Avocado has taken the food health industry by storm, from avocado smoothies to avocado on toast, people love incorporating this fruit into a healthy diet.
However, on the slimming world diet, this friendly avocado is not classed as very healthy, with the average avocado coming in at 14 syns and 9.5 syns for 100g of avocado flesh itself.
In our Slimming World guide below we will cover why syns per avocado are so high, some avocado ideas for your favourite breakfast and a few alternatives if you don't want to use all your syns on this food.
Let's get into it!
First off, you might still be in shock, yes, the health food avocado is extremely high in syns, and as every avocado differs in size, you need to be weighing out the avocado flesh instead for a more accurate syn calculation.
For example, if your avocado weighs 90g but you only have half then the syns would only be 3.5 for the friendly avocado, so not much more than butter, in the case of avocado on slimming world, you just have to be sure you are tracking and eating the food in moderation.
Avocados are high in syns because they are high in fat which contributes to calories 77% of avocados calories come from its fat content, with 100g coming in at around 120 calories. This makes them high in syns, as it could affect your slimming world weight loss if eaten in high portions on the diet.
Just because avocado is high in syns on the slimming world diet doesn't mean that a few slices of avocado here and there can't be incorporated into your diet, a matter of fact, they have a huge number of health benefits being great for the heart and very nutrient-dense.
We've listed two types of healthy avocado breakfast dishes to try below which are low in syns.
For this avocado on toast, the meal will come in around 9 syns or less depending on the size and weight of the slices of avocado, you will also use wholemeal bread so you should count this as your healthy extra B to cut back on syns.
This Slimming World avocado breakfast bowl comes in at only 3.5 syns and serves two people, making it an excellent low syn Sunday breakfast idea.
If an avocado is not your kind of fruit or you want something lower in syns to put on your toast as your healthy extra b in the morning we've listed some other alternatives to try out with their syn values down below.
Are avocados fattening?
Avocados are high in fat but we would not class them as fattening unless they are eaten out of moderation, they contain a source of a healthy fat called unsaturated fats which are great for heart health.
How many calories does the average avocado have?
Depending on the size, an avocado could have calories between 250-350 if you eat a whole one, for 100g of flesh you are looking at around 120 calories in total.
You should always be measuring your avocado out to make sure you are not eating it over your allowed syns as this kind of food is very calories and fat dense.
How do you eat avocado?
You can eat avocado as it is with a spoon, taking the flesh from the skin, mashed on toast or as slices on top of your chosen food.
Does wholemeal bread count as healthy extra B?
Yes, a slice of wholemeal bread does count for your healthy extra B, wholemeal thins are also a great option.
How many syns does the slimming world allow per day?
This depends on your starting weight and gender, but for most people, they have an allowance of 15 syns per day, this is all the food which you have to log which is not on the free food list, healthy extra A list or healthy extra B list.
Overall, avocado is high in syns due to it being dense in fat and calories, slimming world has made it high in syns to protect slimmers from impacting their weight loss with these foods due to their high syn value.
Avocados can still be enjoyed as part of the slimming world diet with our recipes above, but you just need to make sure you are measuring and weighing your amounts and logging them as syns as a few slices of avocado could even set you back around 9 syns in total.