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Are avocados and guacamole a healthy choice? When I order a burrito, I skip the cheese and sour cream, and ask for guacamole instead. Also, I order guacamole in place of mayonnaise on sandwiches at the deli. Does it contain what would be called a “healthy oil,” or would I be better off not eating it?

Avocados are a healthy alternative to other fats such as sour cream, as they are high in monounsaturated fat, a "healthy oil." Monounsaturated fats can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Guacamole can do the same, depending upon how it's made. Some recipes call for sour cream, which will add saturated fat, making it less heart-healthy. Saturated fat has been shown to contribute to heart disease.

Ask how a restaurant makes its guacamole, just to be sure. Keep in mind, though, that avocados and guacamole still fall under the fat category. A serving of an avocado would be 2 tablespoons. Mustard would be a good choice, having no fat.

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