The avocado is the “panacea” of cholesterol. Eating an avocado a day for six months has no effect on belly fat, liver fat or waist circumference in overweight people or obesity. However, it does cause a slight drop in unhealthy cholesterol levels.
This was demonstrated by a randomized trial conducted by researchers from Penn State (USA), which also showed that participants who they ate lawyers had a higher quality diet during the study period.
While previous smaller studies have found an association between avocado consumption and decreased body weight, BMI and waist circumference, It was the largest and most extensive study to date on the health effects of avocado, including the large number of participants and the length of the study period.
“Although avocados do not affect belly fat or weight gain, the studio continues to provide proof that avocados can be a beneficial addition to a well-balanced diet. Adding one avocado daily in this study did not cause weight gain and also caused slight decrease in LDL cholesterolall of which are important discoveries for better health,” reflects Penny Kris-Etherton, one of the leaders of the work, which was published in the scientific journal “Journal of the American Heart Association.”
The study also revealed that the consumption of avocados per day overall quality improvement participants’ diet by eight points on a 100-point scale.
“Adherence to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is generally poor in the United States, and our results suggest that eating an avocado a day may dramatically increase the quality overall diet. This is important because we know that a higher quality diet is associated with a lower risk of several diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.
For the study, researchers conducted a six-month experiment with more than 1,000 overweight or obese participants, half of whom were told eat an avocado every day, while the other half continued their usual diet and had to limit their consumption of lawyers at less than two per month. Fat in the abdomen and around other organs was accurately measured by MRI before and at the end of the study.
Even though a lawyer per day did not produce clinically significant improvements in abdominal fat and other cardiometabolic risk factors, consumption of one avocado per day did not produce an increase in body weight.
“This is positive because consuming extra calories from avocados does not affect body weight or abdominal fat, and decreases slightly total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol”recalls another of the authors, the Spaniard Joan Sabaté.
They also discovered that daily avocados they lowered total cholesterol by 2.9 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) and LDL cholesterol by 2.5 mg/dL.