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Research Says You Should Eat An Avocado Every Day

Move over apples! Apparently, an avocado a day keeps the doctor away.

According to a study that we like very much, an avocado a day really does keep the doctor away. So you should eat one. Every day. Seriously! The latest research suggests that avocados can help protect you against diabetes and heart disease, so eat up.

Scientists are saying that eating avocados can be a good way to prevent metabolic syndrome, known as “the new silent killer.” But what exactly is metabolic syndrome?

It’s a term doctors use to describe an unhappy confluence of circumstances that place you at risk for heart disease and diabetes. These include high blood pressure, large waist circumference and high triglycerides, for example.

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The new guidance on eating avocados every day comes from a data review conducted by Iranian researchers and published in the journal Phytotherapy Research. It looked at 129 studies that had already been published about the effects of eating avocados on different parts of metabolic syndrome.

Most of the studies dealt with eating the actual meat of the avocado, but some also looked at the properties of the fruit’s leaves, peels, oil and seeds or pits.

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According to the researchers, avocados have the biggest and most beneficial effects on your cholesterol levels. Eating avocados can influence several different cholesterol measurements, including that of your LDL (good cholesterol), HDL (bad cholesterol) and total cholesterol.

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On top of that, “the lipid-lowering, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anti-obesity, antithrombotic, antiatherosclerotic, and cardioprotective effects of avocado have been demonstrated in several studies,” according to the study.

In plain English, this means that avocados are pretty much a one-stop-shop for avoiding metabolic syndrome.