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24 August 2006

The Food Guys:
Don't Avoid Avocados from Fear of Fat

Research suggests that avocados are important in cardiovascular health. They are rich in magnesium and potassium, which have important roles in the regulation of blood pressure and cardiac rhythm. Avocados are also high in folate, which is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

And avocado yogurt is Clint Eastwood's favorite. Which proves avocados can only improve a guy's macho image.

In a study published in the Archives of Medical Research, subjects who were placed on diets which regularly included avocados saw significant decreases in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, plus an 11 percent increase in the “good” HDL cholesterol.

Avocado consumption not only boosts cardiovascular health but appears to confer cancer protection as well. A recent study showed that extract of avocado inhibited the growth of prostate cancer cells in a laboratory setting. These phenomenal results are thought to be related to the amounts of lutein, zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and vitamin E that avocados contain.

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