Though they aren't sweet, avocados are actually fruit, and they have unheralded health benefits. Avocados provide heart-healthy folate; vitamins E, C, and B6 potassium; and soluble fiber. Their fat is mostly monounsaturated, the kind that's heart-healthy. And avocados have phytonutrient benefits: cholesterol-lowering plant sterols; glutathione, which works as an antioxidant potentially for cancer protection; and lutein, which promotes healthy vision. Ripe avocados are slightly soft to pressure from your paIm. Use them mashed as a spread, slivered and layered in sandwiches, or in a new recipe.