Among them is the news that avocado consumption may reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises a person’s risk of heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke . Among the risk factors are abdominal obesity, high triglyceride levels, low HDL cholesterol levels, hypertension, and high fasting blood sugar.
In Australia, diagnosis of metabolic syndrome involves having three of those risk factors. Alarmingly, 35% of Australian adults have metabolic syndrome .
That’s where the avocado research gets interesting. The study looked at more than 17,000 adults, of whom nearly 350 were avocado consumers. They found that :
Looking at the list of findings, it certainly seems that the avocado consumers were more health and diet conscious, which in itself could impact metabolic syndrome. However, the researchers were confident enough to advise that dieticians should “be aware of the beneficial associations between avocado intake, diet and health when making dietary recommendations.”
The lower risk of metabolic syndrome is just one proven benefit of the fatty fruit. Other benefits include the following :
So while the study may be shouting, in equal parts, the benefit of a high quality diet and avocado consumption, there are certainly many reasons to grab another avocado next time you’re shopping. Avocado is no longer a fatty food to be avoided. It’s a fabulous addition to a healthy diet, and it’s loaded with health benefits.
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