Some scientists on the avocado-loving trip recently published a comprehensive review of studies on the multitude of health benefits of the avocado in the journal Phytotherapy Research. Mainly, it helps lower the risk of metabolic syndrome—which is associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, added body fat, and cardiovascular disease.

Guac hard: Metabolic syndrome is the result of a crappy diet and a lack of exercise. But avocados can help.