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Are avocados safe for those on Coumadin (warfarin)?

I love all green vegetables and especially avocados. I am on Coumadin (warfarin). I am hearing conflicting reports on my being able to eat avocados. I love avocado sandwiches and would eat them every day and give up meat altogether. Do I have to give them up? I am already feeling deprived of all my green foods.

Dr. Gourmet Says...

Avocados are really good for you. While they do have a lot of calories and are high in fat we know that the monounsaturated fats are really good for you. They do contain a moderate amount of Vitamin K, however. A half cup of slices (about 3 ounces) will have 15 micrograms (mcg) of Vitamin K. That's a reasonable amount of Vitamin K. Note that most of the 117 calories in that half cup is from fat at about 100 calories with a whopping 7 grams of monounsaturated fat.

You can find out more about avocados on the Dr. Gourmet web site.

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.
Dr. Gourmet