An Avocado Secret You Won't Believe! | Veggiecation© a Culinary-Nutrition Education Program About Vegetables
Thursday, 11 June 2015 10:03

An Avocado Secret You Won't Believe!

Ah, the almighty avocado. There's so much to love about this versatile fruit that so many of us clamor for. The creamy texture, the unusual taste, and the high nutritional value it offers are just some of the reasons it's so popular. Avocados also make a perfect dairy-free and vegam substitute for foods such as butter and mayonnaise. So while we're aware that you probably don't need another reason to eat more avocado, we're going to fill you in a secret that blew our minds - you can and should be eating the avocado seed. Read on to learn why!

The avocado seed, along with the skin, is often tossed into the trash and regarded as inedible. However, we recently learned that the seed is in fact, the most nutritious part of the fruit. It's also softer than you would think and can be cut into small pieces with little difficulty. When eating by itself - yes, we did a taste test - it has a slightly bitter taste and leaves your tongue feeling a little try. But if you add fraction (about 1/4 - 1/2) of the seed into your morning smoothie, you'll never know the difference!

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You can try drying and grating the seed to make a great mole sauce. You can also make teas and olive oil infusions from the avocado seeds. We're not going to say the possibilities are endless but we're happy to know about these few!

The reason why we're so excited about incorporating avocado seeds into our diet is not just because we can, it's because of their incredibly high nutritional value. In fact, the seed is arguably the most nutritious part of the whole fruit!

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The most notable nutrient found in avocado seeds is soluble fiber, which is promotes heart health and lowers cholesterol.  It contains more soluble fiber than just about any other food. 

The seed contains 70% of the antioxidants found in the whole avocado, which is beneficial for it's cancer prevention properties. 

There are studies which argue that avocado seeds can prevent the growth of tumors and reduce inflammation.

Traditionally, avocado seeds been have used in remedies to cure digestive issues such as intestinal inflammation and diarrhea.

Lastly, seeds from underripe avocados are high in potassium, which helps control blood pressure, muscle control, and nerve function.

So take action against food waste and save that seed for another meal! 

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