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Is it safe to eat avocado seeds

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While most people throw out the avocado seed, there are some hidden benefits and nutrients discarded in the bin. Avocado seeds offer polyphenol antioxidants, according to a study published in the 2012 issue of the "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry."

The antioxidants present in avocado seeds may help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. The avocado seed is bitter, which is why it is often discarded in recipes; however, it can make your meal for nutritious when blended with sweeter ingredients.

Step 1

Remove the pit from the center of the avocado. Wash the fruit before you begin peeling or cutting. Place the avocado on a chopping board and hold the top half of the avocado with one hand.

Cut down the center of the fruit around the seed. Use both hand to twist and open the avocado, then shove a spoon between the fruit and seed to scoop it out.

Step 2

Blend the avocado seed for a smoothie or other foods. Break up the avocado seed with the back of your knife or a hard object. Place the broken up avocado seed in a blender or put the whole seed in, if you have a high-powered blender. Continue to blend until the pit is reduced to fine particles.

Step 3

Add half of the ground avocado seed to soups, stew, dips or a green smoothie of your choice. It's best to add the avocado seed while cooking to taste test as you prepare your meal.

Step 4

Keep half of the blended avocado seed in an air-tight container. Allow the avocado powder to dry and store the unused avocado seed in a fridge for 7 to 10 days. Store the seed in a freezer to extend it's shelf life. The shelf life of an avocado depends on how its stored and whether it is ripe or unripe.

Make a healthy smoothie

Mix half of the blended avocado seed with other ingredients for a green smoothie. Add four chopped apples or oranges, one peeled lemon, one peeled lime, a banana, one cup of spinach, a stalk of celery and a half a of cucumber. You can use an alternative recipe with less sugar, if desired.

Blend the ingredients with half of the grounded avocado seed until you get a green liquid smoothie. With half a seed, you will not taste the bitterness of the avocado seed in your smoothie. You can use other combinations, such as yogurt or other assortments of fruits and vegetables in your smoothie.

Warnings

Foods containing avocado fruit or seed may be toxic to animals or any household pets. Although avocado is not toxic to humans, those who have an allergy to latex should avoid it, along with fruits such as bananas, strawberries, passion fruit and kiwis, which may also contain latex.

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