Avocados lower heart attack risk, study finds

According to a new study published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association, eating avocado can reduce the risk of heart disease.

MONTREAL, April 11, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ — Eating avocados at least twice per week will reduce the risk of heart attack by 21% compared to a diet without avocados.

“It may come as a surprise to learn that fresh avocado is a heart-healthy fruit. After all, haven’t consumers heard that avocados are high in calories and fat? Popular belief is that a low-fat diet is good for heart health. And that’s not completely untrue. But low-fat doesn’t equal fat-free.” Explained to Miguel Barcenas, strategy and marketing consultant for APEAM.

When health experts talk about “good fats” and “bad fats,” they don’t judge your snacking habits. Good fats, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated, help nourish your body. In fact, the Food Guide of Canada explains the importance of limiting saturated fat intake to support healthy eating habits. One-third of a medium-sized avocado provides 5 grams of monounsaturated fat and 1 gram of polyunsaturated fat in each 50-gram serving.

The “bad fats” are trans fats and saturated fats, which can cause heart problems if they dominate your diet. Avocados are over 75% “good fats” and contain no cholesterol. But the benefits of this fruit do not stop here! Avocados are sugar-free and a good source of fiber (3 grams per 50-gram serving).

In addition to looking at the overall effect of avocado consumption, researchers performed statistical modeling and found that consuming half a serving of avocado (ΒΌ cup) per day instead of eggs, yogurt, cheese, margarine, butter or processed meat in equal amounts . For example in the form of bacon) can reduce the risk of heart attack by 16% to 22%.

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The best part is that it is now easier than ever to include avocados in your diet. Avocados are extremely versatile and pair beautifully with many traditional dishes as well as more modern dishes. Visit the “How To” page for practical advice like choosing a ripe avocado or preparing avocados in different forms (slices, cubes, puree…). It’s easier than you think: just cut it in half, separate the two halves, remove the core and then cut the meat into long slices or cubes, and you’re done.

So, what are you waiting for to eat avocado?

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