The next time you are eating an avocado or making a tasty batch of guacamole, don’t throw away the seeds! At first glance, they might appear to be a big pill to swallow. Thankfully, I’m not suggesting that you do. But, there may be health benefits to consuming the seed, not just the flesh.
In fact, while I am sitting here writing this, I am listening to a group of doctors discussing avocados and how good they are for our health. The creamy flesh has been long thought of as good for our skin, hair, weight loss, digestive health, and balancing blood sugars.
We are accustomed to eating the flesh part of the avocado, and it’s loaded with nutrients. However, the seed seems to be as well. It contains fiber, protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phenols, and flavonoids. While there is still some doubt by a few, many professionals and non-professionals believe these are beneficial to our health, including reducing blood pressure and cholesterol.So, it only makes sense that a closer look at the root of the fruit is in order. Or, the seed, where all the nutrients are born. But, it’s like a rock to chew, and far too large to swallow whole. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to prepare the seed so it can be added to your diet.
Preparing the Seed
First, you will need to remove the seed from the flesh, which can be messy and difficult at times. However, there is a little trick I learned…
Slice the avocado lengthwise with outer skin intact, as pictured below. Tap into the seed with a large and sharp knife. Once the knife has taken hold of the seed, twist it until it pops out.Next, you will need to prepare the seed(s). You do this by the following method:
#1. Rinse the seed.#2. Place them in an oven to dehydrate, at 250° F, for 2 hours.#3. After dehydration, the outer skin of the seed can easily be removed.#4. Use a large knife to slice the seeds.#5. Put into a high powered blender, or coffee grinder.#6. Pulse until it turns into a powder.Now, what do you do with this powder?
Using the Avocado Seed Powder
Once you have the powder ready, you will need to find ways to ingest it. However, I would caution you to use in moderation, until you know how well you can tolerate it. In addition to studies still being conducted, it tends to have a strong flavor. I found it rather bitter. So, you might not want to eat it without camouflaging it in some other food. There are several ways you can add the powder to your diet such as adding a 1-2 teaspoons to:
Of course, this not to replace eating the flesh, as that is a wonderful and healthy fruit to eat…and it tastes good. But, there might be times you don’t have fresh avocados on hand, or simply want a break…yet, don’t want to miss out on the nutrients. So, if you tend to eat an avocado twice a week and want a break, adding this powder to your diet a couple times a week could be a good alternative for you.
However, keep in mind that consuming excessive amounts of anything is not recommended. In other words, this is not meant to be a daily supplement. Consuming avocado seed powder is gaining in popularity. But keep in mind, the act of doing so still has some critics.
Storing the Avocado Powder
You can store the unused portion of the powder in a container, and place it in the freezer.
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