Daily avocado helps keep cholesterol down

January, 2015

A small study involving 45 healthy, overweight or obese adults aged 21-70 has found that a diet including a daily Hass avocado was more effective than other cholesterol-reducing diets. Participants followed each of three diets for five weeks: one containing 24% fats and two containing 34% fats, one of which included an avocado and the other a comparable amount of high oleic acid oils (e.g. olive oil). There was a two-week break between each diet.

The avocado diet decreased bad cholesterol by 13.5 mg/dL, while LDL was decreased by 8.3 mg/dL on the moderate-fat diet and by 7.4 mg/dL on the low-fat diet.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-01/ps-aaa010715.php

Wang, L., Bordi, P. L., Fleming, J. A., Hill, A. M., & Kris Etherton, P. M. (2015). Effect of a Moderate Fat Diet With and Without Avocados on Lipoprotein Particle Number, Size and Subclasses in Overweight and Obese Adults: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Heart Association, 4(1), e001355. http://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.114.001355

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