The Avocado

It's in our name - and it's also one of the world's healthiest foods

One of the world's healthiest foods

The health benefits of the avocado are pretty amazing. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. A healthy diet is the key to keeping your heart strong and healthy. Eating avocados in place of foods containing saturated fat can help consumers achieve a major dietary goal of reducing the amount of saturated fat in their diet.

The avocado's reputation as a high-fat food is entirely accurate. However, it's monounsaturated fat, which is a "good" fat that helps lower bad cholesterol. Avocados are naturally cholesterol and sodium free, and more than 50% of the fruit’s fat content is monounsaturated - so that makes them a great fruit to help meet the American Heart Association’s dietary recommendations. In one national study, participants who reported eating any avocado during the last 24 hours were compared to participants who reporting eating no avocado during that same time period. The avocado-eating U.S. adults were found to have greater fiber intake. The study authors also noted that avocado eating was associated with better overall diet quality, as well as better intake of vegetables and fruits as a whole.