Avocados, butter fruit, avocado pears, alligator pears, etc. Call them whatever you like — it doesn’t change their greatest characteristic — they’re chock-full of healthy nutrients.
Thanks to that trait, they’re a great ally in maintaining heart health, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
The research conducted as part of the study followed a group of 41,701 men and 68,786 women over the course of three decades.
At the beginning of the study, the research team ruled out the presence of ailments like stroke, cancer, and coronary heart disease (plaque buildup on the walls of coronary arteries).
They also gathered data on the participants’ nutrition through questionnaires, which were later redistributed every four years.
Over the period of thirty years, the researchers recorded 14,274 instances of cardiovascular disease onset among the participants. Of that total, 5,290 were cases of stroke, while the other 9,185 were instances of coronary heart disease.
Upon further analysis of the retrieved data, it was discovered that people who consumed at least two servings of avocado a week had a 16% lower risk of suffering from CVD than nonconsumers or infrequent consumers.
When it comes to developing coronary heart disease, the decrease in risk was even more prominent — 21%.
Avocados are actually rich in monounsaturated fat (which helps keep bad cholesterol down) and contain vitamins B6, C and E, fiber, folate, potassium, magnesium, and other nutrients.
So, maybe it’s time to get a good blender and ditch margarine, greasy sauces and snacks to make room for some avocado dip. Your heart will thank you for it.