Posted on September 4th, 2015 by Deni Fearman
Read MoreIf you are like me you know (or at least have heard) that avocados are “natures perfect food”! They are absolutely GREAT for us, containing nutrients to nourish our skin, fight fat, and even fight muscle spasms! The fruit contains 20 vital nutrients BUT DID YOU KNOW that 70% of the nutritional value of an avocado is found in the pit?!!!I can literally hear the question marks appearing above your heads now, and believe me I was just as skeptical when I first learned this information myself. I mean have you heard a pit hit the counter? How hard ARE those things? How on Earth would I consume it?You will be absolutely amazed to learn that you can actually bite small chunks out with your teeth, but I wouldn’t suggest that, they are not very tasty on their own. Instead, blend them into your morning smoothy!! (I cut the pit into quarters with a knife first but honestly my Vitamix just laughs at me for taking the time to bother with such trivialities.)Once blended into your smoothy you won’t even notice the taste and all the beneficial fiber makes your drink thick and creamy!Here are some compelling reasons that you would want to stop tossing away your pits!Avocados are a low carb food with plenty of healthy fats that support everything from brain function to the beauty of our skin!They contain more potassium than bananas, (10x more)! Potassium is a nutrient that most of us don’t get enough of and it is important in maintaining the electrical gradients in the body. That means it reduces or stops charlie horses and cramps but it is also responsible for keeping the heart beating properly. Several studies show that a high potassium intake can reduce blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for strokes, heart attacks and kidney failure.Avocados are loaded with heart healthy Monounsaturated Fats, oleic acids, which reduce inflammation in the body and shows beneficial effects on the genes which are linked to cancer.Avocados are loaded with fiber! About 25% soluble fiber, which feeds your intestines beneficial bacteria and 75% insoluble fiber which supports healthy weight reduction.
The seeds or pits are also a storehouse of nutritional wealth! The seed or pit of the avocado contains more antioxidants than just about any other fruit or veggie out there including the very well known green tea!The seed of the avocado contains as much as 70% of the antioxidants found in the whole food!! And to think that in America we have been tossing them away for years!!Avocado Seed Oil is considered liquid gold! Nutrient rich, it will boost your bodies immunity and help prevent disease, in South America the avocado pit is used to heal dysentery and other GI tract problems. The seeds have been found to contain flavonoids which inhibit tumor growth and there are current studies which show very promising results in fighting cancer using the dried and powdered seeds.Their anti-inflammatory properties aid those suffering with arthritis and even asthma!So, the question then becomes “how does one use this miracle seed”?As I mentioned, I have a Vitamix and I simply quarter my fresh pits and add them to my morning smoothy! But not all blenders might be able to handle this… So please proceed with caution and don’t kill your kitchen appliances.You can also dry your pits and pulverize them by placing them in a suitably heavy sack and mashing them with a hammer. Or slice and roast them in an oven set to very low heat.You can put the dry powder in pills or steep it in tea or add it to your smoothies.Personally, I always prefer to use any food in it’s raw form because I feel that is the most natural way to consume any nutrient. One thing you need to remember is that these little gems are rather bitter in taste. So be prepared to mix them with a food that will mask that fact. I add grapefruit to my smoothy and it covers the taste of the seeds completely, but I invite you to get creative! Berries, a little beet root or healthy greens will also mask this bitterness.I hope that you have found this article inspiring and helpful. As always, I wish you health and happiness all your days!!