Frequently found ‘smashed’ on artisanal sourdough or in guacamole form in Brixton’s tastiest Mexican restaurants, the humble avocado has become a thing of cult status, featured on many an Instagram feed.
At FG, we love them too; in smoothies, on crackers – you name it. Imagine our shock when we found out that we could be throwing away the best part? The avocado seed!
Apparently the seed contains 70% of the fruits antioxidants, which is more antioxidants than most fruits and veggies on the market and polyphenols like green tea, plus they are full of more soluble fibre than just about any other food.
Pennsylvania State University recently launched a study on the benefits of avocado seeds and found that the phenolic antioxidant compounds in the seeds may lower high cholesterol, high blood pressure, reduce inflammatory conditions, diabetes, and boost your immunity. The seeds even have insecticidal, fungicidal, and anti-microbial properties.
“Any heart disease patient must eat the avocado including the seed.” – Dr. Tom Wu
Dr. Wu has earned the “Remarkable Contribution” award from the American Cancer Society and the “World Famous Doctor” award from the United Nations for his breakthroughs with diabetes and cancer.
Avocado seeds have more soluble fibre than even top tier fibre providers. It has antioxidants that help regulate intestinal function and have even been shown to prevent tumour growth. Additionally, the oil within ups the amount of collagen in our skin, keeping it young and wrinkle-free, as well as shining up the hair so that we remain good-looking, too.
So what’s the best way to eat the seed? Cut the seed out as usual and slice it into quarters, then pop it in a high-speed blender until it becomes powder. The easiest way to get the benefits of avocado seeds is to add them to a smoothie or a juice. It won’t affect the taste and makes it a little bit richer and thicker.
Here’s a great recipe using the whole avocado:
Avocado Seed Green Goddess Smoothie
- 1 cup nut milk or water
- 1 ripe pear
- 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
- ½ Hass avocado
- ½ Hass avocado seed
- Small piece ginger grated
- ½ apple
Whizz in a high-speed blender and enjoy!
So next time your fancy some gorgeous creamy avocado, hold onto that seed that makes you glow.