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Science has already shown strong evidence that eating avocados on the reg can add years to your life, and now, the favored fruit is being praised for another reason. Researchers analyzed 129 studies involving the healthy fat and found that avocados can help prevent metabolic syndrome.

Never heard of metabolic syndrome? Eerily dubbed “the silent killer,” it’s used to describe a deadly combination for having three or more risks for being diagnosed with heart disease or diabetes. The syndrome affects 40 percent of Americans older than 40, so it’s a serious problem.

Metabolic syndrome affects 40 percent of Americans older than 40, so it’s a serious problem.

The reason why eating avocados is so productive in warding off the aforementioned health ailments is that its healthy fats help lower cholesterol and boost metabolism. Researchers also found that people who eat avocados tend to have less belly fat than those who don’t.

“Avocado is a well-known source of carotenoids, minerals, phenolics, vitamins, and fatty acids,” the study reads. “The lipid-lowering, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anti-obesity, antithrombotic, antiatherosclerotic, and cardioprotective effects of avocado have been demonstrated in several studies.” Quite a mouthful of benefits (pun intended)! So, avo-coffee smoothie for breakfast tomorrow?

Learn how to tell when an avocado is at its peak ripeness, and then use ’em to give your home a spring makeover.