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Avocados Protect Your Heart

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 11:35 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Robin (Burt Ward), who was the sidekick to Batman (Adam West) in the 1966-1968 TV series, was known for exclamations such as “Holy guacamole!”

Since then, his avocado-powered expression has become a standard TV trope. It's turned up on “The Muppet Show” when Miss Piggy saw a giant chicken (we don’t know why), and it was also used on the 2007-2015 animated television series “Phineas and Ferb” as a catchphrase for the character Jeremy Johnson, who declares, “Holy guacamole, you sure are a handful!”

You know what? Avocados, the main ingredient in guacamole, are worth exclaiming about.

One-third of a medium-sized avocado delivers 10% of your recommended daily value for folate, vitamin K, and copper; 15% of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5); and a good dose of vitamins C, E, niacin, and riboflavin — not to mention the minerals zinc, magnesium, and manganese.

And it's the only fruit that contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

New studies are revealing additional health benefits from eating avocados. Researchers at Penn State found that eating a moderate-fat diet that includes a daily avocado (that's around 200-300 calories, so substitute it for other food) reduces bad LDL cholesterol — especially the small, dense LDL particles and oxidized LDL that are tied to cardiovascular disease.

A preliminary study conducted on mice at Guelph University in Canada indicates that avocatin B (AvoB), a fat molecule found only in avocados, helps reduce insulin resistance when given as a supplement.

We’re not exactly sure what this study means for people, but it's one more indication that there might be something kind of holy about guacamole.

© King Features Syndicate

   
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