Avocados (Photo credit: barron)

Food Tip Avocados contain heart-healthy fats that boost healthy cholesterol and can help keep you slim. Add one quarter to a sandwich or salad.

If you have sworn off avocados because you think they’re fattening, you are doing yourself a disservice (unless you couldn’t stop with just one or two at a time). Avocados, like walnuts, are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats and fiber, which help fill you up without causing you to gain weight when eaten in moderation. People who eat avocados have a lower body mass index (BMI), smaller waist and higher “good” HDL cholesterol levels than those who forgo them. Plus, half an avocado delivers 20 percent of your daily folate needs — a mineral that can be hard to come by. If you don’t like the hassle of peeling and pitting an avocado, the Avocado Pro tool makes easy work of opening, pitting, slicing, scooping and mashing, for those times when you’re craving guacamole.


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