Researchers at the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee say that a day avocado can reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the blood, thereby reducing the risk of heart attack. Avocado-containing diets can also improve other blood lipids associated with heart disease. This is because avocados can replace unhealthy fats in the diet with healthy fats.
The researchers selected 45 participants with different levels of physical fitness, aged between 21 and 70. All participants consumed a two-week regular diet before taking three dietary tests to lower cholesterol levels. Subsequently, they were assigned to three diet groups, a low-fat diet group without avocados, a moderate fat diet group without avocados, and an appropriate diet diet for avocados per day for five weeks. The results showed that people who consumed a diet plan containing avocado had a lower LDL of 13.5 mg/dL compared to the usual diet, which is equivalent to a 10% decrease in their content. In addition, their total cholesterol and triglyceride levels are also more favorable.
The results of this study indicate that monounsaturated fatty acids, dietary fiber and phytosterols contained in avocados are compounds that benefit heart health.