Avera Medical Minute: Heart Healthy Avocados 1/20/11 - KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Sports

Avera Medical Minute: Heart Healthy Avocados 1/20/11

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Registered Dietician Nikki Ver Steeg with the Avera Heart Hospital of SD. Registered Dietician Nikki Ver Steeg with the Avera Heart Hospital of SD.

New research out this week from Oxford University says if you eat 8 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day were 22% less likely to die from heart disease than those who ate 3 or less servings a day. Nancy Naeve Brown talked to one of the registered dieticians at the Avera Heart Hospital to find out how you can add at least one more serving of fruit to your diet, and this may surprise you that fruit is an avocado. 

Registered Dietician Nikki Ver Steeg at the Avera Heart Hospital says, "Avocados are a heart healthy super food packed full of antioxidants and nutrients such as potassium. It has a lot of different vitamins and minerals and a great source of heart healthy monounsaturated fat. Some people shy away from avocados because of the fat, but really that monounsaturated fat is great for helping to lower the LDL cholesterol and increase good HDL cholesterol.

Q: If you get guacamole at a restaurant isn't more fattening because it has mayo in it?

A: That depends. Some places put mayo in it, but if you are lucky it just has some salsa, avocados mashed together maybe with some onions. It really depends on the restaurants so that's why I recommend making your own."

So make sure to grab some avocados for your super bowl party or for whatever occasion you have. Questions? Call 877-AT-AVERA or the Avera Heart Hospital at 605-977-7000.

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