Avocados are highly nutritious: they contain almost 20 vitamins and minerals. They are rich in potassium, folate, lutein, vitamins C and E, and vitamin K. They also contain many minerals and B-group vitamins. They are low in sugar and carbohydrates, but they are a good source of fiber.
The avocado is higher in calories than most other fruit, and two thirds of the calories come from fats. However, the fat is mostly monounsaturated. Most of it is oleic acid, which has been linked to many health benefits such as reducing inflammation and preventing heart disease. Monounsaturated fats also help to keep blood sugar under control and cholesterol levels low.
Even if you are trying to lose weight, there is no need to be afraid of eating avocados. They have many uses in a healthy balanced diet. The fiber helps to keep digestion healthy and it also makes you feel full longer. Use avocados as a substitute to butter or other fats, use them as sandwich toppings and in guacamole and other dips, or add them to salads, smoothies, wraps and pasta.