Top 10 Foods to Trim Your Waistline and Boost Your Health

2. Avocados

You might know that more than 75 percent of the fat in avocados comes from beneficial mono- and polyunsaturated fats, making the fruit a heart-healthy choice, but avocados’ health benefits extend well beyond your ticker. Results published in Nutrition Journal showed that avocado consumers had better diets, lower body weights and smaller waistlines compared with those who didn’t report eating avocados. And another study conducted at The Ohio State University showed that pairing avocados with tomato sauce or carrots more than doubles the absorption of beneficial carotenoids. A serving of avocados (one-fifth of a medium-size fruit) provides 50 calories and nearly 20 different vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids known to help prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

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