Look to the Hass
If you're trying to lower your LDL "bad" cholesterol, adding an avocado a day to your moderate-fat, cholesterol-lowering diet may provide some results. Researchers recently learned for the first time that additional LDL lowering occurs when one daily avocado is included as part of a cholesterol-lowering diet with moderate fat. The avocado diet lowered LDL cholesterol 13.5 mg/dl, compared to a decrease of 8.3 mg/dl for a moderate-fat diet without avocados and 7.4 mg/dl for a low-fat diet without avocados. Reported in Journal of the American Heart Association, the study used Hass avocados, the smaller, darker variety with bumpy skin and a higher nutrient content compared to Florida avocados. Researchers note that we should start thinking of new ways to incorporate avocados into meals.