Cats and Dogs star and breast cancer survivor Christina Applegate has gone public with her pregnancy, including the details of her food cravings. On top of Applegate’s list is something that seems to be a pretty common pregnancy craving: Avocado. She is so obsessed, she refers to this as her “avocado problem”.
I know I was nuts for avocado during my pregnancies. I used to eat them with salt, and if I was feeling really indulgent, a drizzle of good olive oil. What is it about this fruit—and strange as it may seem, that is the official category the avocado falls under—that drives so many pregnant women wild?
One likely answer is fat. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats, the “Good Fats” we are all encouraged to eat in place of the unhealthy ones that clog our arteries. They also contain a bunch of other nutrients, including folate (folic acid) and Vitamin K, which is helpful in blood clotting (and given as a routine injection to babies born in U.S. hospitals.
I’m a big believer in the idea that cravings are often based in the body’s need for some nutrient or other (though certainly, they can come from emotional places as well). Avocado sometimes gets a bad rap for its high caloric value. (Which may be why the Hollywood slim Applegate’s been bemoaning her avocado desires on twitter.) But I’d say those are calories well spent, and a craving way too healthy to ignore. Some nutritionists suggest that avocado is a perfect food staple for pregnancy. So maybe Christina Applegate and the legions of other pregnant women who crave avocado are channeling this information subconsciously!