Q. Despite Lipitor, diet and exercise, I have been fighting genetic cholesterol numbers for many years, often higher than 200. I started eating an avocado every week and my cholesterol dropped from 203 in August to 183 at this week’s blood test. Although the LDL continues to be just slightly above normal, the triglycerides and HDL numbers have gone from excellent to numbers my doctor says “other patients would kill for.”
A. Because avocados are high in fat, nutrition experts used to warn against eating them. The fear was that fat would raise blood cholesterol. The fat in avocados is mostly monounsaturated, which means it is healthier than previously believed. Animal research suggests that avocado consumption can reduce triglycerides and raise good HDL cholesterol (Archivos de Cardiologia de Mexico, Jan-Mar, 2007).
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