We all love avocados, and we eat them almost every day, but did you know that you’ve actually been eating the least nutritious part of the avocado and thrown away the most nutritious one all this time? Interestingly, researchers have found that the pit is where most of the avocado’s antioxidants are located, so today, I’d like to introduce you to the avocado pit smoothie, that actually contains a whole avocado pit.
Researchers have found that the avocado pit is not only edible, it’s also super nutritious, too. The antioxidant density in the avocado pit is a lot greater than in the flesh. Same goes for the amount of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, or potassium. Contrary to the flesh, the pit is also an amazing source of dietary fiber, which helps stabilize blood sugar levels and keeps us satisfied longer. If you’re a real foodie, then you’ve probably also heard about the recent discussion about the nutritious benefits of the avocado pit (or seed). While some researchers and nutritionists praise its nutritional benefits, critics warn about the consumption of the avocado pit. So here’s the question:
Should you or should you not eat the avocado pit?
To answer this question, let’s look at the facts. Researchers of Penn State University have found that the pit may actually help the treatment of hypertension and diabetes. Another study showed that the avocado pit is not toxic and edible. If you’d like to know more about the current avocado pit research, I suggest you read this study as well. So why are critics warning about the consumption of the avocado pit? The answer is that there has not been enough research conducted on the benefits of avocado pits. Therefore, people are still tentative when it comes to praising its benefits.
So should you eat the avocado pit or not? Personally, I think that we eat so many other things that are known to be causing cancer and health problems, so I will continue to put the avocado pit into my smoothie. If you want to be on the safe side, then I have another suggestion for you, how to get the best out of your avocado pit: plant an avocado tree! Simply place the pit into a flower pot with fertile soil, and water it regularly. Soon you’ll have your very own avocado tree.
I’ve been adding the avocado pit to my smoothies for quite some time now, but its nutritional benefits are not the only reason why I do not throw the pit away. Another really good reason to add avocado pits to your smoothies is the reduction of food waste. The pit makes about 1/3 of your avocado, and given it’s great amount of nutrients, it’s a pity to throw away the best part. So of course the avocado pit is not a miracle cure for illnesses, and it’s also not the newest trendy superfood. It is simply a waste product that can actually be re-used instead of ending up in the trash. That’s why I’ve created this recipe for IKEA*’s FoodWaste Alphabet #FoodWasteABC, which raises awareness for the reduction of food waste by gathering all sorts of creative ideas on the topic. I am proud to be part of such an important campaign, and I support it with all my heart. If you’d like to know more about IKEA’s project, simply visit IKEA’s corporate blog. The campaign is run by IKEA Germany, however, but I believe you could have Google translate it for you.
- 1 cup (250ml) of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 banana
- 5 mint leaves
- ½ avocado
- 1 handful of fresh spinach
- ½ mango
- ½ cucumber
- 1 avocado pit (optional, read text to know why)
- Cut the avocado pit in half using a sharp knife. Place it into your powerful blender and blend until you have a creamy smoothie.
Do you guys have any amazing food hacks that prevent food waste? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below. You can also share them on Instagram using #FoodWasteABC to win a 100 Euro IKEA gift card.
*This post has been created in cooperation with IKEA’s FoodWasteABC, which I strongly support. All opinions are mine.