Although they aren't sweet, avocados are actually fruit and 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 work as an antioxidant potentially for cancer protection, and lutein promoting healthy vision.
Ripe avocados are slightly soft to pressure from your palm. Use them mashed as a spread, slivered and layered in sandwiches, or in a new recipe.