She uses fatty fruits in soups, dips and even chocolate truffles. Depending on how you cook with them, avocados can be a great fat substitute that won’t make your desserts taste like avocado, she noted.
They are packed with nutrients and can be a beneficial addition to a balanced diet. Here are five reasons why avocados are good for you:
1. Avocados are rich in omega-3s
They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower low density lipoprotein cholesterol. Often referred to as LDL cholesterol, it’s known as “bad cholesterol,” Drayer said, while high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is “good cholesterol.”
2. They are an excellent source of potassium
3. They’re packed with monounsaturated fats
Monounsaturated fats are fat molecules with an unsaturated carbon bond, Drayer said. Simply put, it’s an unsaturated fat that lowers LDL cholesterol without affecting good HDL cholesterol, she added.
4. They are also high in fiber
5. Avocados are high in folate
Folate is a B vitamin that’s important for healthy brain function and healthy pregnancies, Drayer said.
The bottom line
Avocados are a great source of nutrients and can help lower LDL cholesterol. Moreover, they can keep you satisfied for longer.
Like other high fat foods, avocados are calorie dense, which means there are a lot of calories per gram. A 100-gram (3.5-ounce) serving of avocado contains 160 calories, according to the USDA.
As long as you are aware of your consumption of avocados because they are high in calories, they are a great addition to your diet, Drayer said.