Avocados are known to contain nutrients associated with heart health, and this study adds to the evidence showing they can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in the general population.
A cohort of 67,383 teachers in Mexico was followed for a median of 2.2 years. Their avocado intake was assessed using a semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) which showed their median avocado consumption as one serving (half an avocado) a week.
The incidence of hypertension in this study cohort was assessed by self-reported diagnosis and medical treatment. After adjusting for potentially confounding effects, consuming five or more servings of avocado per week was associated with a 17% decrease in the rate of hypertension compared to those who were low- or non-consumers of avocado.
- A diet for optimal blood pressure is low in sodium and rich in plant foods, such as avocado
- Aim for two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables daily, and a variety of colours and types
- A serve of avocado is half a medium avocado. Encourage regular consumption of avocados as part of a heart-healthy eating pattern
Monge A, Stern D, Cortés-Valencia A, et al. Avocado consumption is associated with a reduction in hypertension incidence in Mexican women. British Journal of Nutrition 2022; 1-8 (August).