Who doesn’t love a rich, creamy, delicious avocado? Guacamole anyone? Some people might love the taste of avocado, but avoid it because of the fat. Great news avocado lovers! thanks to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Avocado, which is actually in the fruit family, is rich in healthy fats, so you can put your fatty fears aside.
If you want to lower your cholesterol, eat an avocado a day
In a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, if you include one avocado a day, you can lower your levels of cholesterol and boost cardio health by mitigating cardio-metabolic risk factors. (1)
This study, termed “Effect of a Moderate Fat Diet With and Without Avocados […]” included a randomized controlled feeding schedule with 45 overweight and obese participants. When compared with a baseline, the reduction in cholesterol in those who consumed one avocado per day was greater.
Penny Kris-Etherton, chair of the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Committee, highlighted the importance of quality vs. quantity, “We’re seeing that it’s better for people to have good fats in their diet at the expense of saturated fat.” (2)
Hoping for a boost in your overall health? Grab an avocado and reap the health happy benefits!
If you delight in snack of guacamole, studies urge you to continue indulging guilt-free. In a review of data garnered from federal government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES 2001-2006), Victor Fulgoni, researcher and senior Vice President at Nutrition Impact, LLC discovered something interesting. Of 273 participants who reported recent consumption of avocado, “nutrient intake was found to be significantly higher than other participants for several vitamins (vitamin E and vitamin K), several minerals (potassium and magnesium), and at least one desirable macronutrient (total dietary fiber).” (3)
Even more surprising, the avocado fans (those who ate them regularly) were lower in weight and lower in body mass index than non-consumers!
The monounsaturated fat – considered a good fat – found in avocados lowers the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood, and also reduces your risk of stroke and heart disease. (4)
The fact that avocados are loaded with healthy protein, vitamins and minerals, and dietary fiber only elevates their starring role as a superfood.
As with this and all health related news, please trust your own judgment. We are researchers citing studies that appear hopeful, connecting dots where we see them. We can’t be sure any of it will work. In fact we cannot ensure that any of the research is not financially or otherwise biased. Because of course, you can find studies supporting mainstream treatments as well.
But know for certain…we care about people, and we share this information for the exciting possibilities of a better life for the people we love and care about, which includes you. By emerging yourself into positive news on the topic of health, we feel that the best answer for you will surface. Best of luck in your journey towards optimal health!
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A science enthusiast with a keen interest in health nutrition, Antonia has been intensely researching various dieting routines for several years now, weighing their highs and their lows, to bring readers the most interesting info and news in the field. While she is very excited about a high raw diet, she likes to keep a fair and balanced approach towards non-raw methods of food preparation as well.
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