Heart benefits of avocados - lower cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar and blood pressure!
You may have heard that avocados are full of fat and so you've tried to stay away from them. But not all fats are created equal. Avocados contain monounsaturated fats that are great for improving your cholesterol and reducing inflammation. In addition they contain more potassium than bananas so they are very effective at managing blood pressure. Their high fiber makes them good for weight loss and control of blood sugar. On top that, they also contain vitamin A and C that are great for your skin. Avocados both help your heart and keep you looking younger. Sounds like a natural fountain of youth to me!
Avocados Lower Cholesterol and Triglycerides
73.5 million adults in the United States have high levels of bad cholesterol (LDL), doubling their risk for heart disease. Eating avocados is one of the simplest ways to fight or reduce this risk. Numerous studies have shown that eating avocado can improve heart disease risk factors by lowering your overall cholesterol level while increasing your good cholesterol (HDL), as well as lowering blood triglycerides.
High in Fiber, High in Weight Loss/Blood Sugar Benefits
Avocados are high in fiber, about 7% by weight, which is very high compared to most other foods. Fiber has multiple benefits for weight loss, controlling blood sugar and improving metabolic health. If you want to lose weight in the healthiest way possible, while stabilizing blood sugar, we highly recommend these amazing fruits. Make avocados your choice superfood with only 2 "net" carbs!
Recommended by the DASH Diet for Heart Health
Over 90% of all Americans will develop hypertension in their lifetime. But avocados can help you avoid being included in that statistic. Avocados are high in potassium and low in salt. Because of this they are recognized for their ability to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke. Avocados are also recommended by the DASH Diet.In this post we bring to you several delicious avocado rich recipes. Read on for guacamole, bread and even smoothie heart healthy delights! If you enjoy this and you're still hungry for more, you can find more blood pressure reducing recipes on Spinach, Quinoa and more on the Hello Heart blog.Amazing Grilled Salmon with Avocado SalsaSuper Fresh Avocado and Mango SaladBest Guacamole EverTerrific Avocanana BreadWonderful Chocolate Avocado SmoothieRejuvenating Avocado Facial MaskSources:
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2. Validation Institute. 2021 Validation Report (Valid Through October 2022). https://validationinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Hello_Heart-Savings-2021- Final.pdf. Published October 2021. Accessed October 19, 2022. (This analysis was commissioned by Hello Heart, which provided a summary report of self-fundedemployer client medical claims data for 203 Hello Heart users and 200 non-users from 2017-2020. Findings have not been subjected to peer review.)