I think we are all convinced of the superpowers of adding avocado to your daily diet. If not then check out my previous blog post about the health benefits of avocado here. You’ll find some great avocado recipes there as well 😉
But let’s talk avocado seed/pit now. Often the avocado seed is tossed into the bin or compost pile or sprouted to create an avocado tree. What most people don’t know is that the avocado seed is edible as well. In fact, it is even more nutritious than the flesh.
Here are 10 Good Reason Why You Should Start To Eat Avocado Seed
1. Antioxidant Powerhouse
70% of the antioxidants are found in the seed. These antioxidants have the power to neutralize free radicals, which are linked to many diseases and obesity. The avocado seed contains polyphenols similar to the ones found in green tea.
2. Packed With Soluble Fibers
The seed is packed with soluble fibers. It contains more soluble fibers than most other foods on our planet.
3. Soothe Digestive Issues
The avocado seed has been used for ages in South-America to treat dysentery and GI tract issues. It reduces inflammation, prevents gastric ulcers, and relieves constipation. It is excellent for diarrhea as well and can help to avoid bacterial and viral diseases.
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4. Cancer-Fighting Properties
The seeds contain flavonol, a powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent or reduce tumor growth.
5. Good For Your Heart
Its high levels of dietary fiber lower cholesterol. They bind cholesterol before it has the chance to be absorbed into our blood. Antioxidant activity of avocado seed might also help prevent cardiovascular issues such as the formation of plaque which can lead to strokes and heart attacks.
Scroll down for more health benefits and learn how to eat the avocado seed.
6. Strengthen Immune System
The seed can help you through the flu and cold season by strengthening your immune system and keeping free radicals at bay.
7. Lowers Blood Glucose And Maintain Weight
Avocado seed extract helps to lower blood glucose and maintain a healthy weight. It helps curb the appetite and gives a full feeling over a longer period.
8. Slow Down Aging
Thanks to its antioxidants, the avocado seed may slow down the aging process and the formation of wrinkles. It can rebuild collagen to keep your skin firm and youthful.
How To Use Avocado Seed
Avocado seed can be used in smoothies, sauces, or dressings, but keep in mind that it has a slightly bitter taste. So add enough sweet countering ingredients (like sweet fruits, maple syrup or raw honey) to cover up the bitterness. You can also add it to your facial mask or scrubs as an exfoliant or make avocado pit tea. The seed can also be used as a natural pink-hued dye for fabric.
The best way to use avocado seed: grind into a powder and add to sauces, dressings, or smoothies. To avoid ruining your blender or food processor, especially if it’s not a high-speed blender or powerful food processor, dry seed and add it to a plastic bag and crush with a hammer first.
UPDATE: you can dry the seeds and then use a hand grater too. So much easier and better for you blender too!
So next time you eat an avocado, think again before tossing the seed away.
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Thanks for reading. I hope this information was helpful. Until next time!
Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.