Benefits of avocados: 5 ways they are good for your health

a bowl of fruit sitting on top of a wooden cutting board: Avocados are a great source of potassium and can help lower LDL cholesterol.

Avocados have become an increasingly popular food in recent years, with people blending the creamy fruit in their smoothies or slicing it to layer on top of toast.

The green fruit has become a staple in kitchens around the world — and for good reason. Avocados deliver a variety of health benefits and are a versatile ingredient when cooking, said CNN nutrition contributor Lisa Drayer.

She uses the fatty fruit in soups, dips and even chocolate truffles. Depending on how you bake with it, avocados can be a great fat substitute that won’t make your desserts taste like an avocado, she noted.

They are chock-full of nutrients and can be a beneficial addition to a balanced diet. These are five ways avocados are good for your health:

1. Avocados are high in omega-3
They are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help to lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Often called LDL cholesterol, it is known as the “bad cholesterol,” Drayer said, while high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is the “good cholesterol.”

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