This is truly an amazing food, and yes, it’s technically a fruit. Sure, they’re high in fat, but the fat is largely monounsaturated fat which actually lowers cholesterol. Avocados are also high in beta-sistosterol, a natural substance shown to significantly lower blood cholesterol and is also highly protective of the prostate. They also contain lutein, a valuable member of the carotenoid family that is a natural antioxidant and helps your eyes stay healthy while maintaining the health of your skin. Avocados have tons of heart-healthy fat, a bunch of fiber, and next to zero effect on blood sugar. Plus they’re filling and delicious and great on salads.

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth

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