Should We Eat Our Avocado Pips?

I’m sure many of you will have seen the video of someone drying out and grinding up an avocado seed.

Immediately I jumped on the bandwagon. I LOVE this stuff. So I rinsed them, dried them at the oven for 2 hours at 120 degrees, cut them up and whizzed them up in the ‘milling’ Nutribullet number.

Then I had a spoonful.

YUCK!

It’s not very tasty. It’s very bitter and generally unenjoyable. So I decided to mix it with some hemp seeds I was meaning to finish off, and some milled chia seed.

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Then I put it in a Kilner jar and cut up an avocado, because I’m generally trying to look slicker on MTF these days and it seemed a blogger-y thing to do.

IMG_6816I just need to add some random flowers and a notebook et voila! I’ll be a bona fide blogger. Ooh and maybe a flat white!

I’ve been adding it to my morning smoothie and it suspends well and I don’t remotely taste it. I’ve not been having it long enough to notice a difference in my appearance or health, though to be fair there are so many superfoods in my smoothie already it’s hard to differentiate each effect! However it was tempting becase the benefits (supposedly) include…

  • It is rich in antioxidants: in fact, 70% of the antioxidant capacity is held in the seed. There’s a study going on by Pennsylvania State University into the subject, and the ‘phenolic antioxidant compounds’ have a whole raft of benefits including fungicidal properties (good for anyone with Candida) and boosting immunity.
  • Antioxidants are great for skin and collagen production, as well as eating the seed being good for digestion.

However, we’re also being warned not to fall for this viral video, and that it could be harmful for health – that there are elements in the seed that are not intended for human consumption. Now that put a dampner on all my Kilner jar smugness!

it’s definitely true that there are many seeds out there we shouldn’t eat, such as cherry pips. It’s generally not a good idea to eat most seeds, such as apple pips, in large quantities as they contain cyanide. But who eats that sort of thing in large quantities?! So I would say to you…Err on the side of caution until a definitive study comes out. I may still eat the pip this now and again, always making sure to have thoroughly dried it out. Also, when it’s mixed up with chia and hemp seeds I’d be consuming a very small amount. But if you decide to too, then it’s at your own risk!

What I do love about this is using most of the fruit. I hate waste! I’ll use carrot tops and bones for stock and papaya seeds for homemade exfoliators.

So next time, I’ll be saving, drying and milling the pips, then mixing with shea butter or raw honey to make an antioxidant-rich, exfoliating face mask that won’t come with plastic packaging or a high price tag.

Have you dried and eaten an avocado pip? Did you notice any difference? Let me know!

Rebecca x

 



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