Avocados reduce the risk of heart disease

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Avocados have long been known as a power fruit. According to a new US study, they even reduce the risk of heart disease.

Boston: Consumption of avocados is said to have direct effects on heart health. This is the result of a recent study by Harvard University in the United States. Over a hundred thousand participants were studied over decades, and people who regularly ate the mighty fruit showed a significantly lower risk of heart disease.

Time and time again there is evidence that avocados have positive health effects. Many studies have also been done in the field of heart disease, although the new study from Harvard University shows a difference. As the authors say, so far only the effects on risk factors such as obesity or high blood sugar have been studied. The new US study, on the other hand, makes a direct connection to strokes and coronary heart disease, which often lead to heart attacks.

According to a new study from the US, avocados reduce the risk of heart disease. (Iconic image) © Holger Hollemann/dpa

Super avocado: US study investigates link to heart disease

To do this, the researchers examined information from 68,786 women and 41,701 men who had provided information about their diet regularly since 1986. The people examined were able to state whether they eat avocados less than once a month, one to three times a month, once a week or more than twice a week. In addition, the heart health of the participants was examined. In total, there were 9,185 cases of coronary artery disease in the study, while 5,290 participants had strokes. Comparing the results, a clear picture emerged.

Water 66.5 grams
protein 1.9 grams
Fat 23.5 grams
carbohydrates 0.4 grams
fibers 6.3 grams
minerals 1.4 grams

American study: Avocados reduce the risk of heart attacks

People who eat avocados more than twice a week have a 16 percent lower risk of heart disease, according to the US study. The chance of getting coronary artery disease and having a heart attack is even 21 percent lower than for people who don’t eat avocados. However, no significant connection could be made with the risk of having a stroke.

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Avocados are becoming more and more popular in Germany. A new study links super fruition with a lower risk of heart disease. (Iconic image) © Kristin Klose/dpa

The study authors point out that people who eat avocados on a regular basis tend to have a healthier diet. However, the study adjusted for factors such as other diet, physical activity, obesity, and alcohol and tobacco use. By the way, the environmental balance of the super fruit should not be ignored. Environmental organizations have long warned about the avocado boom, which involves high water consumption and long transportation routes. Fortunately, there are plenty of other healthy foods out there. A whole range of foods are said to prolong life. (vbu)

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