Avocados and
cholesterol

While cholesterol is essential for all animal life, having elevated cholesterol can lead to life-threatening conditions. This makes food choices, and the need for a diet low in cholesterol, vital for living a healthy life.

HOW MUCH CHOLESTEROL DOES ONE AVOCADO HAVE?

One avocado contains zero milligrams of cholesterol.

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WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF ELEVATED CHOLESTEROL IN THE BLOOD?

Elevated cholesterol in the blood can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, the number one cause of death in the United States. A heart healthy diet can play an important role in keeping cholesterol levels within a normal range. For example, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting saturated fat and replacing it with unsaturated fats and increasing intake of fruits and vegetables.

Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight and blood pressure, in addition to cholesterol. Cholesterol-free foods can help lower long-term health risks such as stroke and heart disease.

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BUT HOW DOES EATING AVOCADO HELP LOWER CHOLESTEROL LEVELS?

The delicious taste of an avocado is only one of its many attributes. Avocados also contain monounsaturated โ€œgoodโ€ fats and phytosterols. In addition, they can help Americans meet the dietary goals of the American Heart Association. According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, when people eat monounsaturated fats in moderation and use them in place of saturated or trans fats, they can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in the blood.

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WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED INTAKE OF SATURATED FAT?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, eating too much saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, or sodium may increase your risk of certain chronic diseases like heart disease, some cancers, and high blood pressure. Health experts recommend you keep your intake of saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol as low as possible as part of a balanced diet.