isn’t the case.

Do Avocados Cause Acid Reflux or Heartburn?
Do Avocados Cause Acid Reflux or Heartburn?

Of course, when you eat avocados in conjunction with other highly acidic foods, your likelihood of experiencing these symptoms will increase.

But even eating avocados plain or with alkaline foods can cause discomfort.

When you eat avocados, it stimulates a hormone in your body that relaxes the esophageal sphincter. In addition, eating avocados slows down the emptying of your stomach, meaning the acid reflux and heartburn can last for a longer time.

Now, everyone’s body is different. Even if two people have acid reflux disease, one person may have a severe reaction to eating avocados while the other person doesn’t. If you don’t have acid reflux disease or have never experienced these symptoms when eating acidic foods, you shouldn’t have any issues when eating avocados.

Where Are The Most Avocados Produced?

In the United States, most of us think California is the ultimate producer of avocados in the world.

While California does produce the most avocados out of all the states in the United States, it’s not the leading producer in the world. California does produce around 95% of the United States avocado crops.

Mexico is the top avocado-producing country in the world. Following behind Mexico is The Dominican Republic and then in third place, Peru.

Mexico is the top avocado-producing country

Columbia is close in production with Peru by only a few thousand tons.

Avocado Dessert Recipes

When you’re following a healthy lifestyle, the craving for sweets can be overpowering. You shouldn’t restrict yourself from things you love but if you’re looking for some unique, tasty, and healthy desserts, try making some out of avocados. I know it sounds wild, but don’t knock it until you try it.

Did you know you can make chocolate pudding with avocados? The creamy and rich texture of avocados makes it the perfect ingredient to make pudding.

You’ll add quite a bit of cocoa powder to give it the chocolate flavor you’re craving, but when you have a constant sweet tooth, this is the perfect healthy solution.

Add some sliced bananas to the top, and you have a delicious banana chocolate pudding.

Are you a huge cheesecake fan? You’ll have to try the avocado key lime cheesecake. This recipe is perfect because you don’t even need to bake it.

The creamy avocado makes the ideal addition to a cheesecake, and this is the perfect summertime dessert.

How Many Types of Avocados Are There?

There are over 500 varieties of avocados in the world. Of these 500 varieties of avocados, the most common avocados are the Hass, Gwen, Reed, Pinkerton, and Bacon.

How Long Does it Take to Grow Avocados?

If you’re thinking about adding an avocado tree or two to your backyard in the hopes of having fresh avocados, you’ll need to be very patient.

Once you plant an avocado seed, you may not see a fully developed avocado tree for three or four years.

Growing avocado in a glass
Growing avocado in a glass

Even if you begin seeing a tree forming after three or four years, it can take anywhere from five to 13 years before your tree is able to produce avocados.

While it can take years before you begin seeing fresh avocados in your backyard, once you have a mature tree, as long as you take care of it, it can survive for almost 400 years.

Don’t know what to drink? We made a list of more than 20 most and least acidic juices and 20+ alcoholic drinks ranked by acidity levels.