That avocados are healthy, is not really surprising: they provide valuable fatty acids and numerous vitamins, especially B vitamins and vitamin E. The hard middle of the berry (avocados are botanically seen as a berry) hitherto a shadowy existence. But that is over now. In Internet blogs avocado seeds are being traded as a new superfood.
Avocado injury_8.20Dried and powdered, the seeds can be stirred in cereals or smoothies. The ingredients are said to have beneficial effects on health, such as stimulating fat burning and strengthening the immune system. Also, the cholesterol level can affect the core powder positively, they say. That sounds tempting. But is it right?
Eating avocado kernels – especially an ingredient causes problems
Silke Noll, nutrition expert at the consumer center Bavaria, has looked closer to the supposed superfood and draws a critical conclusion. There are only "a few studies, especially on the ingredients of the core," she writes in a statement from the Consumer Center. Health risks from consumption could therefore currently not be "ruled out".
Above all, an ingredient could cause problems from the perspective of the expert: the bittern Persin. It is in the flesh of the avocado and in the kernels and is poisonous to almost all pets – especially birds, rodents and larger mammals like pigs. Also the owners of dogs or cats are advised not to feed avocados.
Persin is harmless to humans in small quantities
For humans, the low levels of persine that stick in the meat of avocados are safe. But above all, the core contains larger quantities of the critical substance. "Whether and how the core amount of Persin contained in the core has not yet been investigated," says Silke Noll. The nutritionist therefore advises against consuming avocado seeds and powder made from them.
In Germany, avocado-cocaine-containing foods have not been authorized and may not be sold.
Swell:Consumer Center Bavaria / Time Online
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