Avocados are tropical fruits that grow on the avocado tree, which is native to Mexico. They belong to the family Lauraceae. While most fruits have a low fat content and a high sugar content, avocados contain a great deal of monounsaturated fat, which is the healthy type of fat. About 85 percent of the avocado’s total calorie count can be attributed to fat calories. While fatty foods often have dieters running in the other direction, include avocados in your meal plan to reap the benefits of these healthy fats, which offer anti-inflammatory properties and a reduced risk of heart disease. It also helps your digestive tract absorb carotenoids and other fat-soluble nutrients.
One cup of avocado contains about 233 calories and about 39 percent of the recommended daily value of fiber, which can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Avocados also contain vitamins K, C, and B5, as well as folate and potassium.
Avoid over-peeling an avocado. The carotenoids are concentrated just beneath the skin. Slice the avocado lengthwise, remove the seeds, and use your fingers to gently peel off the skin. Alison Sweeney added avocados to her healthy diet plan when she needed to lose weight; she prefers adding the fruit to green salads. When “Criminal Minds” actress A.J. Cook was investigating various weight loss plans after giving birth, her preferred meal plan included topping a veggie burger with avocado and veggies for dinner.