• Avocados and Heart Health – What Your Patients Should Know

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    Guide Your Patients to Better Heart Health

    Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for Americans. Guide your patients toward a heart-healthy lifestyle by helping them identify foods that are nutritious, delicious, and easy to prepare. Avocados check all those boxes.

    Avocados are a heart-healthy food, and people love them. They count toward fruit and vegetable intake, are a good source of fiber and naturally good fats, and provide several underconsumed nutrients, including 250 milligrams of potassium (6% daily value [DV]) per one-third of a medium avocado.1

    A growing body of scientific evidence demonstrates that avocados can be part of a heart-healthy eating plan in ways that are both practical and enjoyable.

    Follow the science about avocados and heart health

    Get Your Patients Started with Evidenced-based, USDA-approved Resources

    We’ve made it easy for you to empower your patients to close key nutrient gaps with practical and simple-to-follow guidance using the free Love One Today® Heart Health Toolkit. No sign-up or registration is required. The toolkit includes:

    • Digital Cookbook: Healthy Swaps for the Heart includes more than a dozen simple and delicious recipes for any time of day.

    • 5-Day Meal Plan: This comprehensive meal plan that shows your patients how easy it is to bring heart-healthy choices into their daily routine.

    • Smart Food Choices Handout: This easy-to-understand handout will show your patients that making a healthy choice is possible in any situation.

    • Avocado Fact Sheet: From serving size to nutritional composition, this fact sheet includes all your patients ever wanted to know about avocados.

    Get your patients started today on a heart-healthy plan using these resources.

    Heart Health Facts:

    • The American Heart Association advises that replacing saturated fat in the diet with healthier unsaturated fat can produce similar results to cholesterol-lowering drugs.2 Avocados are a low saturated fat food and provide 6 grams of unsaturated fat per serving.1

    • A diet rich in potassium helps to offset some of sodium’s harmful effects on blood pressure. Avocados contain 250 milligrams of potassium (6% DV) per one-third of a medium avocado.1

    • When used in place of other fats, avocados can be a part of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan, which may help to lower blood pressure.3

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    References

    1. Love One Today®. Avocado nutrition FAQ. Accessed August 2, 2022. https://loveonetoday.com/nutrition/avocado-nutrition-faq/
    2. Sacks FM, Lichtenstein AH, Wu JHY, et al. Dietary facts and cardiovascular disease: a presidential advisory from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2017;136(3):e1-e23
    3. Mayo Clinic. DASH diet: healthy eating to lower your blood pressure. Accessed August 2, 2022. www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/dash-diet/art-20048456

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