An avo a day keeps the doctor away

Eating avocados may be the trend of the century but a new study has found consuming the fruit more than twice a week reduces your chances of heart disease.

Over a 30-year period, Harvard University researchers collected data from 110,000 female and male participants.

The school of public health at Harvard University discovered those who ate at least two servings of avocado a week had a 16 per cent lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Researchers found there is also 21 per cent lower risk of coronary heart disease.

Western Independent created a poll on Instagram asking followers: “how many avocados do you eat in a week?”

Millennials were significant responders and results suggested most people consume one to three avocados on a weekly basis.

This goes hand in hand with the popularity of the fruit, especially at well known cafe, North Street Store located in Cottesloe.

General manager Cam says his cafe’s smashed avocado is their third most popular dish.

“On weekends, we go through 30 avocados a day, and on weekdays it is around 15 avocados a day. That is 135 avocados a week, ” says Cam.

Accredited practising dietitian and clinical director at Fuel Your Life Peta Cullis explains that with thanks to the existing study on avocado consumption, avocado can be recognised as a fruit which is easily incorporated into anybody’s diet.

An avocado in loving hands. Photo: Abbey Cullen.

Ms Cullis says it seems avocado consumption is tied to where you live plus the availability and cost of the fruit. Where they’re difficult to buy or overly expensive, they’re not consumed in great quantities.

Peta Cullis. Photo: Sunshine Coast Dietetics.

“I don’t really need to recommend avocados to my clients as a lot of them already eat them due to popularity,” says Ms. Cullis.

Administrative and export manager to The Avocado Collective – Manjimup Sophia Cremasco says avocado sales are through the roof.

“They are the cheapest they have ever been in the past six or seven years.”

“It has been the largest season to date. We have three million trays at the one facility,” says Ms Cremasco.

According to Ms. Cremasco, the health promotion of avocados differs between markets.

“The Japanese market tend to focus more on why the fruit is good for them and what’s in it,” Ms Cermasco says.

“Australia seems to care more about the taste”.