By now, we all know that a little bit of healthy fat is good for us. But a lot might be even better—at least, in the case of this fruit.
Apparently, eating an entire creamy green fruit every day could significantly lower your cholesterol, say new avocado industry-funded findings published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers put 45 healthy, overweight adults on an average American diet (read: heavy on the saturated fat and carbs) for two weeks. Then, they switched them to a low fat (24 percent fat) or one of two moderate fat diets (34 percent fat) for five weeks. One of the moderate fat diets contained healthy fats like sunflower and canola oil; the other got the majority of its fat from one whole avocado per day.
Each of the new diets improved participants' LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), likely because all three were significantly lower in saturated fat than the average American diet. But the avocado eaters fared the best: Their LDL cholesterol dropped 13 points, compared to around 8 points for people on the low-fat or avocado-free moderate-fat diets.
Why? All sources of monounsaturated fat—including avocado—contain fatty acids that can help lower cholesterol and boost heart health. But according to the researchers, the guacamole staple seems to have additional cholesterol-lowering properties, like fiber and plant sterols, plus a type of sugar that might increase satiety. Read more on rodalesorganiclife.