Packed with an array of vitamins, nutrients and good fats, it’s no secret that avocados are one of the most desirable superfoods in the produce aisle. Need another reason to make a bowl of guacamole right this second? Scientists are now saying that avocado is even healthier than previously believed, and that eating it every day reduces the risk of heart disease.
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Iranian researchers analyzed 129 previously published studies to gain further insight into the relationship between avocado consumption and metabolic syndrome, which is defined as the cluster of risk factors that increases the risk of developing diabetes, stroke and heart disease. These risk factors include high blood pressure, elevated blood fat levels, insulin resistance, unusually high levels of C-reactive protein, abdominal obesity and abnormally high levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 or fibrinogen in your blood.
The researchers determined that the fleshy fruit — yes, it’s technically a fruit — lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol and raises good (HDL) cholesterol while influencing triglycerides, total cholesterol and phospholipids in a beneficial way. “The lipid-lowering, anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti-obesity, anti-thrombotic, anti-atherosclerotic and cardioprotective effects of avocado have been demonstrated in several studies,” researchers concluded.
And it’s not just the flesh that’s beneficial — the peel, seed and leaves all play a part in reducing the risk of health problems. No wonder most of the previously published studies encourage daily avo consumption. Not that we’re complaining.
Yet because avocado is so high in dietary fat, many people worry about consuming it on a daily basis. But according to Health.com, research shows that “people who eat more avocados weigh less and have smaller waists than those who don’t, even when they don’t consume fewer calories overall.” Are you as psyched as we are?
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If you are looking for a place to get your daily dose of the beneficial fruit, consider heading over to the world’s first avocado bar, Avocaderia in Brooklyn. At its recent opening the restaurant reportedly went through 200 avocados and sold out of every item on the menu by 2 p.m.
Or if you’d like to get your fix at home, head here for some delicious recipes, including avocado chocolate mousse, avocado toast and avocado stuffed with shrimp ceviche.
What Do YOU Think?
Is avocado a part of your daily diet? Will this new research motivate you to up your daily avocado intake? What is your favorite way to eat avocado?