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Its smooth, buttery flavor might make avocado taste like a forbidden food, but it definitely deserves its place in your healthy diet!  While you might be tempted to banish avocado from your plate due to its high fat and calorie content, think again!  Research shows that avocado actually helps you LOSE WEIGHT!

The mono-unsaturated fats in avocado help speed up your metabolism.  They also help lower bad cholesterol, raise good cholesterol and are packed with nutrients including potassium, vitamin E, vitamin C, B-vitamins, magnesium, folate and omega 3 fatty acids.

There are tons of ways to use avocado beyond just throwing it on your salad.  Here are 10 awesome avocado recipes to get you started eating more of this healthy weight loss food!