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.