Holy guacamole! Avocados are worth exclaiming about.

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A third of a medium-sized one delivers 10% of your recommended daily value for folate, vitamin K and copper, 15% for pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), and a good dose of vitamins C, E, niacin and riboflavin, not to mention the minerals zinc, magnesium and manganese. It’s the only fruit to contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

Now, new studies reveal additional health benefits from eating avocados. Researchers at Penn State have found that eating a moderate-fat diet that includes a daily avocado (that’s around 200-300 calories, so substitute it for other food!) reduces lousy LDL cholesterol, especially small, dense LDL particles and oxidized LDL, which are tied to cardiovascular disease.

A preliminary mouse study out of Guelph University in Canada indicates that avocatin B (AvoB), a fat molecule found only in avocados, helps reduce insulin resistance when given as a supplement. What this study means for people, we’re not sure, but it’s one more indication that there’s something kinda holy about guacamole.

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of “The Dr. Oz Show.” Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief wellness officer and chairman of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. For more, visit www.sharecare.com.

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