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Once You Learn This You’ll Never Throw Out the Avocado Pit Again

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  • Avocados are one of the more popular fruits sold in the U.S.; two-thirds of consumers have purchased them in the past year and 60 percent purchase at least 37 avocados each year
  • However, most throw out what may be the most powerful part of the fruit — the seed — which is high in antioxidants, with antitumor and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as digestive benefits
  • The fruit may turn brown from oxidation after being sliced open; you may reduce this effect by painting a cut avocado with olive oil, storing it in an airtight container or adding a large chunk of onion to the container
  • Some find the seed a bit bitter, while others experience a nutty taste; add the crushed seed powder to your smoothies, salads or strongly flavored foods to enjoy the health benefits

By Dr. Mercola

Avocados (Persea americana) are one of the most popular fruits in the U.S., and two-thirds of consumers have purchased them in the past year. According to Hass Avocado Board 2014 tracking, 60 percent of those purchasing avocados fall into the "lovers/enthusiasts" category, meaning they purchase at least 37 avocados each year. This is particularly striking since as late as the 1970s, avocados were more of a luxury item or a delicacy.

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