Avocados are widely valued for their heart-healthy fats and high nutrient value – an Avocado contains roughly 20 vitamins and minerals and more potassium than a banana. If you’re like most people, you slice your avocados in half lengthwise, dislodge the pit and discard it along with the skin. You’ve probably never given the pit a second thought, except maybe to marvel at it’s size and shape.
But there are a growing number of people who think the pit is much too valuable to be just discarded. Instead, they dehydrate the pit in a low-temperature oven, pulverize it using a blender or mallet, and then add the resulting powder to smoothies, tea, baked goods and more. Proponents claim that the seed “holds 70 per cent of the avocado’s antioxidants” and lots of soluble fibre. They say Its oil content prevents wrinkles and makes hair more luminous, while its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce appetite.
In 2016, when the trend first hit social media, the California Avocado Commission weighed in on whether or not eating the pit is safe. Their verdict: While there have been studies examining the effects of avocado seed extracts, the Commission wrote, “the fact is there is not enough research to support consuming an avocado seed. We don’t recommend it.”
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