In June, a team of researchers published a study in the journal Nature that demonstrated that consumption of a diet rich in passion fruit (the kind you’d find in the Starbucks) caused the body to produce more of the bad cholesterol-fighting ingredient called high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.
The researchers used mice with heart disease and found that consuming passion fruit for eight weeks led to a dramatic reduction in the amount of cholesterol produced.
This led to researchers concluding that passion fruit might be a “minimally invasive” way to prevent heart disease.
The fruit is typically eaten in the summer months, but you can also buy passion fruit grown on a farm or at a local farmers market.
Passion fruit contains a compound called passionan that has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels.
However, passionan can be toxic to humans and is considered a carcinogen, so its use in food products is regulated.
While passion fruit is a fantastic food choice, it can also have negative health consequences.
Passionfruit has been linked to the development of fatty liver, which is a condition where the liver becomes resistant to the body’s natural processes.
While the link between passion fruit and fatty liver has not yet been proven, a 2015 study found that the consumption of passion fruit during pregnancy increased the risk of fatty tail syndrome.
Fatty tail syndrome is an increased risk of birth defects, especially the liver.
And because it affects only around 1% of the population, the risk is not large enough to warrant banning passion fruit outright.
However if you’re looking to reduce your risk of heart disease, this is a good place to start.
Passion Fruit, however, is not the only fruit that can increase your blood cholesterol.
Here are a few other foods to avoid, including strawberries and blackberries.
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