Is the avocado seed packed with nutrients_ or is it toxic_ – the middle ground

A VIRAL video that has been making its rounds on Facebook demonstrates how you can prepare the seed of an avocado for consumption. Avocado and egg breakfast ideas Claiming that the seed is the most nutrient-dense part of the fruit, the video has gained more than 26 million views since it was published on March 13.

We all know that the avocado is a super food. Avocado and egg salad sandwich It’s the go-to ingredient for party guacamole dips, lavish sandwiches with fried eggs and tomatoes, creamy smoothies and salad toppings – but the avocado pit usually finds its way to the rubbish bin. Avocado and egg treatment for the hair Now apparently, you can eat it. Avocado egg and olive oil hair mask But is it safe to be eaten?

The one-minute video, which was posted by nutrition blogger Sophie, who owns Nourish Me Whole, featured step-by-step instructions on how to prepare and eat the avocado seed.

First, you cut open the avocado and remove the seed. Avocado and egg for breakfast Then, rinse and dehydrate the seed in an oven at 120 degrees C for two hours. Avocado and egg salad Discard the outer skin and pop the avocado seed in two by pressing a knife against the seam. Avocado and egg for skin Afterwards, it’s just a matter of dicing the seed (it should be soft enough to cut) and pulverising it into powder form using a blender. Avocado and egg weight loss The powder can be added to smoothies, salads and baking goods for “a boost of anti-oxidants, fibre and gut-healing nutrients”, said the video.

Her blog post added that the seed usually ends up in the garbage. Egg and avocado bake recipe Sophie wrote: “Its extremely bitter taste probably has a lot to do with that… but there’s so much benefit to be had by eating it, so it’s worth investigating how we might go about it.”

Facebook user Matthew Lantz even pointed out the California Avocado Commission’s stand on avocado seeds: “The California Avocado Commission does not recommend consumption of the ‘pit’ or seed of an avocado. Avocado and fried egg The seed of an avocado contains elements that are not intended for human consumption.” His comment has since gained around 3,500 likes.

Another user, Michael Douglas, said in response to Matthew Lantz’s comment: “Yeah, but some random person on Facebook made a video so now it’s healthy, regardless of the truth.”

Since then, Sophie has posted a disclaimer stating that she’s not a professional nutritionist, chef or biologist. Baked avocado w egg “I am someone who is intensely passionate about natural health, and whenever I read about a food/idea/recipe that makes sense to me and inspires me, I share it,” she said.

She did, however, list a few research articles listing the dos and don’ts of eating avocado seeds, saying: “Please ensure you read a few articles from both sides before making your decision whether or not to try it (and if you do, start slowly).” She also added that “this is of particular importance if you have any significant health issues, or are pregnant”, and suggested that you check with your doctor and make a thoroughly informed decision before doing anything.

The three online articles that Sophie listed as her sources include Step to Health, a two-year-old health website, David Wolfe, a health and nutrition expert, and Live Strong, a food, fitness and health website.

All three sources support the human consumption of the avocado seed. Bacon egg and avocado In fact, all three quote a particular 2004 Journal of Food Chemistry article which said that avocado seeds showed a “much higher antioxidant activity and phenolic content than the edible portions”, and that up to 70 per cent of the antioxidants in avocados are found in the seeds.

All three sources also list various benefits of eating the avocado seed: its high levels of antioxidants, and its ability to burn fat, conquer cancer cells and diminish digestive issues. Avocado and poached egg They also listed out several ways to consume the avocado pit, such as making an infusion out of it or blending it.

Ms Jane Freeman of Singapore-based professional nutrition clinic Food Equation said: “ I do not know of any published data on the nutrition or health benefits of eating the avocado seed, so while it might sound good in theory, I think that I would wait to see something published, before I went to all that trouble.”

She also added that the avocado seed itself is very bitter and hard. Avocado and egg baked in oven “ To blend it requires an industrial-type blender and the powder it makes is quite bitter,” she said, adding that if you really wanted to go through all the trouble to get vitamins, you could have done so with other palatable fruit.

Said Ms Freeman: “ It is far better to work on those everyday food choices and work on piling up that plate with lots of colourful vegetables and some fruits.”

When asked if she knew whether the avocado seed was poisonous to the human body or not, she said that she did find one study that has assessed this issue. Is avocado and egg good for your hair “T heir conclusion is that it appears to be safe for human consumption,” said Ms Freeman. Egg and avocado breakfast However, “further studies on the endocrine and immune system impacts are needed,” she added.

The particular study she referred to was a 2013 paper written by Mexican researchers, titled Acute Toxicity and Genotoxic Activity of Avocado Seed Extract. Avocado deviled eggs recipe no mayo You can find the paper here.

Her sentiments were echoed by Health magazine’s contributing nutrition editor, Cynthia Sass, a nutritionist and registered dietitian with master’s degrees in both nutrition science and public health.

“I’m a huge avocado fan. Egg and avocado on toast I eat them daily, and recommend them to my clients, but I have reservations about eating the seeds,” she told Health last week. Poached egg and avocado breakfast “While there is some research about beneficial compounds in the seed, the safety of ingesting it hasn’t been established, so the risks versus benefits aren’t fully known.”

Ms Bridget Marr, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at Singapore-based Nutritional Solutions, told us the same thing. Avocado and egg sandwich “The media often focuses on the latest so-called ‘superfood’,” she said. Avocado egg roll recipe from cheesecake factory “People might go a bit overboard on such foods when it’s wise to get as much variety of fresh, unprocessed foods in your diet as possible – to obtain a good variety of different nutrients.”

But she did add that we don’t know very much about consuming large amounts of avocado seeds in our diet at the moment. Avocado egg bacon breakfast “I couldn’t find much evidence of studies looking into toxicity in humans. Avocado egg rolls recipe cheesecake factory There have been studies that have shown its antioxidant properties and anti-cancer properties, but from animal studies. Egg stuffed avocado recipes There’s a lack of data in humans.”

She added: “It would probably be safer to eat seeds that are commonly used, for example chia seeds. Baked avocado and egg Right now there’s just a lot of unknown (factors), so it’s difficult to conclude if the avocado seed is actually beneficial or toxic to the human body.”