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If you love guacamole, you’ll love this exciting news about avocados published in the last few days by the Journal of American Heart Association. The black skinned, green fleshed fruit is getting some good press on its help in lowering cholesterol levels. Research was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health led by Penny Kris-Etherton, a scientist at Penn State.

 "I was surprised to see the added benefit (of the avocado)," says Kris-Etherton. "It’s something in the avocado other than just the fat composition."

It’s been known for sometime that avocados are a "good fat" that should be incorporated into your diet like almonds and fatty cold-water fish like salmon, but this new study advocates adding a daily dose of avocado into your diet can lower cholesterol better than a low-fat diet. Low-fat diets have been touted as the best way to improve heart health from a dietary standpoint until now.

The study stems from comparing two moderately fat diets with a low-fat one. The daily avocado diet involves a moderately fat diet with 34 percent of the total calories consumed per day coming from fat. As an advocate for healthy eating and the Zone diet of 40 percent calories from protein, 30 percent calories from fat and carbohydrates, I find this information exciting.

Many people think they can’t indulge in creamy delights, but the avocado diet which may evolve from this study will have just that a smooth, creamy daily dose of the green stuff.

Now keep in mind, like nuts that avocados are still higher in calories and the total number of calories consumed still plays a major role in weight loss and maintenance. However, at least with this new information and that recently cited by the BOLD diet (adding 4 oz. of lean beef protein daily to your calorie intake) that foods that were once considered unhealthy (fatty fruits and red meat) are getting some good reasons to be back on your plate.

After all, when you eat more whole foods as compared to processed ones, you’re more likely to get better nutrition and less calories as well.

And don’t forget to move as well! Any diet or heart disease prevention program always incorporates exercise. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 30 minutes of moderate activity daily.

If you have any health or fitness related questions, please feel free to reach out on Facebook or email me directly at andrea@womensforum.com.

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