Avocados are a nutrient-dense source of monounsaturated fatty acids (5g of MUFAs per one-third of a medium avocado) and other essential nutrients. They may have an additional LDL cholesterol lowering effect beyond that observed when their MUFAs are substituted for saturated fatty acids, especially on small, dense LDL particles, which are susceptible to in vivo oxidation and associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
A recent study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, investigated whether a healthy diet with 1 avocado daily decreased circulating oxidized LDL and related oxidative stress markers. This study was supported by the Avocado Nutrition Center as part of the Love One Today® education program.
Tune in to this Sound Bites® Podcast episode with guest Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN, to learn about:
the potential role of avocados in lowering cholesterol additional effects regarding antioxidant potential and oxidation of small dense LDL phytosterols and other bioactives in avocados simple heart-healthy tips for swapping good fats for typical sources of saturated fat in the diet and adding fiber in recipes Registered Dietitians, Dietetic Technicians, and Certified Diabetes Educators can earn 1.0 FREE CEU for listening to this podcast episode. This episode is sponsored by Fresh Avocados – Love One Today®
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