Researchers from Penn State are suggesting that consuming just one avocado a day may help keep your cholesterol lower and improve heart health.
In addition, researches added that due to the moderate-fat diet without avocados included the same monounsaturated fatty acids found in avocados, it is very likely that the fruit has additional bioactives that contribute to the benefits of the avocado diet.
Bioactives are defined by HealthEngine as “chemical molecules and microbes (microscopic organisms) that have some biological effect on our bodies. … Bioactives are usually substances that have been isolated or derived from plants and other living systems.”
Published in the Journal of Nutrition, Penny Kris-Etherton, a professor of nutrition, said that while the results are promising, there is still more work to do.
“Nutrition research on avocados is a relatively new area of study, so I think we’re at the tip of the iceberg for learning about their health benefits,” Kris-Etherton said. “Avocados are really high in healthy fats, carotenoids — which are important for eye health — and other nutrients. They are such a nutrient-dense package, and I think we’re just beginning to learn about how they can improve health.”
Now next time you order guacamole, you won’tt have to feel guilty because #hearthealth!