If you're an avocado lover, you'll be happy to know that new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has found that eating one avocado a day as part of a heart-healthy, cholesterol-lowering, moderate-fat diet could help keep heart problems at bay!
According to the research, eating an avocado a day can stave off heart problems in overweight and obese individuals by improving bad cholesterol levels in overweight. Read on for the full scoop!
Researchers studied the effect of avocado on risk factors for heart problems...
To reach their findings, the researchers behind the study evaluated the effects of avocado on novel and traditional risk factors for heart problems. They did this by replacing saturated fatty acids from a typical American diet with unsaturated fatty acids from avocados.
The researchers divided 45 healthy but overweight
or obese participants between ages 21 and 70 into three different cholesterol
-lowering diet groups. The three groups were as follows: A lower fat
diet without avocado, a moderate-fat
diet without avocado and a moderate-fat diet with one avocado per day.
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The French are renowned for their high fat diet.
From buttery croissants and double-thick cream to duck fat, liver paté, decadent sauces and soft, oozy Camembert. Not a meal goes by where they don’t indulge foods rich in heart-clogging fat.
But here’s the surprising thing:
Their hearts are amazingly healthy!
In fact, according to the World Health Organisation, the average South African is three times more likely to suffer from heart problems than the French.
Even more surprising, their heart health stats are the third lowest in the world – just behind Korea and Japan.
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The participants in each group followed an average American diet with 34% of their calories coming from fat, 51% from carbohydrates and 16% from protein for two weeks before they started on of the three cholesterol
-lowering diets. Each of the participants consumed one of the three test diets for five weeks.
Study concludes that eating an avocado a day can keep heart problems away
After the five-week diet period, the researchers found that compared to the baseline average American diet, LDL – the so-called bad cholesterol – was 13.5 mg/dL lower after consuming the moderate fat diet that included an avocado a day.
They also found that several additional blood measurements were healthier after the avocado diet versus the other two diets: Triglycerides, total cholesterol, small dense LDL and non-HDL cholesterol. All of these measurements are considered cardio-metabolic risk factors in ways that are independent of the heart-healthy fatty acid effects, according to Penny M Kris-Etherton, senior author of the study and Chair of the American Heart Association's Nutrition Committee and Distinguished Professor of Nutrition at Pennsylvania State University in the United States.
Kris-Etherton concluded that people need to focus on eating a cholesterol-lowering diet that includes avocados and other nutrient-rich food sources of healthy fats to slash their risk of heart problems.