Five Surprising Good-for-you Foods

You should feel good about eating these―the latest research shows they deserve a prominent place in a healthy diet.

Food: Avocado

Food: Avocado

Misconception: I shouldn't eat avocados because they're high in fat.

Why They're Good for You: Avocados are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and contain active compounds that may help prevent cancer. They are loaded with antioxidants, including familiar disease-fighting compounds such as lutein, beta-carotene, and vitamin E. They also help the body absorb phytochemicals from other foods. The lycopene in tomatoes or the beta-carotene in carrots may be better absorbed if there's a slice or two of avocado in the bowl. Scientists suspect that the fat content of avocados helps the body absorb these antioxidants.

Recipes:
Avocado and Shrimp Sushi
Avocado-Tomatillo Dip with Cumin Pita Chips  

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