Can you eat an avocado seed? Many people believe the avocado pit is toxic and if you eat it you’ll get sick. That is a myth, and the truth is that avocado seeds are edible and highly nutritious, although slightly bitter tasting. The myth may be related to the fact that avocado flesh and many parts of the avocado tree, such as the bark and leaves, are toxic to some animals including cats, dogs, horses, and especially birds.
Is it true that avocado pits contain cyanide? Avocado seed contains amygdalin which is broken down into only trace amounts of cyanide during digestion. The amount of cyanide is not nearly enough to be dangerous to humans. It is perfectly safe for people to eat avocado seeds, though not so for many animals. It is not cyanide that causes problems for these animals, though, but a toxic fatty acid called persin.
Preparing an avocado seed for consumption
Probably the favorite way for people to eat avocado seed is blended into a fruit smoothie or protein shake. It may also be mixed into coffee, tea, or other beverages to mask the bitter taste of the pit. But the avocado seed is very tough and fibrous and will first need to be prepared to make it edible. To do this, you can either make a dry avocado seed powder or an avocado water solution.
How to make avocado seed powder
One of the most popular ways to eat avocado seed is to grind it down to a fine powder, so that it can then be easily mixed into your favorite beverage. To do this, place the avocado pit on a baking sheet and put in the oven at a preheated 250 degrees for 1.5-2 hours, depending on the size of the seed.
The outer skin will then be dry. Peel away skin, slice and pulse the seed to a fine dust or powder in a food processor. Because the avocado pit is so dense, this will require a powerful food processor. I don’t recommend using one of the cheaper brands of blenders because it can tear them up pretty good. If you don’t have a food processor, an old-fashioned hand grater will work, too, if you don’t mind using a little elbow grease.
The powder can then be mixed in a fruit smoothie or another strong-flavored drink, or even added to empty gel capsules. If it’s too much trouble to prepare yourself, avocado seed powder and avocado seed capsules may be purchased online and at some health food stores.
How to make avocado seed water
Another method to prepare avocado seeds for eating is to make “avocado water,” to which you may add coffee or tea to make more palatable. To do this, smash two avocado pits and soak them in 32 ounces of water overnight. Then blend it in a blender and strain into a half gallon of water. Soaking the seeds will soften them considerably, making it possible to use a common blender.
Avocado seed nutrition
The avocado seed is packed with nutrients and vitamins including vitamin C, vitamin E, and phosphorus. Perhaps the healthiest element of the seed is its high quantity of soluble fiber, which excels at absorbing excess cholesterol out of our bloodstream.
Natural soluble fiber is somewhat difficult to find in foods. It can be found in oatmeal, but there is a much higher quantity in avocado seed. The high fiber content will give your smoothie a thick texture, and it tastes best when it is sufficiently diluted.
Avocado seeds are high in tannin, which you may be familiar with from wine, and this gives them a somewhat bitter taste and red color. Despite the taste, the seeds are not toxic and will not hurt you when consumed at reasonable levels. Some people eat up to three avocado seeds daily with no ill effects.
Many folk remedies use avocado seed
There are an abundance of home and folk remedies that make extravagant health claims about the avocado seed. They claim that it is high in Chi, the life force, and that it has many powers of health and healing. Some people believe that eating avocado seeds will help to recover from sicknesses, such as the flu, quicker than you normally would.
Evolution of the seed
An interesting fact about the avocado seed is that it is much larger in size than the seeds of comparable fruits. A common method of natural seed dispersal happens when an animal eats a whole fruit, swallowing its seed, which it then spreads through defecation.
There is a scientific theory that the avocado seed developed during prehistoric times when there were much larger animals on the Earth than there are now, who were large enough to swallow the seed whole and naturally disperse it in this way. Currently, there are no animals that feed on the avocado seed that are large enough to do this.