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Health Benefits Of Avocado In Your Diet

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We are aware of the fact that avocado is a nutrient-rich superfood with heart-healthy MUFAs. But, did you know that the avocado pit has immense health benefits too? It is rich in vit C, E, fiber, and antioxidants that can help reduce blood pressure and blood fats. Don't trash it! Instead, grind it to a fine powder and add a healthy splash to your morning smoothies.

I regularly enjoy adding an avocado to my morning smoothie – it makes it so creamy and satisfying and I just love it. Avocados are loaded with health benefits.

Abundant Nutrition

They are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals, including good amounts of

  • Vitamins B5, B6, C, E, K
  • Potassium
  • Folate.

As well as smaller amounts of:

  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Phosphorous
  • Vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).

They are a wonderful source of heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. They also contain relatively large amounts of fiber – both soluble and insoluble.

Eating The Whole Fruit

If that wasn’t enough, I learned recently that the pit – which I have always routinely thrown away, is also a great source of nutrients! I had no idea it was edible but you learn something new every day! They even sell avocado seed powder! Who knew?

So here’s what I did

  1. I washed and saved the pits from my avocados for a week.
  2. I put the pits on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and put them in a preheated 250 degree oven for 1.5 hours.
  3. The outer skin became dry and actually cracked right off.
  4. I peeled away the skin, sliced them up and ground them to powder.

Consuming The Seed Powder

You can also pulse the seed to a fine powder in a food processor or any high speed blender.

The seeds contain vitamins C, E and phosphorus as well as a large quantity of soluble fiber. They also contain tannins similar to those in wine and tea which gives them a somewhat bitter taste. Tannins are polyphenolic antioxidants and have health benefits of their own including reducing blood pressure and decreasing blood fats.

So, I have been adding 2 or 3 teaspoons of the powder into my smoothies (which have berries or another fruit which masks the bitter taste) as well as the avocado fruit. From my research on the safety of eating the pit, I’ve found people have eaten up to three entire avocado seeds daily with no ill effects.

That being said, more isn’t always better so I’ll stick with 2 or 3 teaspoons. Honestly I can’t taste any difference in my smoothies using that amount.

I like the idea of using the whole fruit and not wasting anything. Of course if you want to try it and don’t want to go to that trouble, they actually do sell avocado seed powder.

Just a heads up – while you can buy the powder and I don’t think it needs to be refrigerated, when you make it yourself from the pits, definitely keep it refrigerated otherwise it will get moldy (don’t ask how I know).

Ann Musico
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I am a certified, holistic health coach who empowers women to live well so they can model health and wholeness – spirit, soul and body – to their families, workplaces and beyond! My affordable coaching plans and programs address all three aspects of life as they impact nutrition with the 3-Day Diet Makeover and 2, healthy, long-term weight loss, with my Today's the Day 7 Week Fitness Plan, as well as overall health and wellness with my Brainstorming Blueprint Session and Get Healthy Game Plans. I also offer exceptional nutritional supplements and products. Sign up for my free weekly newsletter, the No-Nonsense Nutrition Report and other valuable free resources to help you get to know me. If you are missing the personal touch with support, encouragement and education, visit my website and contact me to schedule a free 15-minute consultation to discuss how we can work together to make this the year you finally achieve your health goals.

Ann Musico
Expert

I am a certified, holistic health coach who empowers women to live well so they can model health and wholeness – spirit, soul and body – to their families, workplaces and beyond! My affordable coaching plans and programs address all three aspects of life as they impact nutrition with the 3-Day Diet Makeover and 2, healthy, long-term weight loss, with my Today's the Day 7 Week Fitness Plan, as well as overall health and wellness with my Brainstorming Blueprint Session and Get Healthy Game Plans. I also offer exceptional nutritional supplements and products. Sign up for my free weekly newsletter, the No-Nonsense Nutrition Report and other valuable free resources to help you get to know me. If you are missing the personal touch with support, encouragement and education, visit my website and contact me to schedule a free 15-minute consultation to discuss how we can work together to make this the year you finally achieve your health goals.