The Healthiest Part of Avocado is Its SEED - if You Know How to Eat It

Oct 02, 2015 02:19 PM EDT | By Joie Balboa

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Avocados are also called the darling of the produce section. It serves as an ingredient for guacamole dips at parties. Also turning up in everything from salads and wraps to smoothies and even brownies, but there's a lot more about avocados.

Avocado seeds have more antioxidants than most fruit and vegetables. Its seeds have about 70 percent of the nutritional benefit of an entire avocado.

And the most general way for people to eat avocado seeds is in smoothies.Just cut the seed into quarters and blending it into a powder.

It may be the most beneficial healthy food around, but many people are throwing away the healthiest part of avocado. While many are fast to just ditch the seed, it in fact has more antioxidants in it than most fruit and vegetables. It also has more soluble fiber than oats and most other foods, according to health experts. 

But before you gnaw into the seed and break a tooth, you should cut it into quarters using a knife and place it in the blender so it becomes a powder before adding to your smoothie. 

The taste is believed to be moderately strong so mixing with strong flavors like frozen berries, kale, spinach or pineapple is a good suggestion.

Avocados provide numerous of practical and medicinal application in addition to being a exceedingly healthy part of a hale and hearty diet. Avocado skins recommend antibiotic and antiparasitic benefits, and the leaves can be made into a poultice to speed wound healing or prepared as a tea to treat sore throats and diarrhea, according to Purdue University. Avocado seeds also offer a variety of potential health benefits.

Avocado seed lowered cholesterol levels and may protect against arterial plaque formation, according to a laboratory animal study published in the March 2012 issue of the journal "Plant Foods in Human Nutrition."

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