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AVOCADO

Heals: High cholestero­l

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Heart disease Insulin resistance Cancer • Blood sugar swings selected by will cole, ifmcp, dc “Avocados have been shown

to help improve cardiovasc­ular health and can significan­tly lower total cholestero­l and triglyceri­de levels, because of their monounsatu­rated and polyunsatu­rated fat content. These fatty acids have been shown to improve cognitive function, depression, anxiety, and brain fog, as fats are a more efficient fuel source for your brain than glucose. Avocados also contain essential fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and K and important electrolyt­es such as magnesium and potassium. They are a great source of plantbased protein, with approximat­ely 4 grams in one whole avocado, and boast 4.6 grams of soluble fiber per serving.” Serving size: ½ cup, cubed (2.6 oz. or 75 g)

Will Cole is a Pittsburgh-based functional-medicine practition­er and doctor of chiropract­ic. He is the author of the book Ketotarian and the cohost of goop.com’s newest podcast, Goopfellas. Good to Know: If you want your avocados to ripen faster, store them in a paper bag at room temperatur­e, and they should be ready to eat within two to three days. Placing an apple in the bag with them speeds up the process even more. Don’t want to wait? Avocado oil is one of the healthiest oils you can cook with. Plus it has a higher smoking point than olive oil, so you can cook at higher temperatur­es.

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