Adults who ate a small avocado every day for five weeks instead of a sugary dessert or beverage had significantly lower cholesterol than those who didn’t eat one. Explanation: Avocados contain monounsaturated fat, fiber, phytosterols and other nutrients believed to lower the amount of cholesterol in the blood. Tip: Add avocado to salads, sandwiches or lean protein, such as chicken or fish dishes, and eat guacamole with fresh veggies–not high-sodium chips.

Learn about detoxification and dietary cleansing on March 16, 2015 at 7PM. Seats are limited! Call for more info.

Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, distinguished professor of nutrition. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park.