You’ve been doing it wrong all these years! While you’ve been extremely careful in scraping out the delicious, creamy flesh, you’ve been throwing away the most nutritious part of the avocado.
Discarding those avocado seeds (also called pits or stones) means that you are throwing away 70 percent of the total antioxidants in the fruit .
Avocados are prized for their nutritive content and have more than 20 vitamins and minerals. They also contain monosaturated fats that keep your cholesterol levels in control as well as high amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber.
Avocado Seeds: A Treasure House Of Benefits
Avocado seeds, on the other hand, are rich in antioxidants and fiber, and possess insecticidal, fungicidal, and anti-microbial activities.
- They are rich in phenolic compounds, which not only treat hypertension and diabetes, but also a number of inflammatory conditions.
- The antioxidants found in them include polyphenols (the same plant compounds found in green tea) that can stop the growth of cancer cells and regulate intestinal functions.
- The phenolic compounds in avocado seeds can help prevent gastric ulcers and prevent many bacterial and viral diseases.
- They also contain flavonols that prevent tumor growth.
- Animal studies show that they may improve hypercholesterolemia, a condition when there is an excess of cholesterol in the bloodstream and have been studied to be effective in reducing the risk of heart disease.[1,2]
How To Use Them
- So the next time you’re making your favorite guacamole, don’t throw the pits away. Just toss one with the flesh or any other fruit(s) of your choice in a blender to make a smoothie and savor their health benefits.
- However, if added in large quantities, the seeds can make your smoothie bitter. Half a seed would be enough to add to a glass of juice or smoothie.
- You can also powder the seeds, store in an airtight container, and add it to your cereals.
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1.World Journal of Pharmaceutical Research Avocado: The Holistic Source As A Natural Doctor Pavan Chaudhary, Jainik Khamar and Prof. Dr. Dhrubo Jyoti Sen
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3. Pahua-Ramos ME, Ortiz-Moreno A, Chamorro-Cevallos G, Hernández-Navarro MD, Garduño-Siciliano L, Necoechea-Mondragón H, Hernández-Ortega M. Hypolipidemic effect of avocado (Persea americana Mill) seed in a hypercholesterolemic mouse model. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2012 Mar;67(1):10-6. doi: 10.1007/s11130-012-0280-6. PubMed PMID: 22383066.