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   Feb 17

How eating avocado could save your life: Fruit ‘lowers cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease’

Scientists revealed swapping solid fats for avocado boosts your health

Eating avocado ‘significantly reduces’ cholesterol levels, study found

Lowering cholesterol and cutting out solid fats helps with weight loss
And, high cholesterol is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease

As a result, avocados reduce the risk of heart disease, scientists said

They are a great addition to a salad or smoothie.

But for many, the avocado has come to be seen as a guilty pleasure.

Though classed as a fruit, it is not typical in the fact that rather than being high in carbohydrate, avocados are high in fat.

Fat has long been hailed the dietary enemy number one, but as the tables turn and the scientific spotlight shines more acutely on sugar, so the benefits of the humble avocado are being realised.

A new study has revealed adding the green fruit to your diet can aid weight loss.

Furthermore, the fruit reduces a person’s risk of heart disease, according to scientists from the Hass Avocado Board, in California.

People who eat avocado – in lieu of solid fats – have ‘significantly reduced cholesterol levels,’ thereby lowering their risk of heart disease, according to scientists

Emiliano Escobedo, executive director, said: ‘This study supports the body of research showing the many benefits that fresh avocados have to offer when consumed in everyday healthy eating plans.’

The findings fall in line with recent recommendations from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The guidelines stated that making small shifts in food choices can make a difference – including shifting from solid fats to oils, such as the oil in fresh avocados.

The new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology, confirmed that swapping solid fats for avocados can ‘significantly change lipid profiles’.

Scientists analyzed 10 unique avocado studies with 229 participants.

The researchers assessed the impact of avocado on cholesterol levels.

They found that consuming one to one-and-a-half avocados per day ‘significantly reduced total cholesterol’.

Additionally, it also limited the ‘bad’ low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides when substituted for sources of fat.

Corresponding study author Dr Sachin Shah noted that the results showed that even healthy study subjects showed significant reductions.

Dr Nikki Ford, director of nutrition for Hass Avocado Board, said: ‘Fresh avocado, as part of a balanced diet, and as a cholesterol-free substitute for solid fats, can help be part of the solution for maintaining normal cholesterol levels.

Swapping out solid fats for avocado also changes a person’s ‘lipid profile’ – meaning that they are ingesting ‘good’ instead of ‘bad’ fats, according to scientists

‘Beyond their naturally good fats, avocados are also a delicious way to boost fiber… and fruit intakes, both of which are under consumed in American diets.’

Having high levels of bad cholesterol is known to be a major risk factor for heart disease, according to the study.

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for one out of every four deaths – and it is the number one killer of men and women.

Heart disease is also one of the leading causes of disability.

The study noted that additional research must be conducted to look at the impact of avocados on major adverse cardiovascular events.

Furthermore, the optimal amount of avocado and frequency of use needs further evaluation, the scientists noted.

Mr Escobedo said: ‘Clinical studies are currently underway to investigate the relationship between avocado consumption and risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, support of weight management and healthy living.’

Source: Daily Mail

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