You already know that keeping the pit around can keep your avocado or guacamole from turning an unappetizing brown, but that’s not the reason we’re telling you to hold onto them. They might just be the healthiest part of the whole fruit, according to health experts.
While the flesh of the avocado is a wonderful source of “good” fats and a surprisingly rich source of fiber, the pits actually provide 70 percent of the nutrients, the Daily Mail reports. They’re packed with more soluble fiber than overnight oats, more antioxidants than many other fruits or vegetables, and boast the same healthy fats as the flesh we all love.
If you’re ready to take the plunge and bolster your health with this unexpected booster, try it in a smoothie with some of your favorite fruits that have strong flavors. The pits reportedly have a pungent flavor, so make sure to sure to use ripe produce in your mix; ripe bananas are especially good for masking other flavors.
All you have to do is carefully cut the pit into quarters, and blend it into a powder before adding it to your drink. One Green Planet suggests a serving size of a quarter of an avocado pit per smoothie. Alternatively, you can let the pit dry out before grating it into bold sauces to up the fiber content of everything from soups to pasta sauces.
If you’re not quite ready to put that pit in your meal, make sure you’re thoroughly scraping the inside of the avocado peel when serving the fruit; this part of the flesh is packed with the most nutrients, so by doing so you'll get the best bite possible out of the part that’s easy to eat.
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