Stop eating avocados. Right now.

Stop eating avocados. Right now.

The fruit can be found in every hipster’s pantry – and it is hailed as the healthy food.

You can put it in a salad, make soup from it; top pizza with it, stuff in a sandwich and even make a burger bun from it.

Avocados have been found to contain a number of beneficial fats, including Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamins K and B5, as well as fibre.

The fruit, like some fish and nuts, helps increase the level of good cholesterol in your body.

This ‘good’ high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) has long been found to reduce the risk of heart disease.

However it's not that simple anymore.

Research conducted by the University of Cambridge found that some people have a genetic mutation which means high levels of HDL-C puts them at increased risk of coronary heart disease.

People with a rare mutation in the SCARB1 gene, called the P376L variant were found to have unusually high levels of HDL-C, and had an 80 per cent increased relative risk of coronary heart disease.

Dr Adam Butterworth, co-investigator of the study said:

This discovery could lead to new drugs that improve the processing of HDL-C to prevent devastating heart attacks.

The mutation is estimated to affect one in 1,700 people.

Talking to the BBC, Butterworth said:

This is one of the first studies to show that some people that have high levels of 'good' cholesterol actually have a higher risk of heart disease so it challenges our conventional wisdom about whether 'good' cholesterol is protecting people from heart disease or not.

The NHS encourages people to pursue a balanced diet of moderation.

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