It Is Not The Peel, But The Inner Seed Or Pit Of The Avocado. This Is Suggested By A Study By The University Of Texas.
The avocado seed is considered the fruit of the moment, given the great set of peculiarities at the macro and micronutrient levels that it combines in itself. From its satiating potential to the large set of healthy fats it contains, without forgetting all the micronutrients it provides: potassium, magnesium, folic acid or vitamin B9, vitamins A, C and E, a certain amount of protein and fibre. Not only can it be eaten raw without any other associated food, but both in its solid form and in the way of guacamole, it can be used in many dishes.
However, there is something that practically everyone is doing wrong: throwing away the healthiest part of the avocado. And no, it is not the peel, but the inner seed or pit of the avocado. This is suggested by a study by Debasish Bandyopadhyay and four of his University of Texas students, published by the American Chemical Society in 2017.
Bandyopadhyay and his students pounded about 300 dried avocado seed shells, transforming them into more than a pound of seed powder. Subsequently, said the powder was analyzed and detected to contain between 20 and 30 grams of seed husk oil and approximately 30 grams of seed husk wax. Finally, these compounds were subjected to gas chromatography and mass spectrometry analysis.
As a result, up to 116 different compounds were found in the shell oil and up to 16 different compounds were found in the shell wax.
On the one hand, some essential substances for the manufacture of specific antiviral drugs, as well as substances capable of preventing the growth of tumour cells (such as heptacosane) and substances that would reduce the risk of atherosclerosis were detected among the compounds in the shell oil. On the other hand, among the shell compounds, there would be substances with a crucial role in the creation of certain cosmetics and the flexibility of plastic.
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According to Bandyopadhyay, we would be discarding the best part of the avocado, since it would have enough potential to create compounds capable of treating diseases such as cancer, heart disease and various types of infections.
In the United States alone, it is estimated that about 5 kilos are consumed per person per year. That would involve disposing of, in the same way, millions of kilos of avocado seeds, which would end up in the garbage instead of being part of drugs at a low cost.
Likewise, it should be remembered that avocado as a nutritionally dense food, leaving aside the seed and its unknown properties, is also worth noting. On the one hand, 100 grams of avocado contains around 160 kcal, of which 15 grams are healthy fats. Its fat content has come to be known as “heart-healthy fats” because of its potential to regulate cholesterol levels, according to the Spanish Society of Dietetics and Food Sciences (SEDCA). On the other hand, anti-inflammatory actions, protection against diabetes and potential to improve intestinal health and weight control have also been detected.
Although it is indeed a calorie-dense food, especially compared to other fruits and vegetables, its satiating potential prevents it from collaborating in weight gain.