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Anti-Inflammatory Diet Tip: Avocado

Anti-Inflammatory Diet Tip: Avocado

If you've given up fatty foods, good for you! But you're probably missing that greasy goodness. Here's some good news: Avocados are a healthy fat that your body loves.That's because they contain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which provide anti-inflammatory benefits.

Creamy, buttery avocados are also packed with other nutrients that help curb inflammation, including phytosterols. While more research is needed, several studies show that eating phytosterols may lead to lower levels of certain inflammation-boosting proteins. Plus, these plant sterols can block cholesterol from getting into your bloodstream, which means it may help lower your cholesterol levels.

What Do Experts Say?
"Along with olive oil, nuts and seeds, avocados are on my short list of healthiest fats," says dietitian Janis Jibrin, MS, RD. "Like olive oil, they're mainly composed of monounsaturated fat, which is linked to heart health. Plus, avocados contain a sprinkling of most vitamins and minerals. They're especially rich in folic acid, which is linked to heart health and healthy pregnancies."

How Should You Eat It?
Adding avocados to your diet is easy. Mashing them into a delicious, crowd-pleasing bowl of guacamole is a no-brainer. But they're also great in salads, sushi, sandwiches or wraps. Spread it on toast for a smart midday snack.

Try this Avocado Chocolate Mousse Recipe.

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