An Avocado a Day Keeps Cholesterol Away [Study]

Avocados are exceptional food. They’re not only creamily delicious and incredibly versatile in the kitchen, but they’re also so good for us. All that fat can help you to lose weight (yes!), boost brain power and give your skin and hair a healthy sheen. Now, there’s another avocado benefit you’re going to love: reduced cholesterol.

That’s the finding of a new study that concludes eating just one avocado per day could reduce your risk of developing high cholesterol and can reverse it if you’re already battling high LDL levels.

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Published in the recent issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association, the researchers studied 45 overweight or obese adults who were otherwise healthy. The subjects followed three different cholesterol-lowering diets over five weeks: a low fat diet with 24 percent of calories from fat and did not include avocado, and two moderate fat diets with 34 percent of calories coming from fat. Only one of the moderate fat diets included avocado.

While all three diets did show a decrease in LDL cholesterol (that’s the lousy stuff, by the way—low-density lipoprotein), those participants who consumed avocado had the lowest reduction. The avocado-eating group saw a ten percent drop in LDL versus just 5 percent in low-fat group and 6 percent in the moderate fat group. Avocado eaters also showed lower overall cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

The researchers note that there may be an element in avocados besides its healthy fat content that led to the significant drop in cholesterol.

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And it’s important to note that the Hass Avocado Board partially funded the study and the subjects consumed Hass avocados. The researchers say they would have published the results even if they weren’t positive for the avocado industry.

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By Jill Ettinger| January 22, 2015
Categories:  Eat

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Jill Ettinger

Jill Ettinger

Jill Ettinger is a freelance journalist and marketing specialist primarily focused on the organic and natural industries, she bridges her love for changing the food system with her lifelong passion for writing and connecting people in their shared values. You can connect with Jill on Twitter and Instagram.

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