DALLAS, Tex – Eating one avocado a day as part of a heart healthy, cholesterol-lowering moderate-fat diet can help improve bad cholesterol levels in overweight and obese individuals, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Researchers evaluated the effect avocados had on traditional and novel cardiovascular risk factors by replacing saturated fatty acids from an average American diet with unsaturated fatty acids from avocados. Forty-five healthy, overweight or obese patients between the ages of 21 and 70 were put on three different cholesterol-lowering diets: lower fat diet without avocado, moderate-fat diet without avocado, and moderate-fat diet with one avocado per day. Good news for avocado lovers – the results indicate that when compared to the baseline average American diet, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or ‘bad cholesterol, was 13.5 mg/dL lower after consuming the moderate fat diet that included an avocado.
For more information about eating a diet rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats like those found in nuts and avocados, visit www.heart.org.