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The Nutritional Benefits Packed into Avocado Pits

The Nutritional Benefits Packed into Avocado Pits

You probably know an avocado’s creamy flesh contains good-for-you monounsaturated fats, including odd-numbered omega fatty acids, that reduce lousy LDL cholesterol and is rich in vitamin C, potassium and vitamin E. But chances are you—like the rest of the country—have overlooked the health benefits crammed into the pit and its brown, papery husk.

In South America, the pit, loaded with antioxidants, has been used for generations to treat inflammation, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Want to try it? Chop up an avocado pit and place in a tea diffuser with boiling water.

The husk of the pit is even more beneficial—it contains a goldmine of more than 130 nutritious compounds in its oil and wax. Recent research has scientists speculating that the medicinal compounds within them could eventually be used to treat cancer, heart disease and other conditions. You can crumble the husk into a salad, add it to a smoothie or just munch it (bitter alert) as a snack.

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