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There have been many times when I have been asked if the consumption of avocados is a recommendation that I would support.
Of course it is!
The consumption of this fruit has been a pat of the Mediterranean diet for centuries and is one of the strong nutritional influences of this style of eating which has led to the associated reduction in disease risk and enhanced longevity in those who have chosen to eat this way.
Avocados are very different in comparison to other tree-bearing fruit. Although avocados contain high concentrations of minerals and antioxidants, they are approximately 80% fat by weight.
Although this sounds rather ominous, it’s actually a very good thing. Avocados contain monosaturated fats of the omega-9 family also contained in higher concentrations in olive oil.
Recent research evidence has clearly demonstrated that the daily consumption of avocados can lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Of great interest is the effect that the regular consumption of avocados has upon the HDL (good) cholesterol levels in your blood. The same research has also indicted that the consumption of avocados can actually increase HDL levels significantly!
These facts are extremely important for the 25% of the North American population who has the metabolic syndrome. This condition is also known as pre-diabetes but shares the same risk factors such as heart disease, heart attack and stroke as does full-blown type-2 diabetes.
The metabolic syndrome is a cluster of the following:
- High total cholesterol
- High LDL cholesterol
- High triglycerides
- Low HDL cholesterol
- Insulin resistance
- High-normal blood sugar
- Increased waist circumference
- Positive family history
- High blood pressure
The metabolic syndrome is also completely treatable and reversible with lifestyle intervention alone!
Recent research has indicated that a daily serving of one avocado can lower blood lipids, reduce blood pressure, body fat, decrease inflammation and improve insulin resistance.
Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director, The Vitality Project