Research shows that avocados can potentially increase risk of heart disease 1 year ago

Research shows that avocados can potentially increase risk of heart disease

The general consensus is that avocados are full of 'good fats' and by stocking up, we're getting our fill of Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin B5, Vitamin K and fibre. 

However, new research conducted by Cambridge University suggests that the 'healthy fats' contained in avocados and other foods including nuts and fish, can increase the risk of heart disease.

As BBC News points out, eating these foods can increase your 'good cholesterol' also known as high-density lipoprotein.

After studying 'rare gene mutations' which can lead to high levels of good cholesterol, the results showed that people with a mutation in a gene named SCARB1 had high levels of good cholesterol.

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However, the other finding presented from the research is that people with this gene, an estimated 1 in 1,700, were also eighty percent more likely to have a heart attack.

Speaking to BBC News, Professor Adam Butterworth from Cambridge University said:

"This is significant because we had always believed that good cholesterol is associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

"This is one of the first studies to show that some people that have high levels of 'good' cholesterol actually have a higher risk of heart disease so it challenges our conventional wisdom about whether 'good' cholesterol is protecting people from heart disease or not."

This article first appeared on HER.ie.