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You've Probably Been Eating Avocados Wrong Your Entire Life

You might've heard a lot about adding avocados into your diet. What you don't know is simply slicing and serving the green goodness eliminates one of the healthiest parts.

The healthy fats found inside the produce have been scientifically proven to help lower bad cholesterol levels. But simply enjoying the soft green insides of the fruit isn't the best way to take advantage of all the fruit has to offer.

Most of us have been taught to prepare an avocado uniformly: Once it's ripe, simply cut in half, then remove and dispose of the giant seed. But by choosing to chuck the seed, you've actually ignored the most nutritional part of the entire fruit.

"The seed holds 70 percent of the avocado's antioxidants, including the well-respected polyphenols associated with green tea," according to One Green Planet. Along with these nutrients, the seed is packed with soluble fiber, which can improve digestive and intestinal problems. Plus, vitamins and oils found in the seed can improve the condition of your skin, nails and hair.

Of course, the seed on its own is all but impossible to digest without breaking a tooth or gagging. Instead of torturing yourself in the name of good health, simply pop the seed into a food processor. The remaining powder is the perfect addition to your pre-workout smoothie. On its own, the powder can be quite bitter, so add a bit in peanut butter or some more fruit into your blender along with your seed powder, and enjoy!

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You've Probably Been Eating Avocados Wrong Your Entire Life