Just One Avocado A Day Can (Significantly) Lower Your Cholesterol – TheHealthPunch

Just One Avocado A Day Can (Significantly) Lower Your Cholesterol

Long known as the one of the best food sources for healthy fats, our friend the avocado has a fantastic new benefit; eating one of these superfoods in a day can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering your cholesterol. If it sounds insane, you’re not the only one!

New Study Findings

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Mediterranean diet, which is designed to lower cholesterol with high amounts of olive oil and nuts. Avocados are very similar in their effect on the body, with plaque-breaking mono-unsaturated fatty acids. A recent study conducted by the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Committee, and published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, included a group of 45 Americans who were all overweight, but had healthy levels of both blood pressure and cholesterol. Take a look at the video below, courtesy of NBC’s The Today Show.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

After controlling everything that the participants ate, the other details included three separate groups: “One was a lower-fat diet without avocado, another was a moderate-fat diet without avocado, and the third added one avocado per day to the moderate-fat diet.” After five weeks, there wasn’t a single member of any group that lost any body weight — but remember that fat loss isn’t the goal here. Instead, the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels all were affected.

fancy_avocado

That third group, eating one avocado every day? They saw a decline average of 13 points compared to everyone else (8.3 points for moderate fat/no avocado; 7.4 on lower fat diet). That amount of a decline is extraordinary; particularly because it’s due to the manipulation of just one food item in a five-week time period.

Importance Of Heart Health

Consider this — American should be aiming to keep there total cholesterol below 200 (though it’s best to even be below 180), with LDL counts below 100. When adding avocados in, you’re not only getting that cholesterol-busting quality, but also fantastic nutrients such as fiber, phytosterols and polyphenols — which contribute even further to your overall heart health.

avocado_slice

Granted, the one thing to consider, again, is that this news does not relate to weight loss. This is all about your your heart, not necessarily your waistline. One avocado, though packed with great benefits, also comes at a cost of anywhere between 200-250 calories. That may seem a lot, but when you’re talking about your long-term heart health, you should definitely be making strides to add one to your daily diet!

Tell Us What You Think

FROM THE WEB


 
 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

close
Like TheHealthPunch on Facebook
Get it in your News Feed before everyone else.