The health benefits of avocados are well documented: They are loaded with good fats, are high in antioxidants, and help you feel full for longer. But let's be honest—they're so delicious we'd be eating them even if they weren't, right?
So you can imagine our shock when we discovered that the flesh isn't even the most nutritious part. I'm pretty sure your brain is exploding with questions right now, such as What else is there? and Should we be eating the skin? We all had the same reaction. Turns out we've been throwing the best part in the trash all this time—the avocado seed. Yes, that's right. According to One Green Planet, "The seed is actually the most nutrient-dense part of an avocado, and it’s completely edible." Whoa.
So what is in the seed that makes it so good for us? Well, most of the fruit's nutrition is locked inside this round ball of goodness. It holds 70% of the avocado’s antioxidants, including polyphenols found in green tea; has a ton of soluble fiber; and the "oil within ups the amount of collagen in our skin," which keeps your youthful glow intact.
But before you start cutting it open or, worse, biting into it, there is a better way to add it to your diet. Simply cut the seed into quarters, throw the pieces into a powerful blender, and turn it into powder, which you can then add to smoothies and juices. We're told it does have a strong bitter flavor, so maybe add a little at a time to see what your palate can handle, or add stronger-tasting ingredients that will cover it up. One Green Plant recommends about half a seed per serving and to save the rest for later.
To reap the health benefits of avocados try the delicious recipe ideas on Half Baked Harvest and then start blending your avocado seeds with our favorite blender below.
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This post was originally published on October 9, 2015.