Avocados are considered a “healthy” fat. Also called an alligator pear or butter fruit, it is the only fruit that provides a good amount of monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fats, when eaten in moderation, are beneficial for overall good health. Avocados are a nutrient-dense food and great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium and potassium. In addition they supply lutein, important for eye health, and omega-3s. Nutritionally they help to protect your heart, vision, bones, and aid digestion. Buy and eat ripe avocados daily to reap their nutrition benefits (gently press into the skin – if very firm, let it ripen for a few more days). But remember, they are very dense calorically – 1/3 of an avocado has about 80 calories and 1 cup of sliced avocado has approximately 234 calories.