Eating foods high in bad fats can significantly increase your risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes. But I've said for years that eating good fats can actually help you avoid these diseases. Now a new review study has found that the good fats in a very tasty food can have a beneficial effect on a disease affecting 47 million Americans.
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Fortunately, according to this review study, eating avocados can help you do that. Although they're high in fat, this healthy fat has positive effects on lipid profiles, affecting LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and phospholipids for a complete cholesterol-improving package. And because avocados are full of carotenoids, minerals, phenolics, vitamins, and fatty acids, they have antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anti-obesity, antithrombotic, antiatherosclerotic, and cardioprotective effects in addition to their cholesterol benefits.
It's true that avocados are high in calories, so you should be careful not to overdo it. And if you're eating guacamole, I recommend using some chopped vegetables as dippers rather than chips. It's easy to go overboard quickly once salty snacks get involved. But adding avocado to a smoothie or sandwich or in a salad is an easy, delicious way to lower your risk factors for metabolic syndrome.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD