Good news for avocado lovers everywhere.
A review of scientific literature suggests that including an avocado in your daily diet may help prevent metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrom is the term used to describe a combination of risk factors that can occur together — like high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and a large waist measurement — that increase risk for heart disease and diabetes.
The review was conducted by Iranian researchers and published in the journal Phythotherapy Research. It took into account 129 previously published studies on the health effects of avocado consumption. Most studies were done on the meaty, lighter green part of the fruit you’re used to eating, but a few dabbled in the health benefits of leaves, peels, pits and oil, as well.
The researchers found that, of these, avocados have the greatest effect on cholesterol levels, but they helped fight other metabolic syndrome symptoms, too.
In addition to their heart-healthy fats, avocados are a good source of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and research also shows that people who include lots of avocados in their diet typically weight less than those who consumer fewer of the green fruit.