An Avocado a Day…

Avocados

Avocados are an interesting fruit. Unlike, most fruits that are primarily composed of carbohydrates, avocados are high in fats. They are also high in fiber and potassium.

A recent study tested the effect of avocado consumption on cholesterol. Participants were put on one of three diets: a low-fat diet (24% fats), a moderate fat diet (34% fats) without avocados and a moderate fat diet with an avocado a day. All three diets showed a reduction in LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), but the avocado group showed the greatest reductions. The avocado group reduced LDL cholesterol by 14 mg/dL whereas the low-fat, and moderate fat groups saw 7 mg/dL and 8 mg/dL reductions respectively . Researchers also found lower total cholesterol, triglycerides, small dense LDL and non-HDL cholesterol in the avocado group.

Despite the benefits of avocados, your probably don’t want to add them to your diet so much as you want to use them to replace other less health options given that each avocado has about 200 calories. But, try your best. Let us know if you have any good recipes!

 

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