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More Research Shows that Avocadoes & Coffee are Good for You


In a recent study published by the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers found that higher avocado intake is associated with a 16% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 21% lower risk of coronary heart disease.

The "Because heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., finding easy ways to lower the risk of this disease is important. To see how avocados and avocado products impacted this risk factor, the researchers followed over 68,000 women ages 30 to 55 years old and over 42,000 men aged 40 to 75 years old from two separate study groups. The individuals started the study free of cancer, heart disease, and stroke." ...
"From their analysis, the researchers found that individuals who ate two servings of avocado a week (around one cup of avocado), had a 16% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 21% lower risk of heart disease compared to those who rarely ate avocados. The researchers also found that replacing half a serving of butter, eggs, yogurt, cheese, or bacon with avocado every day was associated with a 22% lower risk of cardiovascular disease events."
American Heart Association: "Our findings support the existing evidence on the intake of plant‐based healthy fats and their positive impact on diet quality and their role in cardiovascular disease prevention in the general population."

The tricky question in such studies is determining why the observed result is occurring. Researchers in this case are pretty sure they understand why avocados are so good for you.

The "There are many contributing factors that give avocados their health benefits. They contain dietary fiber, keeping the digestive system regular. They also are composed of monounsaturated fats, considered healthy fats, which help reduce bad cholesterol levels in the blood. These health benefits may even translate to other avocado products, like avocado mayonnaise or avocado oil. The researchers hoped to see a link between these products and a lower risk of heart disease with these important benefits."

If you don't like avocadoes; you should also consider adding peanut butter, cashews, peanuts, olive oil, and olives to your diet instead. These are also great sources of monounsaturated fats, the heart-healthy fat found in avocadoes.


There's additional evidence now that your morning cup of coffee is linked to a lower risk of dying, Researchers from a study published several weeks ago in The Annals of Internal Medicine found that individuals who drank 1.5 to 3.5 cups of coffee per day, even with some sugar, were up to 30% less likely to die during the study period than those who didn’t drink coffee. Those who drank unsweetened coffee were 16 to 21% less likely to die during the study period, with those drinking about three cups per day having the lowest risk of death when compared with noncoffee drinkers.

New York Times: Researchers analyzed coffee consumption data collected from the U.K. Biobank, a large medical database with health information from people across Britain. They analyzed demographic, lifestyle and dietary information collected from more than 170,000 people between the ages of 37 and 73 over a median follow-up period of seven years. The mortality risk remained lower for people who drank both decaffeinated and caffeinated coffee.

Earlier studies had found similar results, but this one expanded on our knowledge by including decaffeinated coffee and sweetened coffee in the results. Both seem to provide the same benefits.

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By: Don Lam & Curated Content

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