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An Avocado a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

You know what they say about apples—one a day will keep the doctor away—but a new study finds this old saying could apply to avocados, too.

Cut avocados on a plate.
    • Penn State Avocado Study: The Journal of Nutrition, (2019), "A Moderate-Fat Diet with One Avocado per Day Increases Plasma Antioxidants and Decreases the Oxidation of Small, Dense LDL in Adults with Overweight and Obesity,"

    • Avocado Vitamin Overview: Academy of Nutrition and Dietics, "Choose Healthy Fats,"

    • Nutritional Facts About Avocados: US Department of Agriculture, "Avocados, Raw, All Commercial Varieties,"(2019),

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    Lara is a former digital editor for HealthCentral, covering Sexual Health, Digestive Health, Head and Neck Cancer, and Gynecologic Cancers. She continues to contribute to HealthCentral while she works towards her masters in marriage and family therapy and art therapy. In a past life, she worked as the patient education editor at the American College of OB-GYNs and as a news writer/editor at