Avocados: Whip up a Dip for the Heart
It may not be long before your cardiologist recommends avocados to help combat high cholesterol.
One study showed that after seven days dining on diet that included avocados, patients with moderately high cholesterol levels saw a drop in both total and LDL cholesterol, as well as an 11% increase in heart-healthy HDL levels.
That’s because avocados contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that helps to protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation – a factor involved with the development of heart disease. These “alligator pears” also contain magnesium and potassium, two minerals that help the heart to keep a steady beat.
So go ahead and indulge in one of these high-fat heart helpers; slice and serve with eggs for a heart-healthy breakfast, chop and top a crisp salad or try one of our simple and delicious avocado recipes.