When your taste buds know best: Avocados are the perfect pregnancy food, according to science

  • Avocados have long been heralded as the health answer to everything
  • However, new research suggests they're a must-eat for pregnant women
  • The research says they contain the right vitamins, fibre and anti-oxidants 

Avocados have long been heralded as the answer to everything, from smooth skin to supple nails, good hair, a healthy lifestyle and more.

But what if Australia's favourite fruit had yet another hidden power up its sleeve?

Just when you thought they couldn't get any better for you, according to a new study, avocados are a must-eat for pregnant women.

Secret super power: Avocados have long been heralded as the answer to everything - but a new study suggests they are the perfect food for pregnancy (pictured)

Secret super power: Avocados have long been heralded as the answer to everything - but a new study suggests they are the perfect food for pregnancy (pictured)

Big boost: Packed with minerals, antioxidants, dietary fibre and vitamins, they are a great natural source of folate, a B vitamin known to help prevent birth defects when taken during pregnancy

Big boost: Packed with minerals, antioxidants, dietary fibre and vitamins, they are a great natural source of folate, a B vitamin known to help prevent birth defects when taken during pregnancy

Packed with minerals, antioxidants, dietary fibre and vitamins, they are a great natural source of folate, a B vitamin known to help prevent birth defects when taken during pregnancy.

The new research, which is part of a broader effort to overhaul nutrition guidelines for pregnant women and children under two years old, examined previous research.

This research suggested that avocados in particular are a 'unique nutrition source for pregnant and lactating women and, thus, should be considered for inclusion in future dietary recommendations for expecting and new mothers.'

Exciting times: This research suggested that avocados in particular are a 'unique nutrition source for pregnant and lactating women and, thus, should be considered for inclusion in future dietary recommendations for expecting and new mothers'

Exciting times: This research suggested that avocados in particular are a 'unique nutrition source for pregnant and lactating women and, thus, should be considered for inclusion in future dietary recommendations for expecting and new mothers'

The study, published in Nutrients this week, finds that avocados work well in both low-glycemic and Mediterranean-style diets, which are known to be antioxidant-rich and to contain what are often called 'good' fats.

While avocados don't typically have a place in a traditional Mediterranean diet, the report argues that they fit well and comply with the restraints of such a diet, giving people necessary vitamins and anti-oxidants.

The researchers admitted that avocado needs to be studied further to determine if it should be directly included in the USDA food recommendations.

Dietary must-have: The study finds that avocados work well in both low-glycemic and Mediterranean-style diets, which are known to be antioxidant-rich and to contain what are often called 'good' fats

Dietary must-have: The study finds that avocados work well in both low-glycemic and Mediterranean-style diets, which are known to be antioxidant-rich and to contain what are often called 'good' fats

But they say that:

'Avocados offer a range of beneficial nutrients that can make a substantial contribution to a nutrient-rich diet when offered as a staple food for the periconceptional period, as well as during pregnancy and lactation.' 

So rejoice! And don't quit your avocado on toast habit as soon as you get pregnant.

Turns out sometimes your taste buds really do know best.