How eating avocado could save your life

They are a great addition to a salad or smoothie.

But for many, the avocado has come to be seen as a guilty pleasure.

Though classed as a fruit, it is not typical in the fact that rather than being high in carbohydrate, avocados are high in fat.

Fat has long been hailed the dietary enemy number one, but as the tables turn and the scientific spotlight shines more acutely on sugar, so the benefits of the humble avocado are being realised.

A new study has revealed adding the green fruit to your diet can aid weight loss.  

Furthermore, the fruit reduces a person’s risk of heart disease, according to scientists.

Emiliano Escobedo, said: ‘This study supports the body of research showing the many benefits that fresh avocados have to offer when consumed in everyday healthy eating plans.’

The new study, confirmed that swapping solid fats for avocados can ‘significantly change lipid profiles'.

The researchers assessed the impact of avocado on cholesterol levels.

They found that consuming one to one-and-a-half avocados per day ‘significantly reduced total cholesterol'.

Additionally, it also limited the 'bad' low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides when substituted for sources of fat.

Dr Nikki Ford, said: ‘Fresh avocado, as part of a balanced diet, and as a cholesterol-free substitute for solid fats, can help be part of the solution for maintaining normal cholesterol levels.

‘Beyond their naturally good fats, avocados are also a delicious way to boost fiber… and fruit intakes.

Having high levels of bad cholesterol is known to be a major risk factor for heart disease, according to the study.

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for one out of every four deaths – and it is the number one killer of men and women.

Heart disease is also one of the leading causes of disability.

The study noted that additional research must be conducted to look at the impact of avocados on major adverse cardiovascular events.

Furthermore, the optimal amount of avocado and frequency of use needs further evaluation, the scientists noted.

Mr Escobedo said: 'Clinical studies are currently underway to investigate the relationship between avocado consumption and risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, support of weight management and healthy living.'

Source: Daily Mail