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. 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.
  • Promote nutrient absorption: The unsaturated fat in avocados helps increase the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, K, and E, while the vitamin C helps your body absorb iron and Vitamin D.
  • Improve digestion: Fiber in general helps keep you fuller longer, but avocados are also a good source of a fruit fiber called pectin, which supports a healthy gut.
  • Manage weight and glucose: One small study, (supported by the Hass Avocado Board) found that when people replaced carbohydrates with avocado, they felt more satisfied after eating and had better glucose control.
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