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    Wednesday, 1 March 2017

    Are Avocados as Healthy as we Thought?

    Avocados seem to be taking over the world. They’re the fruit to eat. On toast for a healthier breakfast than your regular bowl of Coco Pops, in salads as part of your lunch, in a sandwich, in guacamole; the options are endless. There are even cookery books dedicated entirely to the fruit.

    They’re known as a great health food, and do provide a huge number of nutritional benefits. While most fruits consist of carbohydrate, avocado is mostly healthy fats. These healthy fats include Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamins K and B5 and fibre, to name a few.

    These unsaturated fats are the ones we want to consume in order to create the perfect nutritional balance; unlike the saturated fats of your favourite sweet treats. These healthy fats are likely to increase the level of good cholesterol in our bodies. The fruit also contains a good level of potassium; more than bananas at around 14% of the recommended daily allowance in 100g, as opposed to bananas only providing 10%, as reported by Authority Nutrition.

    The good cholesterol calls itself high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease.

    Despite all of these great health benefits, research from the University of Cambridge conducted last year found that everyone’s favourite green fruit isn’t so beneficial for everyone.  1 in 1,700 people suffer from a genetic mutation which can actually increase the risk of coronary heart disease if their HDL-C levels are high. Cambridge University reports:

    “The researchers studied people with a rare genetic mutation in the SCARB1 gene, called the P376L variant, which causes the body to have high levels of ‘good’ HDL-C. High levels of ‘good’ cholesterol are commonly associated with reduced risk for coronary heart disease. Challenging this view, the researchers unexpectedly found that people with the rare mutation, who had increased levels of HDL-C, had an 80 per cent increased relative risk of the disease”

    This, for those with the mutation, therefore increases the risk of heart attack. And with the NHS reporting that Coronary Heart Disease causes more than 73,000 deaths in the UK each year, that’s 1 in 6 men and 1 in 10 women, it’s a pretty big killer.

    So while avocados do have lots of health benefits and are, for the most part, really good for you, this research is telling and extremely important for those with the genetic mutation.  Like most nutrients, unsaturated fats (those in avocados and other foods like fish and nuts) are healthy in moderation. If you’re an avid avocado-on-toast lover, continue enjoying your healthy breakfast at your heart’s content, but as shown from this discovery, it’s good to be aware of medical and food research.

    For more information on the Cambridge University study, have a read of their website.

    Laura Sewell

    An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry, with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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