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Are Avocados Good for Your Cholesterol?



Can guacamole lower your cholesterol as well as other whole food fat sources such as nuts, or is it just avocado industry spin.

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What about adding avocado to a plant-based diet. Would there be any benefit then? That’s the topic of my next video, Avocados Lower Small Dense LDL Cholesterol (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/Avocados-Lower-Small-Dense-LDL-Cholesterol).

Why do we care about cholesterol? See, for example, Cholesterol Crystals May Tear Through Our Artery Lining (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/cholesterol-crystals-may-tear-though-our-artery-lining/).

What should we shoot for? See Optimal Cholesterol Level (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/optimal-cholesterol-level).

In addition to adding cholesterol lowering foods, we need to first reduce our intake of cholesterol-raising foods. See Trans Fat, Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol: Tolerable Upper Intake of Zero https://nutritionfacts.org/video/trans-fat-saturated-fat-and-cholesterol-tolerable-upper-intake-of-zero/).

For more on the health effects of guacamole, check out The Effects of Avocados and Red Wine on Meal-Induced Inflammation (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/The-Effects-of-Avocados-and-Red-Wine-on-Meal-Induced-Inflammation) and Are Avocados Healthy? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/are-avocados-healthy).

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  1. What is the obsession people have with avocados? They are not even very tasty, they just make you fat.

  2. Got to have at least one a day.

  3. Main reason i eat avocados are high Fiber, 0 Sugar and good amount of calories. Wish it was cheaper, I'd loved to eat it everyday

  4. Actually the questions we should be asking is does ldl cholesterol raise your avocado blood levels. If you take into consideration the fact that on lard off lard on lard off lard 28%on lard left butt cheek being 48% percent of the weight control.

  5. Another great video. My previously high LDL is no more thanks to Dr. Greger's message. Also, I have no more migraines (dulse flakes helped, also, Dr. Greger talks about benefits of seaweed also), acne, facial puffiness, leg pain, back of neck pain, sciatica, varicose veins (I wish I'd taken before and after pics), constipation, sallow skin color. I just purchased his cookbook and follow Chef AJ's cooking videos also. If you haven't tried vegan try SOS free diet like Dr. Greger's, Chef AJ's, Dr. Fuhrman, Dr. McDoogle, Dr. Klaper, Dr. Campbell, Dr. Esselstyn, etc., just try it for a week or two and you may be surprised how great you feel. And your mood will be the greatest ever!

  6. Do olives have the same effect as avocados given that they are both full of MUFAs (mainly oleic acid)? I think of olives as miniature avocados.

  7. Yes, yes, but guacamole made with chocolate and sesame seeds sucks! Let's eat avocados because they are a tasty plant food, and a good source of necessary fats? TFP!

  8. Why not just eat the 4 Brazil nuts once a month?

  9. What can we say to the people that criticism vegans for not stopping the pesticide herbicide and fungicide so on and so fourth . One thing i hear is that it is devastating the top soil having to spray non organic crops with toxic chemicals that will destroy the habitat for the future .

  10. as always he never gives a simple yes it is or no its not. unsubscribed.

  11. You sir are the problem with this worlds understanding of nutrition. Click bait headlines for YouTube views if pathetic. No one cares if nuts have more phytosterols than avocados. Avocados are considered one of the top 10 superfoods because of their over all nutritional abundance. When you make videos like this, you make it harder for people to understand nutrition and give up the fight to be healthy. That's why Einstein said any fool can make something complicated, it takes a genius to make it simple. Does anyone know how I can completely block this idiot?

  12. I can no longer get hass avocados where I live, all we have are those little crappy ones from Mexico, so I stop eating them due to lack of availability.

  13. If I had a nickel for every time dr Gregor stated a premise, and then later went against his own advice, I would have more money then early BitCoin investors!

  14. In spite of these findings they are a healthy, natural food that tastes good…

  15. Avocados are higher in potassium than bananas. Bananas are around 70 mg, Florida avocados are around 500 mg and California avocados are around 700 mg. I'll have to get my reference book out if you need exact figures. Also, avocadoes are high in fat. Ripe bananas are not high in fat but have more natural sugar than not as ripe bananas. If you sweat a lot due to your body trying to fight off infection, avocados are needed for potassium!

  16. My LDL cholesterol is 68, been vegan since late June and I eat 1 Avocado a day.

  17. Good job Dr. Keeping both sides honest.

  18. Hey Dr. Greger, can you make some videos about stomach ulcers? I really need some information about this since I feel huge pain every day.

  19. People appear to be misunderstanding this video. I didn't see anything in the video that said avocados are bad for us. It merely says that they do not lower cholesterol. So make your food choices accordingly. The video did not provide any information that suggests that you should not eat them.

  20. So, in short, they don't do much, but they're better for you than meat.

  21. I eat avocados because I like the taste. I don't eat very many because they are expense, and it's hard to get the ripeness just right.

  22. Don't you ever just want to eat something comforting? Who the heck wants to live a miserable life bereft of gastronomic treats? Especially for seemingly ever?
    Eat plants and fungi, eat lots of variety and colors. Have fun and enjoy the fruits of your labor. What else is there, money? Ha!

  23. Everything that out creator God(Allah) provides us are healthy but in moderation. Plants, fruits and animals, way them all in moderation and you will be fine.
    Eat less and try to fast 2x a week. I do all of these and I feel good AL.

  24. once again , Dr Greger cuts through the BS.

  25. FOLLOW THE MONEY – of the study………

  26. Are avocados good to eat at all? Should you avoid them?

  27. I still will eat 1 or 2 avocados max per week, so long as they are stocked well in the store. (: But as always, I appreciate this info!

  28. I can’t stand avocados. The first time I tried it as a child I spat it out immediately lol. Weird taste and texture. Too much fat isn’t good for me anyway.

  29. I think the moral of the story here is, no, avocadoes won't drop one's cholesterol,but that doesn't mean it's unhealthy. It contains decent shape amounts of fibre and is a good source of E, K, folate, B vitamins and has some trace minerals in it.

  30. Michael Greger is my nutrition Guru

  31. Avocados taste fucking delicious, and are still healthy. Ima still eat em.

  32. Every time this kind of video is published, I'm amazed by the legion of selfless cholesterol evangelists who relentlessly comment their words of wisdom to bring us stray sheep back onto the righteous path.

    Melts my heart, like a big chunk of fat butter!

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