Avocados are high in fat, so why do we consider them healthy?

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Most of us consider it a vegetable, but an avocado is really a fruit.

Half of a medium avocado has 114 calories and 10 grams of fat. So why do we consider them to be healthy?

"Avocados are high in fat, so you should eat them in moderation, but it's the good kind of fat – monounsaturated fat – which can reduce your bad LDL cholesterol and that can actually reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke,” said Julia Calderone, associate editor for health and food at Consumer Reports.

If you choose Hass avocados – the small, dark ones with the bumpy surface – you get slightly more fat than Florida avocados which are larger and bright green.

But any avocado is a good choice. They're loaded with vitamins, including folate, B6, C, E and K. They’re rich in blood-lowering potassium and fiber. Half an avocado has almost 5 grams of fiber, roughly 15 to 20 percent of the amount you need each day.

"They also contain nutrients that have been shown to be important for eye health, such as lutein that can help prevent things like age-related macular degeneration and cataracts,” Calderone said.

More Info: Are Avocados Good for You?

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