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Avocados Can Help Prevent Heart Disease, New Study Shows

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Avocados Can Help Prevent Heart Disease, New Study Shows

Here’s a good reason to enjoy more guacamole. A new study shows that eating avocados is actually good for your heart.

It turns out that regular consumption of avocados can help treat high cholesterol, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. These are the findings of researchers after they analyzed 100 published studies about how avocados affect various aspects of metabolic syndrome.

Avocados keep cholesterol, heart disease away.

According to a report from TIME, metabolic syndrome is said to be “the new silent killer” in today’s society. In fact, a report from AARP reveals that metabolic syndrome affects as much as 40 percent of Americans aged 40 and older. The disease is characterized by a combination of three or more risk factors from diabetes and heart disease. These include having high blood glucose, high blood pressure and a large waist circumference.

The review was conducted by a group of Iranian researchers who published their analysis of 129 previously published studies in the Phytotherapy Research journal. According to their analysis, avocados can affect a person cholesterol levels. These include their HDL (good) cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, phospolipids, triglycerides and total cholesterol.

“The lipid-lowering, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anti-obesity, antithrombotic, antiatherosclerotic, and cardioprotective effects of avocado have been demonstrated in several studies,” according to their review. At the same time, these researchers have also found that avocados are capable of treating nearly every aspect of metabolic syndrome.

Daily consumption of avocado is recommended.

Meanwhile, they also emphasized that avocados are rich in a lot of things that are good for us. These include minerals, phenolics, vitamins, fatty acids and carotenoids. This is exactly why they are recommending that everyone consume a serving of avocados on a regular basis. Luckily, America is already consuming more avocados than it did before. In fact, avocado consumption in the country went up by 1,342 percent between 1970 and 2014.

As far as avocados go, incorporating them regularly into your diet is a lot easier than you might think. You can put a few slices on your toast for breakfast. You can also use it as a topping for any of your favorite salads. Meanwhile, feel free to also enjoy avocados as guacamole. Just don’t eat too much chips.

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