You Throw Away Avocado Pits? Here Are A Few Ways To Use It
December 21, 2018 11:59 By Fabiosa
Avocado is quite a popular ingredient used all over the world in different dishes. An avocado pit takes up about 20% of the whole fruit; along with this, it contains more antioxidants than the pulp. So why not use such a healthy product?
In the countries where avocados are grown extensively, its pits are often used for maintaining health and preventing different illnesses. Its useful properties come from the high percentage of nutrients essential to the human body; for example:
- antioxidants (responsible for keeping body cells young);
- amino acids (normalizes cholesterol level and improves the work of the cardio-vascular system);
- fiber (improves digestion and helps with weight loss);
- flavonols (prevents the appearance of tumors, improves memory);
- potassium and phosphorus (normalizes the body's metabolic process).
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Avocado pit for consumption
Anyone who has tried an avocado pit at least once knows that it tastes very bitter. How can you consume it then? There are 2 most wide-spread options:
- As a drink: Place the whole pit into boiling water and cook it for 10-15 minutes, then let the liquid cool drink it during the day;
- As a dietary supplement: The pit needs to be peeled, grated finely and dried in the oven at a low temperature for about an hour. The powder you get can be added as seasoning to different dishes, as well as be used for making tea.
Despite the significant number of useful properties, it's not advisable to overuse the avocado pit. Due to being high in tannin, it can cause constipation.
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Avocado pit for skincare
That chubby avocado pit can be used for skin care. It's a great base for scrubs which will be a great fit for ladies both with oily and sensitive skin. The recipe is pretty simple. First of all, extract the pit from the avocado flesh, wash it, and leave it to dry for 3-7 days. Then grind the pit in a blender. The powder can be used for making various scrubs. For instance, you can ad banana puree (half a banana will do) and a little olive oil. Also, you can add avocado pit powder to your favorite facial wash.
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Avocado shampoo? Why not!
You can make a great shampoo out of avocado, which will be suitable for any type of hair. For making an organic shampoo, you'll need 3 avocado pits, 1-1,5 quarts water, and some time.
Grate the pits, add to pot of water, and cook at a slow boil for 20-30 minutes. After the liquid cools, sift it, pour it into any easy-to-use bottle, and add around 3 oz of your favorite shampoo. The prepared product is quite thin, but it still works great for hair making it shinier, softer, and more manageable.
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