Fruits, Nutrition

Clean your arteries by eating your monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) avocados

Apples lower bad cholesterols but did you know avocado has the potential to lower your oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and small, dense LDL particles.

Incorporating one avocado a day into your diet through a spread on toast or making a veggie dip will reduce the build up of LDL particles that had been oxidized.

Similar to the way oxygen can damage food – like a cut apple turning brown. This oxidation is also bad for the human body.

“A lot of research points to oxidation being the basis for conditions like cancer and heart disease,” Kris-Etherton said. “We know that when LDL particles become oxidized, that starts a chain reaction that can promote atherosclerosis, which is the build-up of plaque in the artery wall. Oxidation is not good, so if you can help protect the body through the foods that you eat, that could be very beneficial.”

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Avocado contains beta-sitosterol which lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol, while raising HDL (good) cholesterol. The power of one avocado a day protects against strokes and regulates blood pressure.

Eating one avocado a day will benefit your heart and overall body. The phytonutrients in the avocado may help combat dangerous radical cells in the body. One cup of avocados has more potassium compared to bananas for those who don’t like bananas.

Avocados contains vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5, B6, vitamin E. It also contains small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorus and vitamins A. For an added bonus avocados also contains 81 micrograms of the carotenoid Lutein, which may helps with eye health.

Nutrients your body will thank you for.

So don’t forget to grab a bag of avocados for the week on your next grocery run.

Remember everything is in moderation. Please refer to your National Food Guide for more information.

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