An avocado a day could be the answer to your lipid profile.  On the other hand, I want to make it very clear that the secret is using the avocado IN PLACE OF saturated fats.  For example, instead of adding an avocado a day to your cheeseburger, you would REPLACE the cheese and just have an avocado burger.  OK, so that’s the bad news, but let’s take a look at the good news.

According to a team at the University of the Pacific, 229 participants in 10 studies were evaluated to try and establish a measurement on the impact of avocados on cholesterol levels.  What they found was that participants were able to reduce their lipid values by replacing their saturated fat intake with healthier fat sources, like avocados.  That reduction affected cholesterol levels including low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C, the bad kind) and triglycerides.  The team also concluded that an avocado a day did NOT affect high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL, the good kind).

Even with healthy participants with normal baseline levels of cholesterol, researchers were able to document a reduction in bad cholesterol.

An Avocado A Day

“Lifestyle changes are prescribed as the first line of treatment or concurrent to lipid-lowering medications for patients with abnormal lipid values,” says Sachin A. Shah, PharmD, co-author of the study.  Fortunately for us, this lifestyle change has not only a great health impact, but it makes your meals even more enjoyable because avocados taste great!

If you haven’t tried one before, here are some great avocado recipes to try.  How do you know if an avocado is ripe?  Well here are some fun facts about avocados as well as some great tips to help you get started.

The study needs more work to get specifics like actual frequency recommendations but it does show a substantial degree of benefit in the simple substitution of saturated fat for healthier alternatives.