Iranian researchers link eating avocado to metabolic syndrome prevention
The study was conducted by a team of Iranian researchers who looked at 129 previously published studies that investigated the effects of eating avocado on different components of metabolic syndrome.
While the majority of these studies involved eating the fleshy part of the avocado, some included avocado pits, peels, seeds, leaves and oil.
The researchers found that eating avocado is particularly beneficial for maintaining healthy cholesterol
levels. They also found that the creamy fruit affects numerous different measurements, including LDL (bad) cholesterol
, HDL (good) cholesterol, total cholesterol, triglycerides and phospholipids.
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Study concludes that eating avocado every day can help fight every aspect of metabolic syndrome
In addition to avocado’s cholesterol-lowering effects, researchers noted that, “The lipid-lowering, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anti-obesity
, antithrombotic, antiatherosclerotic, and cardioprotective effects of avocado have been demonstrated in several studies.”
In other words, eating avocado can help combat pretty much every aspect of metabolic syndrome – especially if you eat the fruit every day, as recommended in most of these studies.
Cynthia Sass, RD, MPH, commented on the findings: “This is just yet another study to show that avocados truly deserve superfood
status.” She highlights that avocados can help prevent belly fat
– the most dangerous type of fat
to carry that’s associated with both diabetes
and heart disease
While avocados may be high in fat, they’re super-satiating and therefore you’re unlikely to go overboard and eat too much. ““It’s almost like they have a built-in stop-gap,” Sass added.
Other research has associated eating avocado with weight loss
Past studies suggest that people who eat avocado regularly enjoy more weight loss
and have smaller waists compared to those who don’t, even when they don’t consume fewer calories overall. Sass points out that this is yet another example of how not all calories are created equal.
Another bonus? Avocados are chockfull of nutrition – think antioxidants
, vitamins, minerals, fibre and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. And, as this new study notes, they’re safer and better tolerated than synthetic metabolic syndrome medications.
Ready to get your avocado fix? Whip the fruit into green smoothies, use it to make super-trendy avocado toast and guacamole, add it to sandwiches and wraps or use it as a topping for pizza. You can even use avocado as a butter substitute in some baking recipes. You may have never tried avocado in these ways, but you’re sure to love it!