Avocados are everywhere these days, and with their rich, creamy texture their mild flavor adapts to whatever they’re used with.
Avocados boast, rich, healthy nutrients like vitamins B, C, E, and K, along with a rich dose of healthy monounsaturated fats. Read on to find out more.
Avocados have been cultivated in Central America since at least as early as 5000 B.C.E. and are thought to have originated from the Puebla region of Mexico. There are at least 14 officially recognized varieties of avocados grown throughout tropical regions worldwide.
Fun fact: The word “avocado” comes from the Spanish name for them, “aguacate.” That, in turn, comes from the indigenous Nahuatl word for avocados, “ahuacatl,” which some linguists believe was also the Nahuatl term for a certain part of the male anatomy bearing resemblance to avocados.
Avocados are perhaps best known (and loved) in the form of guacamole. According to an estimate by the California Avocado Commission, Americans ate over 139 million pounds of avocados in the form of guacamole during Super Bowl 50 this year.
Personally, much as I love the guac, I can’t stop drooling over these delicious avocado toasts. Now that’s how you start the morning right!
Avocados – which are technically a fruit, by the way – are a great source of healthy fats and other key vitamins and minerals. But, what if I told you we were all throwing the most nutritious part of it in the trash?
As great as the flesh is, though, the real treasure trove is in the seed/pit. When looking at an avocado as a whole, as much as 70 percent of the valuable nutrients are actually in the seed!
The avocado seed is densely packed with antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and improve blood circulation, which makes it great for staving off the effects of arthritis.
The high antioxidant levels and anti-inflammatory properties of the seed aid with digestion by reducing swelling in the gastrointestinal tract. Additionally, the seed has a lot of fiber, which is always good for digestive issues.
The oils contained in the avocado seed promote collagen levels in the skin, reducing wrinkles, and helping you look younger. It also gives a nice shine to your hair.
The fiber and healthy fats in the avocado seed also help you stay full and feel energized for longer – reducing cravings and helping you shed those unwanted pounds.
Additionally, the avocado seed has also shown promising results in reducing tumor growth in cancer patients and even causing certain cancer cells to self-destruct.
Once you’ve got it out, what’s next? You could potentially try to grate it into a fine powder, but that could take a while.
The best way for most folks to use the seed would be to first extract it using a knife, as shown above. Then, whack the seed (with the knife still attached) down so it splits into two. Next, proceed to chop it up into smaller pieces until you think it’s at a level your blender can handle. You can also try drying the seeds first so you get a finer powder when you grind them. Add the powder to any smoothies or food as you see fit.
The taste of the seed isn’t quite as yummy as the flesh, though. It’s not gross, but it’s a bit strong, so you definitely want to add some fruits and other stuff to your avocado seed smoothies to make it more palatable.
You could always shove it into a blender like this guy, but only if your blender is a serious, heavy-duty power beast. The seeds are pretty dense, so most regular blenders probably won’t manage if you’re plopping in a whole seed.
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