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An avocado a day to keep bad cholesterol at bay.

Benefits of avocado | Live better

Research published in the journal of the American Heart Association invites those who are obese, overweight, and have high bad cholesterol to include delicious avocados in their diet. With one a day and eating a diet that limits the amount of saturated fat, bad cholesterol can be kept under control.

If you are one of those who cannot refuse the temptation of eating a delicious guacamole, do not feel guilty, much less if you have high cholesterol. A study conducted at Pennsylvania State University in the United States discovered that replacing the saturated fats that are abundant in the diet of many people with weight problems and heart problems, with the unsaturated fat in avocados, has a beneficial effect on health.

According to specialists, saturated fats increase bad cholesterol levels, and consequently, the risk of heart disease. In contrast, avocado, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, plays an important role in reducing bad cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.

The study evaluated 45 healthy, overweight or obese patients between 21 and 70 years old, who consumed a high-fat diet (which is typical in the United States) for two weeks. Then, their diet was changed to a low-fat diet without avocado, a moderate-fat diet without avocado, and a moderate-fat diet that included one avocado per day.

Specifically, it was observed that bad cholesterol (LDL) was lower when the diet with avocado was consumed compared to the diet that did not include it. In addition, it was proven, through blood tests, that avocado also reduces total cholesterol and triglycerides.

This demonstrates the benefits of this delicious food in preventing heart problems. However, the researchers warned that more studies are needed to confirm whether the beneficial effects are observed in the same way in the rest of the people who are not overweight and have high cholesterol. In any case, it was confirmed that consuming avocados is undoubtedly a healthy habit.

So you can include them in your diet without guilt, of course in moderation, due to their fat content. They are delicious and as you can see, they provide benefits to your heart health.

"Because prevention is better than cure"

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