Include the consumption of a avocado every day in a balanced diet can help improve the levels of cholesterol in people who are overweight or obese, as revealed by a study conducted by researchers from the Pennsylvania State University, in the United States, and published in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Experts advise replacing saturated fatty acids with monounsaturated fatty acids -In which the avocado is rich- or polyunsaturated to reduce the risk of developing cardiac pathologies, because saturated fats can cause cholesterol levels to increase, thus increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Substituting saturated fatty acids with monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fatty acids reduces the risk of developing cardiac pathologies

The new research involved 45 healthy people with overweight or obesity, aged between 21 and 70 years. For two weeks these individuals took a diet high in fat, followed by a low-fat diet without avocado, a moderate in fat without avocado, and a moderate-fat diet that included one avocado per day.

The researchers observed that LDL cholesterol was reduced 13.5 mg / dl with the diet with avocado, 8.3 mg / dl with the moderate diet in fats but without avocado, and 7.4 mg / dl with the diet low in fat . In the blood analysis it was also found that the consumption of avocado had achieved a decrease in total cholesterol and triglycerides.

Although the authors of the work have warned that their conclusions should not be extrapolated to the entire population, they do state that including avocados in a moderate-fat diet can be considered heart-healthy.

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