I am sure you are all familiar with the humble avocado. The beautiful green fruit that provides plenty of healthy fats, fibre and B vitamins. Avocados are so beneficial to our health; I make sure that I eat one a day. The creamy fruit goes with almost anything – smoothies, dips, salads, on toast… the list goes on. But, I’m not here to tell you about the avocado.

There is a new health food on the rise that may come as a surprise: the avocado pit.

No longer should you throw away this super nutrient packed part of the avocado! Save the pit and consume it for even more health benefits. But how do you use it? And what benefits are there?

High in antioxidants

The pit of the avocado contains more than 70% of the antioxidants found in the avocado fruit. Antioxidants are crucial in the battle against free radicals (the components that cause major harm and disease in the body). Thinking cosmetically, antioxidants also play a role in maintaining beautiful skin.

A powerful anti-inflammatory

The goodness found in the pit of the avocado plays a big role in reducing inflammation. Inflammation contributes to diseases such as arthritis and cancer. The anti-inflammatory properties help to strengthen the immune system which can also prevent colds and flus.

High in soluble fibre

Soluble fibre plays a large role in maintaining digestive health. The avocado pit contains more soluble fibre than almost any other superfood out there. Throughout history,  South Americans have used the avocado pit to treat gastric ulcers and diarrhoea. Soluble fibre slows digestion, and the absorption of carbohydrates, so incorporating it into your diet can regulate blood sugar levels.

High in potassium

Potassium is essential for healthy muscle contraction, nerve transmission and proper hormone secretion. However, be aware that the level of potassium is reduced as the avocado ripens, so use the seed of an unripe avocado to reap the benefits of potassium.

Now that you know the health benefits of the pit, how do you use it?

First, to remove the pit, slice your avocado in half. Then, hit the pit using the sharp edge of a knife with ample force – your knife should stick into it. Gently twist, and your pit will be released with ease from the avocado.

Remove the knife from the pit, wash the pit then dry thoroughly. Place the pit on a cutting board, place your chef’s knife on the pit and press down with equal pressure. It should split in half fairly easily.

Now that you have two halves, cut these into small pieces and enjoy the avocado pit in your smoothies. Alternatively, you can grate the avocado pit using the small grating side of a cheese grater, to get pit shavings.

Avocado Pit Smoothie

1 avocado pit
1/4 of an avocado
1 banana
1/2 cup spinach
1/2 cup berries
filtered water

Another way to utilise the pit is by cutting it open and placing the pieces in a dehydrator. Dehydrate the pieces for 12 hours then grind them in a food processor until you have a powder. You can use this powder is the base of a honey face mask. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of avocado pit powder to create your face mask.

So what are you waiting for? Use the pit!