A new study published by the Nutrition Journal has found that everydau consumption of avocados is beneficial to health and wellbeing.
The research, carried out by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the US, found that people regularly eating avocados weighed 3.4kg less on average than those who don't, have significantly lower BMIs, higher intakes of important nutrients, plus more good fats and a lower intake of added sugars.
Those consuming avocados daily had higher HDL (good) cholesterol levels and a 50 per cent lower chance of metabolic syndrome.
Qualified dietician and nutritionist Nadia Lim, the official New Zealand Avocado ambassador, noted that avocados were a perfect health conscious option for 'healthy, vibrant people' who desire nutritious food that contributes positively to their overall health.
“Avocados are a perfect food – they’re abundant in valuable vitamins and minerals, as well as healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates," Lim explained. "Nutritionists have long recommended consuming the healthy fats from avocados which are known to support improved overall diet quality, nutrient intake and heart health."
And New Zealand Avocado CEO Jen Scoular added: “Avocados are incredibly nutritious and nourishing for the body and soul. If you like to get the most out of life then you should definitely include an avocado in your diet every day.
“As part of a healthy, balanced diet, avocados are proving themselves time and again as a food that can help us all live healthier lives. This new research reinforces the importance of the food’s role in our everyday diet,” Scoular added.