- Avocado seeds have more antioxidants than most fruit and vegetables
- Seeds make up 70 percent of the nutritional benefit of an entire avocado
- Most common way for people to consume avocado seeds is in smoothies
- Cutting the seed into quarters and blending it into a powder is popular
It may be the trendiest health food around at the moment, but are you throwing away the healthiest part of your avocado?
While many are quick to just ditch the seed, it actually has more antioxidants in it than most fruit and vegetables.
It also has more soluble fibre than oats and most other foods, according to health experts.
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While many are happy to just ditch the seed of an avocado, it actually has more antioxidants in it than most fruit and vegetables and more soluble fibre that oats and other foods.
In fact, the seeds – also known as pips or stones – are so good for you they are said to make up 70 percent of the nutritional benefit of an entire avocado.
So how exactly do you consume all of this ‘good fat’ goodness?
The most common way to eat an avocado seed is in a smoothie.
But before you bite into the seed and crack a tooth, you should cut it into quarters using a knife and pop it in the blender so it becomes a powder before adding to your smoothie.
The taste is supposed to be quite strong so mixing with strong flavours like frozen berries, kale, spinach or pineapple is a good idea.
Half a seed is a good amount for one smoothie, according to One Green Planet.
You can also dry the seeds out beforehand to make a powder that will last longer by leaving them in the sunlight on the windowsill.
Others are known to dry out the seed and then grate it so they can add to sauces or as a seasoning over food – similar to salt and pepper.
While avocados are known for its ‘good fats’ and being nutritional, some doctors say the make-up on an avocado seed can help lower cholesterol and helps fight off viral and bacterial diseases.
Due to its high soluble fibre levels, avocado seeds can also help reduce digestive problems and intestinal disorders.
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