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eating avocado pit

topic posted Tue, June 12, 2007 - 7:09 AM by  Yngona
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I came upon a site that mentioned eating an avocado pit - putting it in a blender, pulverizing it, and drinking it. I had never heard of this so I googled the subject. I didnt find much. One site said it was high in "chi", another said it was toxic.

Anyone ever eat an avocado pit?

... Yngona
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  • i posted recetly about a website called blindguru.com--this guy speaks of this. not sure what to think. he seems pretty crazy in other ways, so i wouldn't just trust this. is this where you saw it? curious if anyone else has seen his "symbiotic" trip besides me. pretty wild. mostly seems cultish and crazy.
    • I heard of this years ago and never investigated it. Then, when you posted that blindguru link, I went and looked around; it had been awhile since I had been at their site. Seeing their shake using an avocado seed got me thinking again so I rejumped my search. Again, I am finding lots of conflicting info.

      ... Yngona
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        Some people eat pits in the idea that eating every part of the plant will give you a more complete spectrum of nutrients. Boutenko calls it the "macrobiotic principle", although I don't know how much it has to do with macrobiotics.
        But this isn't a good idea. Many plant's survival strategies include deterring herbivores from eating the seeds, usually through producing phytotoxins of some sort. That's just their defense strategy. Otherwise, their seeds would not survive. Many members of the honeysuckle and roseacea family are like this. Some parts of the plants are edible, other are toxic.
  • I'd read a while back about swallowing lemon seeds whole and letting them pass through your body because of their chi -- nascent life seems to have a lot of chi, go figure. anyway, i don't if there's anything to it, but when i finish squeezing my lemons, i tend to throw the pulp and the seeds into my lemonade glass and drink the seeds for their energy. whether this is pure new age humanahumana i don't know. but i don't think i'd try an avocado pit. too big whole to pass through my body safely and too jagged smashed up.
    • The avocado pit is mildly toxic.
      The avocado may be an example of an 'evolutionary anachronism', a fruit adapted for ecological relationship with now-extinct large mammals (such as the giant ground sloth or the Gomphothere). Most large fleshy fruits serve the function of seed dispersal, accomplished by their consumption by large animals. Author Connie Barlow hypothesizes that the fruit, with its mildly toxic pit, may have co-evolved with Pleistocene megafauna to be swallowed whole and excreted in their dung, ready to sprout. No extant native animal is large enough to effectively disperse avocado seeds in this fashion. When the avocado's hypothesized ecological partners disappeared the avocado likely would have gone extinct, or evolved a different fruit morphology, if human cultivation had not maintained this "ghost of evolution."en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avocado
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        here is what Victoria boutanko has to say:

        Avocado Pit in Green Smoothies

        Avocado

        Last summer at the Raw & Living Spirit Retreat, my friend Gabrielle Chavez introduced me to a green smoothie made with an avocado pit blended as a part of its recipe, Since then I have been experimenting with adding avocado seeds to my smoothies, and now I use them frequently. Here is some information that I gathered about the nutritional properties of avocado seed.

        * The total antioxidant capacity and phenolic content of edible portions and seeds of avocado, jackfruit, longan, mango and tamarind were studied. … The seeds showed a much higher antioxidant activity … than the edible portions. The contribution of all the fruit seed fractions to the total antioxidant activity … was always more than 70%. Source

        * “Avocado seed contains relatively low amounts of calcium and magnesium, somewhat higher amounts of phosphorus, and high amounts of potassium.” Source

        * The seed of the avocado contains tannins, and these make it bitter or "puckery" to the taste. And some of the tannins can be mildly toxic, though an individual would have to eat a lot to see any effects, unless that individual had a food allergy. Source
        * Dr. Tom Wu: When I eat the avocado I always eat the seed. It is packed with very good nutrients. It has the life force. It is a very high Qi food! It’s also the highest in soluble fiber. This soluble fiber binds to the fat and excess cholesterol. Then we can lower cholesterol and improve heart function naturally. We can improve the blood circulation by pulling out all the fatty deposits in our circulatory system with the soluble fiber of the avocado seed. Soluble fiber is very difficult to get in our diet. Oatmeal has some, but it cannot compare with the avocado seed. Any heart disease patient must eat the avocado including the seed. Source

        Based on these and other facts, I concluded that adding avocado seed in small proportion can be beneficial for nutritional needs. Also I have noticed that it helps to make a consistency of some smoothies less frothy, as in case with green smoothie that contains apples, cucumbers, or pineapples. I like to add ½ half avocado seed per 32 oz of most of my green smoothies; then it doesn’t affect the taste of smoothie but makes it a little thicker and provides additional nutritional benefits. Here is a sample recipe.

