The avocado solution for the bad cholesterol problem
Heart attack is one of the leading causes of death in many
parts of the world including Singapore. In fact, heart attack is the number 2
killer after cancer in Singapore. Every day, 15 people die from cardiovascular
disease (heart disease and stroke) in the city state. To give an even better
idea of the scale of the problem, cardiovascular disease accounted for 29.9% of
all deaths in 2014 – which means that close to one-third of all deaths here
happen due to heart disease or stroke.
The risk of heart disease is closely related to level of
cholesterol in the body. There is the good cholesterol, which the body needs,
and the bad cholesterol which the body could do without. As what we eat eventually shows up on our
body, our regular diet is one of the most important factors that determines the
extent of bad cholesterol that is accumulated. A healthy diet, coupled with
regular physical activity, is a great step forwards towards leading a healthy
In simple terms, a healthy diet is one that is rich in
nutrients in the right proportions and includes a decent helping of fruits and
vegetables. One such fruit is the avocado, which is increasingly being
recognized the worldwide as a “superfood” or a “wonder fruit”, thanks to all
the nutrients packed into this one fruit.One key benefit of an avocado is that it is great for the heart. What
makes it so? Let’s look at a few of the main factors:
Rich in monounsaturated fats: Avocados are rich in
monounsaturated fats, healthy fats that lower LDL cholesterol or the bad
cholesterol associated with coronary atherosclerosis and heart attacks. Avocados
are also rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, compounds that block cholesterol
absorption in the body, and antioxidants that can play a role in preventing
cancer and heart disease (polyphenols).
The benefits of oleic acid & Omega-3 fatty acids:
The fat in avocados provides protection against heart diseases because oleic
acid is the primary fat in avocados. Avocados are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
normally found mainly in non-vegetarian diet like fish. A high folate intake is
also associated with a lower risk of heart attacks and heart disease.
A great source for potassium:Recent studies have shown that increasing
potassium intake may help lower or normalize blood pressure.As avocados are a good source of potassium,
they can help contribute to normalizing blood pressure and consequently reduce
the risk of heart disease.
The key message we want to leave you with is this: heart
disease is a serious problem in Singapore and you can help reduce the risk of
suffering from its deadly effect by switching to a healthy diet. Add an avocado
to your diet and you will help lower bad cholesterol.So remember: an avocado a day can help keep
the heart specialist away!
introducing avocados to your diet? Check out our fabulous collection of avocado recipes that will surely excite your palate. And bring all the goodness of avocados into your cooking oil with ACADO™ Avocado Oil for truly healthy cooking.You can now buy this healthy cooking oil in
Singapore at numerous retail outlets island-wide as well as online from The Latin Shop.