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Category: avocados

  • Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Guacamole

    High-fat plant foods—avocados, peanuts, and walnuts—and olive oil are put to the test. In the preface of my book How Not to Die, after bemoaning the fact that although Big Pharma offered me countless steak dinners during my medical training, Big Broccoli never asked me out, I wrote that you’ll probably never see an ad […]

  • How Good Are Avocados for You?

    The nutritional benefits of guacamole extend beyond the nutrients in avocados. Avocados have been described as a “major dietary source of antioxidants.” While this may be true compared to many of the foods people usually eat, they aren’t necessarily anything to write home about when compared to other common fruits, as you can see at […]

  • Are Avocados a Weight Loss Food?

    Studies funded by the Avocado Board suggest avocados may facilitate weight loss, but compared to what? What are the effects of avocado on metabolic syndrome, “a clustering of risk factors”—high blood sugars, high blood triglycerides, high blood pressure, and obesity—that sets you up for diabetes and heart disease? “Avocado consumption is associated with better diet […]

  • What Do Avocados Do to Your Cholesterol?

    Can guacamole lower your cholesterol as well as other whole–food fat sources like nuts, or is that just spin by the avocado industry?  “Avocados are the richest known fruit source of phytosterols,” the cholesterol-lowering nutrients found in plant foods, brags a review sponsored by the HASS Avocado Board. The operative word, though, is fruit.  Yes, avocados contain more phytosterols compared to other fruit, but phytosterols are fat-soluble […]

  • Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen Healthiest of Healthy Foods 

    In my book How Not to Die, I center my recommendations around a Daily Dozen checklist of everything I try to fit into my daily routine.  In my book How Not to Die, I suggest we try to center our diets around whole plant foods. Some plants are healthier than others, though. Apparently, you can live for extended periods eating practically nothing but white potatoes, for example, […]

  • Are Avocados Associated with Greater Risk or Reduced Risk of Cancer?

    Avocado consumption can improve artery function, but what effect might guacamole have on cancer risk? In my last video about avocados, The Effects of Avocados and Red Wine on Meal-Induced Inflammation, I described their anti-inflammatory effects and cholesterol- and triglyceride-lowering effects, but what about the Are Avocados Good for You? video I did years ago […]

  • What Happens if You Have Red Wine or Avocados with a Meal?

    Whole plant sources of sugar and fat can ameliorate some of the postprandial (after meal) inflammation caused by the consumption of refined carbohydrates and meat. Studies have shown how adding even steamed skinless chicken breast can exacerbate the insulin spike from white rice, but fish may be worse. At 0:18 in my video The Effects […]

  • Decreasing Inflammation and Oxidation After Meals

    Within hours of eating an unhealthy meal, we can get a spike in inflammation, crippling our artery function, thickening our blood, and causing a fight-or-flight nerve response. Thankfully, there are foods we can eat at every meal to counter this reaction. Standard American meals rich in processed junk and meat and dairy lead to exaggerated […]