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LISA YATES, APD Lisa is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian currently consulting to Australian Avocados and their Avocado Nutrition program. For 10 years she has been Program Manager at Nuts for Life – a health education initiative from the Australian Tree Nut Industry, and she is a monthly contributor to Medical Observer’s “Food Factor” column. Read more about Lisa at n4foodandhealth.com AVOCADOS FOR GOOD HEALTH A new research report has become available, which explains the health benefits of avocados. Report author Lisa Yates explains. new US study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has shown that eating an avocado a day, as part of a moderate fat diet, is almost twice as effective as a lower fat diet in reducing “bad” cholesterol. A Research has also identified that as part of a healthy diet, this natural whole food may play a role in helping to manage conditions such as high blood cholesterol, which is a risk factor for heart disease. Recently, I authored a comprehensive report for Australian Avocados, which summarise the past 20 years of scientific evidence on avocados, nutrition and health. The key findings from this review highlight that as part of a healthy diet, avocados may: • lower LDL cholesterol and boost HDL cholesterol, contributing to cardiovascular health • help with the absorption of colourful caroteniod necessary for eye health • assist in weight management, in fact avocado eaters tend to weigh less, have a lower BMI, and a smaller waist • improve glucose tolerance for people with diabetes. Avocados are also rich in folate, which is needed for tissue development during pregnancy. Of course, don’t fall prey to the “health halo” effect we mentioned earlier. Avocados are great for your health, so long as they are part of a balanced diet. You can read the full report for free at  http://bit.ly/2015AvocadoReport 8 YMCA HEALTHY LIVING MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2015