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If you’re looking to lower your cholesterol but don’t want to sacrifice all your favourite foods, you’re in luck: scientists have revealed swapping solid fats for avocado boosts your health.

A new study found eating avocado ‘significantly reduces’ cholesterol levels, meaning it can lower your risk of heart disease.

Most people know avocados are high in fat and some think they should stay away from the tasty fruit but in fact it’s the opposite: adding the green fruit to your diet can assist in weight loss.

Scientists from the Hass Avocado Board, in California found people who eat avocado as a replacement for solid fats such as butter, have ‘significantly reduced cholesterol levels’.

Emiliano Escobedo, executive director, said: ‘This study supports the body of research showing the many benefits that fresh avocados have to offer when consumed in everyday healthy eating plans.’

The new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology, confirmed that swapping solid fats for avocados can ‘significantly change lipid profiles’.

Scientists analysed 10 different avocado studies to find the impact of avocado on cholesterol levels and found consuming one to one-and-a-half avocados per day ‘significantly reduced total cholesterol’.

Additionally, it also limited the ‘bad’ low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides when substituted for sources of fat, reports the Daily Mail.

Dr Nikki Ford, director of nutrition for Hass Avocado Board, said: ‘Fresh avocado, as part of a balanced diet, and as a cholesterol-free substitute for solid fats, can help be part of the solution for maintaining normal cholesterol levels’.

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  1. I think the clue might be in the line starting with “Scientists from the Hass Avocado Board, in California” Biased perhaps? Don’t get me wrong. I love Avocado and eat them whenever they are a reasonable price. Talking ’em up healthwise just puts up the price.

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  2. I think avocados are good and I eat them and enjoy them frequently, but this article perpetuates the myths that lowering cholesterol is good, and eating saturated fats is bad. And the fact that the study comes from the “Hass Avocado Board” should send warning signals to all.

  3. I detest avocados! They may be good for your health…but currently so expensive, not a justifiable purchase for those on a limited income!

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  4. Remember when all the health gurus said “don’t eat avocados, they are bad for you” and “eat margarine, not butter”. When will they make up their minds.

  5. They are definitly fattening dogs eat them if they get a chance and they get fat as and fat arse

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