Avocado's helping people deal with obesity 1

A new study suggests that eating an avocado a day can help lower bad cholesterol.

Doctors from Pennsylvania State University say in their findings, by adding an avocado to a healthy diet, lowers LDL cholesterol which is known as the 'bad cholesterol'.

Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton of Pennsylvania State University and her team conducted a study with 45 overweight or obese patients between 21 and 70 years old and put them on three different cholesterol-lowering diets. For 2 weeks the volunteers followed an average diet - 34% of calories came from fat, 51% from carbohydrates and 16% from protein.

After that, they were place on one of 3 cholesterol-lowering plans:

-Low-fat without avocado - dieters ate plenty of fruits, low-fat dairy, chicken and whole grains

-Moderate fat intake without avocado - same as the first diet, but nuts and oils were put into the diet.

-Last option was that the patients ate an avocado a day for fat intake.

The test diets were followed for 5 weeks.

The volunteers lowered the LDL cholesterol lowels by 13.5mg/dL on the moderate fat level diet that included a daily avocado. That was the strongest improvement compared to the low fat diet (7.4mg/dL lower) and the moderate fat diet without avocado (8.3mg/dL).