Eat avocado to improve cholesterol levels

New York, Feb 20 (IANS) Eating fresh avocados every day can significantly change lipid profiles and improve cholesterol levels, reveals a study conducted at the University of the Pacific at Stockton in California.

According to findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology, the use of avocados in lieu of solid fats and foods that have higher saturated fat content to significantly change lipid profiles.

“Fresh avocado, as part of a balanced diet and as a cholesterol-free substitute for solid fats can help be part of the solution for maintaining normal cholesterol levels,” said Nikki Ford, PhD, director of nutrition from Hass Avocado Board in the US.

“Beyond their naturally good fats, avocados are also a delicious way to boost fibre (eight percent of DV) and fruit intakes, both of which are under consumed in American diets,” Ford added.

The study looked at 10 unique avocado studies with 229 participants, assessing the impact of avocados on cholesterol levels.

The researchers found avocado consumption (1 to 1.5 per day) significantly reduced total cholesterol (TC), LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides (TG) — a type of fat found in your blood, when they were substituted for sources of saturated fat.

Additionally, avocado consumption did not impact HDL (good) cholesterol.

“This study supports the body of research showing the many benefits that fresh avocados have to offer when consumed in everyday healthy eating plans,” said Emiliano Escobedo, executive director, HAB.

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