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Avocados are getting a huge amount of publicity recently for their wonderful taste and health benefits. This is excellent progress for the nutrition community as we used to scorn this fruit for its high fat content. This yummy food is taking the world by storm.

It is true that avocados are about 85% fat. However, these fats are monounsaturated and can have wonderful benefits in the body. Monounsaturated fats can help decrease the risk of heart disease, improve absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, regulate blood sugar and decrease inflammation.

Now that doesn’t mean that we can eat as much avocado as we want. They still contain calories and must be accounted for based on desired caloric intake of each individual. But, they are definitely a good use of calories and a good food to make room for in your diet.

One of the best things about avocados is their creamy texture. This means that they can often be substituted for other foods to improve the consistency in various recipes and dishes. Avocados can be used in place of mayonnaise on sandwiches, in dressings and in chicken salad. How do you use avocados in your recipes?