Are Avocados Good for You? Learn All About the Health Benefits of Your Favorite Fruit

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They can do so much more than just aid in weight loss.

With their smooth, creamy texture, and huge degree of versatility, avocados have become an increasingly trendy fruit (yes, fruit!) — and for good reason. They’re well known for their healthy fats, but avocados also have a ton of fiber. In fact, avocados are packed with often-overlooked nutrients. Read on for more reasons why you should add this Instagram-friendly superfood to your plate more often.

Nutrition Stats
Serving Size: 1/2 avocado

114 calories
6g carbohydrates
1g protein
10.5g total fat (16% DV)
1g saturated fat
5g fiber
0g sugar
345mg potassium (10% DV)
20mg magnesium (5% DV)
6mg vitamin C (10% DV)
0.2mg vitamin B6 (10% DV)

Health Benefits of Avocados

All of the unsaturated fats, fiber, and phytochemicals (biologically active components of plants) in avocados work a lot of magic. Eating them can:

Lower LDL cholesterol: Avocados themselves contain no cholesterol and the unsaturated fats they do have may help get “bad” cholesterol in check. According to the Hass Avocado Board, avocados are also the richest known fruit source of phytosterols, important cholesterol-lowering compounds.

Boost your heart health: The fats and fiber may help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Promote eye, skin, and bone health: Phytochemicals like carotenoids and phytosterols reduce oxidative and inflammatory stress.

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