Get your guac fix — your heart will thank you for it.
With their smooth, creamy texture and total versatility, avocados have become an increasingly trendy fruit (yes, fruit!). But let’s set the record straight on avocados containing a lot of fat: The heart-healthy kind here is actually good for you in moderate amounts. Now that we’ve cleared that up, read on for more about this Instagram-friendly superfood.
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: The unsaturated fats can get “bad” cholesterol in check.
- Help your heart: The fats and fiber reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Promote eye, skin, and bone health: Phytochemicals like carotenoids and phytosterols reduce oxidative and inflammatory stress.
Now that you’ve got the deets, here are the top questions nutritionists get about avocados, answered:
Are avocados fattening?
Avocados are rich in mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, the kind that actually reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke. Clinical trials have consistently found that eating avocado can lower your LDL cholesterol and improve lipid and lipoprotein profiles.