Healthy Foods: Avocado

Healthy Foods

This wonderful fruit has certainly gotten a bad rap in the past as being full of fat and therefore bad for you. But, as doctors and nutritionists have now learned that there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, they have also learned that there is good fat and bad fat. Yes, the avocado is high in fat but the majority of the fat is monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats and it contains oleic acid and beta-sitosterol which are both known to reduce bad cholesterol levels.

The avocado has many phytonutrients that help prevent chronic diseases and also act as a booster to help the body absorb the nutrients in other foods eaten with it. By itself, it is a good source of protein, fiber, beta-carotene, B vitamins, calcium, iron, lutein and even contains more potassium, magnesium and many other vitamins and minerals per ounce than any other fruit. It has no cholesterol or sodium and is low in sugars.

So drop the guilt associated with eating the avocado and appreciate all the goods things that you are providing your body instead.