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Monday 21 October 2019

Victoria Beckham's four-a-day avocado habit for glowing skin is not all it's cracked up to be

Over-cado? Victoria says she eats four avocados a day to maintain her glowing complexion. Photo: PA
Over-cado? Victoria says she eats four avocados a day to maintain her glowing complexion. Photo: PA
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

This week, Victoria Beckham revealed the secrets behind her dewy glow - wolfing down four avocados a day.

The fashion designer said the fruits contain healthy fats which keep her complexion looking ship shape.

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Avocados are packed full of vitamins and minerals that are great for your skin. They're full of healthy monosaturated fats and vitamins B, E and C.

Vitamin C is needed to make collagen, the protein that keeps skin plump and elastic, while vitamin E is an antioxidant which helps protect skin from the sun's ultraviolet rays.

But eating four of the fruits a day is not advisable for the average Joe and Josephine Soap looking for a glow-up.

The main reason is the high fat content. An avocado contains around 300 calories, 22 grams of fat and 10 grams of fibre, which is a very respectable 40pc of your daily fibre goal (for a 2,000-calorie diet).

That means Victoria is consuming 1,200 calories from avocados alone. Given her diminutive size, you'd imagine that would leave little room for much else.

Registered dietitian and founder of Inside Out Nutrition, Gillian McConnell, advises against following Posh's routine.

"If that is her diet, then I suspect she must not be eating much else," says Gillian.

"It is full of healthy fats but it is highly calorific," she explains. "It sounds far too much all round. Extremes are not the way to go in relation to diet. Only eating one food group over an extended period of time is not healthy.

Gillian says it would be extremely difficult to maintain a trim physique eating so much avocado.

She also warns against 'mono diets' - where people become reliant on consuming one food or food group.

Celebrities tend to be prone to them - Ashton Kutcher landed in hospital after following Steve Jobs's fruitarian diet.

"Variety is the key," says Gillian. "By limiting your diet, you are limiting the omega oils, nutrients and vitamins you get from having a varied and balanced diet."

Avocados are also low in protein and we all need protein to help build and repair skin cells. It would be better to have half an avocado a day to keep your visage looking fresh, rather than horsing down close to 30 a week.

Plus, Posh's four-a-day diet ensures that meal time will get very predictable (how much avocado toast and guacamole can you eat?).

It seems likely that other factors ensure Victoria has flawless skin: good genetics, staying hydrated, getting a good night's sleep, and implementing a foolproof skincare regime.

Nutritionist Orla Walsh agrees. "I'm extremely surprised to hear that Victoria Beckham is eating four avocados a day," she says. "She's so slim and they're so fatty. It seems unlikely that she's eating so many of them."

Plus, there are ethical reasons why we should all cut back on avocados. In recent years, there have been growing concerns that Latin American imports are damaging the environment and funding Mexican drug cartels.

Drug cartels have reportedly infiltrated the industry and run extortion rackets, preying on producers.

"Aside from anything else there are plenty of sustainability reasons why you shouldn't be consuming that many avocados," says Orla.

"And it's important to think of the planet."

Irish Independent

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