Avocado Study Finds Improved Cholesterol Ratios

By Mike Hornick | The Packer | January 08, 2015 |

A moderate-fat diet with one fresh avocado daily showed more improvement in some blood lipid markers than a similar or low-fat diet without avocado, a Pennsylvania State University study finds.

Funded by the Hass Avocado Board, the research was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. It evaluated whether a fresh avocado in the daily diet for five weeks could reduce bad cholesterol levels more than consuming monounsaturated fat from vegetable oils high in oleic acid instead of the avocado.

“The result of the study suggest that the monounsaturated fat, fiber, phytosterols and other dietary bioactives in avocados may provide greater benefits to cardiovascular disease risk factors compared to a calorie matched low-fat diet,” lead author and professor Penny Kris-Etherton said in a news release.

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