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.
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
As well as smaller amounts of:
- 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
- I washed and saved the pits from my avocados for a week.
- 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.
- The outer skin became dry and actually cracked right off.
- 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).