The fitness and health craze are at an all-time high. Everyone is looking into the newest fad diets and work out plans. With the number of healthy foods and quality exercise programs available out there, it is hard to justify leading an unhealthy lifestyle.
One of the staples of healthy living is everyone’s favorite green berry, the avocado. You risk being shunned by society if you claim that you do not like or consume this superfood. Eating avocados has practically become its own religion. The avocado itself is very healthy as it is full of healthy fats and vitamin B6. But that is not all. Scientists have recently found a new use for the pit of the avocado. A study from 2017 has shown that the thin film that surrounds the pit contains many antiviral and antioxidant compounds within it.
Now, this does not mean you are supposed to eat the pit. In fact, the pit and the husk contain toxic substances as well in addition to all the compounds that can be used in medicine. Those very substances can be used in the production of plastic, but they are not suitable for human consumption.
A great way to use the avocados slimy center is to recycle it. We already have many bottle, can, and paper deposits, why not a deposit for collecting avocado pits.
As with anything else, people are continually finding new ways to recycle everything they use daily. The pit will decompose by itself if it ends up on a landfill, but then why not put it to good use if it does not affect the environment adversely. The now insanely popular coffee shops are always finding new and resourceful ways to reuse old coffee beans. In addition to that, they are currently serving avocado toast and charging exorbitant prices for it. The high cost of avocados themselves might explain why that is, but that is beside the point. If people collected and recycled the pits, scientists might be able to upcycle them then and create various medicine and plastics.
Even though recycling is probably not going to happen soon, using the husks to create new medicine should. At this point in time, more than half of the drugs available for cancer treatment are natural products or some sort of natural derivative. Even most of the antibiotics that are being used now are made from natural resources. Avocados fit the bill perfectly. They contain lauric acid, docosanol, and butylated hydroxytoluene. Just these three compounds combined are enough to be a solid antiviral drug. Scientists hope that a bit of work in the labs might even push these natural remedies into the realm of FDA approved drugs. That is with a bit of modification of course.
Before any of this starts happening there are some tips you can apply to your daily use of avocados to get the most out of the super berry. The dark green bits closest to the skin that usually end up in the trash are in fact the healthiest part of the avocado. The slightly rough pieces are the ones that contain all the carotenoids. The carotenoids are potent, and they give plants like carrots and apricots their color.
Scientists are still debating whether dietary oxidants positively affect cancer risk. Some studies have shown protective effects while others displayed nothing of the sort. That is the biggest issue with nutritional science. What works for some people might not, and probably does not work, for others.
It is not like the people that consumed avocados needed any sort of additional boost to their ego, but they got it nevertheless. But the people that do not spend six dollars on a single piece of fruit still do not have anything to feel bad about.