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As if you needed another excuse to break out the guacamole:

by definition, avocados provide more than 20 key nutrients, including B vitamins, vitamin E, and brain-boosting choline. They also contain copper and zinc and antioxidant pigments that fight inflammation. All this nutritional might does come at a cost: One avocado packs about 230 calories and 21 grams of monounsaturated fats. Heart Protector Some runners avoid avocados because of the fat content, but according to several studies, the fruit helps lower levels of artery-clogging LDL ("bad" cholesterol) and increase levels of HDL ("good" cholesterol). The monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, and polyphenols all seem to work together to boost heart health. Waist Trimmer Researchers have found that those who routinely eat avocados have a smaller waist size and lower body mass index than abstainers. Avocado eaters also have a lower risk for metabolic syndrome, characterized by high ...

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