I'm not going to lie.
I have an obsession with the avocado. I try to sneak it in to almost everything I eat.
Don't even get me started on guacamole!
So, it was with great interest I read THAT, "according to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... researchers studied the diets of 17,567 adults and found those who ate half an avocado per day had lower cholesterol levels and better health overall than those who didn't. They also cut their risk of metabolic syndrome - a collection of measures that together increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and stroke by 50 percent". (VegNews July/Aug 2013)
My scientific mind wonders how much the avocado itself has to do with such findings but I figure it must play a part! Good enough for me. (But who can stop at just half an avocado?)
As a side note of interest, a study published in the journal PLoS One found a link between increased rates of sugar in our food supply and higher rates of type 2 Diabetes. "Specifically, every 150-calorie increase per person per day - the amount in one can of soda - increases the rate of diabetes by 1.1%".
It seems like when you're getting your calories, a calorie from sugar is more damaging.