Avocados have become so popular in the recent years. The light green meat of the avocado, which is actually a fruit, is packed with nutrients. Avocados are a good source of fiber, pantothenic acid, vitamins K, E, B6 and C, copper, folate, potassium. They have an incredibly, high-fat content of up to 77 percent, and the darker green flesh under the skin has even higher fiber content; avocados are the super-food of this decade.
Every year, five million tons of avocado are produced worldwide, and Americans consume over 1.9 billion pounds of that in favorites like guacamole. Avocados are rapidly becoming a favorite with more people who have never tried them because they assumed they were just a “health food,” but they are delicious, too.
Recently, Pennsylvania State University performed research on the benefits of the seed of the avocado, and they found that the seed is as nutrient-dense as the meat and maybe even more.
The seed is high in fiber, and more importantly, it is filled with super antioxidants called phenolic antioxidant compounds, which lowers high cholesterol and high blood pressure, reduces inflammation, diabetes and boosts the immune system. They also contain fungicidal, insecticidal and antimicrobial properties that are extremely beneficial to your entire system.
All of these amazing antioxidants and the abundance of fiber is especially beneficial for your digestive system, so it functions optimally. To consume the seed, the study recommends that the seed is first cracked and dried. The large pieces are then ground into a fine powder, and the ground seed can be added to a creamy green smoothie or boiled and made into a hot tea with honey.
So, don’t throw away any part of the avocado, if you are interested in harvesting the most nutrition possible. The seed is as beneficial in nutrients as the fruit itself. So enjoy all of it!
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