For many Americans, May 5 is a day to feast on delicious Mexican cuisine in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

A staple of Mexican cuisine is guacamole, a dip whose main ingredient is a health food powerhouse: the avocado.

Regardless of whether you dip it, dunk it, or simply eat it with a fork, your body is sure to reap the healthy rewards of this deliciously smooth and beautiful fruit.

Here are six facts about the health benefits of avocados (plus a couple of nifty tips on how to keep that delicious guacamole from browning):

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