        Green Smoothie Sweet and Sour Delight


        4 Fuji apples, sliced
        2 medium lemons without peel
        1 banana, peeled
        1 bunch parsley
        1 cup spinach
        1 stalk celery
        Small piece ginger
        ½ avocado seed

        Yields: 32 oz
        • LJ
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          I have been suffering with gout. Our doctor in mexico told us to start drinking avocado pits juice. we have started this and it has been over 2 weeks since I had my last gout. I totally agree with you about avocado pit remedy. It works!!
  • I just ordered my VitaMix today, and I'll definitely going to be giving the avacado pit a try in a shake.
    I was talking to one of my friends recently, and she told me that she has had a shake with an avacado pit in it.
  • Dear all

    You have made a fantastic discovery of this magical seed.

    I have used avocado seed as tea alternative for a year. one of the observable positive effect was that it helps me get rid of flu virus faster than expensive medicines. I make my tea by blending the pit and boil it with ginger. a dash of milk will improve its appearance and taste. with this product, I had less worries with swine flu. however, this myth needs bursting with scientific research.

    Dr. Kaka
  • An Avocado Pit is auspicious. Eating the pit is ... Um... Hummm... plausible, yet I am unexperienced with it as a meal. Yet, During the great depression of the early 1900's, there were occurances of people digging up flower bulbs and eating those. I would place the likelyhood of it being both nutritious and edible on the plus side, for goodnesses sake.
    I am Look forward to hearing more on this subject, as two pits are now beginning to extend tap roots and are awaiting some potting soil. I enjoy growing these plants even though the north east climate limits the fruit production, the green leaf vegetation is beautiful. Oh, yes, I have heard that avocado oil is great to add to a pet's food for skin and hair health too. Maybe the pits have a high oil content too?
    • I have ground small ones up in my BlendTec blender in a smoothie before. I didn't like the taste. It's very bitter. Also, it beat the heck out of my plastic BlendTec container (I'm disappointed that it came in plastic and not glass!). It turned everything bright red, too (the smoothie, I mean).
      • agreement to the philosophies brought up by Renee and by Gavan.
        Take peach stones for example... these are the source of cyanide.

        ... but papaya seed is supposed to be a specific against digestive microorganisms (the bad kind), so that means that some fruit seeds may have medicinal value..

        Maybe the jury is out on this one until somebody runs some thorough lab analysis on the aguacate stone.

        But just for fun I will try this out to see what it does to me. I may even grow to like it.
        • Fabulous! I tend to save the seeds anyway because I feel they exude a sense of beauty with it's smooth lush feel
          I am looking for ways to get more soluble fiber and if the tannins are the only problem then that's near nothing lol
          even tea has tannins especially when it gets Bitter that's the tannins
          but can u just eat it fresh without the drying and powdering? as I don't have a fancy blender lol
          also thanks for the Flu herbal infusion recipe as I tend to have avocade seeds readily available and my elderberry stock is diminishing which is what I usually use for flu and colds
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    I have been eating the pit for a long time , if I have 3 smoothies in a day, I have 3 pits , and I blend the avocado pit with a big slab of raw ginger , I have no ill effects, I also take Epsom salts once in awhile and olive oil in my smoothies,, pinch pinch nope I am not ghost .. Oh I threw away my thyroid medication because it made me feel like shit, now I feel like super great. If it kills me I will die happy and feeling good :))
  • I tried the pit blended with a lemon as i saw it demonstrated by a Vitamix guy in the us as a good source of soluble fibre
    bunged it in the Vitamix with a pint of water & lemon it was the most DISGUSTING THING I HAVE TRIED ( being naive i thought i could down it in one go that didn't happen lol)
    I didn't want to put it in a smoothie as i didn't want to ruin the taste of if it, if it was VILE!!!! no amount of smoothie will ever hide the taste of it as it is so bitter imagine drinking 100 bags of stewed tea & that is what it tastes like.
    I would NOT!!!! blend the stone if you do not have a Vitamix anything other is a POORMANS BLENDER. Unless you want a broken blender lol

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