If you’ve logged onto Facebook in the past few days, you may have seen a viral video demonstrating how you can prepare the seed of an avocado for consumption.
But just because it went viral that doesn’t mean the information is true does it? Here is the truth about eating an avocado seed:
Have we been missing out on a highly nutritious part of one of our favorite superfoods? “Not so much!” says Health‘s contributing nutrition editor, Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD.
“I’m a huge avocado fan. I eat them daily, and recommend them to my clients, but I have reservations about eating the seeds,” she says. “While there is some research about beneficial compounds in the seed, the safety of ingesting it hasn’t been established, so the risks versus benefits aren’t fully known.”
“There is a body of evidence exploring potential health benefits in extracts of the avocado seed, but these potential benefits versus risks of eating the avocado seed are not well fleshed out,” says Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LDN, an Atlanta-based nutritionist.
Even the California Avocado Commission writes on its website that it does not recommend the consumption of the avocado pit: “The seed of an avocado contains elements that are not intended for human consumption.”
TO CONCLUDE: Until more research is done to establish if the seeds are safe to eat, and how much and how often you should eat them, stick to eating the avocado’s creamy flesh. “It’s chock-full of good fat, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber,” says Sass.
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