WHY WE AVOID IT:
An unfortunate victim of fat-phobia propaganda that considers all fats fattening.
WHY WE SHOULD EAT IT:
With 84% of their calories coming from fat, it’s true that they’re a fatty food. But it’s mostly monounsaturated fats, the same type of fat that makes olive oil healthy and does not contribute to weight gain. Avocados contain more than 25 essential nutrients and have 60% more potassium than bananas. Studies show that eating avocados lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises HDL (good) cholesterol. The flesh also contains compounds that have potent anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce the risk of inflammatory and degenerative diseases. So enjoy spoonfuls of guacamole guilt-free.