Here is some very good news for guacamole lovers everywhere:
A new review of scientific literature suggests that eating avocado may help prevent metabolic syndrome. Dubbed the new silent killer, metabolic syndrome is the term used to describe a combination of three or more risk factors for heart disease and diabetes (like high blood pressure, high triglycerides and large waist circumference).
The review, conducted by Iranian researchers and published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, looked at 129 previously published studies examining the effects of avocado consumption on different components of metabolic syndrome. Most of the studies involved the fleshy part youâ€™re used to eating, but some also included avocado leaves, peels, oil, and pits.
The researchers concluded that avocados have the most beneficial effects on cholesterol levels and that consumption of the creamy fruit can influence several different measurements: LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, triglycerides, total cholesterol and phospholipids.
Most of the studies included in the review suggest eating avocado on a daily basis, according to the researchers.
This is just yet another study to show that avocados truly deserve superfood status, says Cynthia Sass, RD, MPH, of Time Health. Sass, who was not involved in the study, notes that avocado blends well with both sweet and savory ingredients, and provides the satisfaction factor that makes dishes decadent.
She adds that, although several parts of the avocado plant were investigated in the review, its best to stick with the flesh of the fruit, as there is not currently enough known about whether it is safe to eat the peels and pits.