Did the dog learn his lesson?

When people find out you spend your days knee deep in health stuff, you get a lot of weird questions.

Especially from the neighbors.

The other day some friends were over at the house, and they were telling me a wild story.

A kinda scary one, actually.

It turns out their dog had suddenly become lethargic. And he refused to eat.

Since this lab normally scarfs down everything put in front of him (and some stuff he digs up on his own), this was very concerning. So they rushed to the vet…

Turns out he must have gotten in the trash and swallowed an avocado seed.

Now, it may have passed on its own, but they didn’t want to chance it. So the vet went in and did a “pit-ectomy.”

The dog’s out of the woods. But the story led to a question… Could you actually eat an avocado pit? And is there any reason to want to?

I don’t like to say “I don’t know.” I prefer “I’ll see if I can find out.”

So I started poking around.

Apparently in Nigeria, an extract of avocado seeds is used to manage blood pressure. And some animal studies have shown it may be useful in treating diabetes or high cholesterol.

And in a test tube, it acts as an anti-fungal, particularly against candida.

Which is all well and good. But it doesn’t really answer the question. Could you somehow break up the pit and eat it?

Before you ask, “Jeff… why? Why do you care?”

Because I’m stubborn.

Just imagine you’re the first guy who’s decided to eat a lobster. I mean… yikes. But they are tasty.

And people eat lots of odd things that have benefits, from dandelions to crickets.

So I wasn’t ready to punt just yet.

Not too surprisingly, nobody can really tell me if it’s safe to eat avocado seed.

There just aren’t that many toxicity studies that have been done on it. The ones out there make it seem ok, but… if there’s a human study, I haven’t seen it.

Still, there are some people who go to the trouble of drying out the seed in a low temperature oven, then chop it up or pulverize it, to use in smoothies, or teas.

And apparently it tastes awful.

So let’s review…

Nobody really knows if eating an avocado seed is beneficial. It’s a pain in the rump to prepare. And it tastes terrible.

So, it’s a hard pass for me.

And it would have been for the dog too, I’d imagine.

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan

Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

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10 thoughts on “Did the dog learn his lesson?

  1. They used to think tomatoes were poisonous. Who ate the first one and li ved, and why? Also, who ate the first egg out of a children’s butt and who thought it was a good idea to put it in a cake mix? Things that keep me up at night.

  2. I have in the past used the seed dried and chopped mixed with
    my cereal breakfast,but have stopped doing it. To much hassle.
    I did not mind the taste or noticed any real health improvements.
    Another point while I am here.
    After using patriot flex and Joint and muscle freedom there is no
    improvement in my struggle with the joint pain in my right instep
    and ankle. Just about finished my first bottle and will keep tring.
    Starting acupuncture this Saturday to see if that will help.

  3. Avocado nutrition ………70% is in the seed……I dry it, peel it, chop it let it dry more , then put into coffee mill , till it can be put into a shaker. Use on salads, sandwiches , side plates, in soups…..I have been doing this for years …I also have a giant planter with about 12 avocado trees going , each about 4 feet tall.

  4. I had read about the health benefits in avocado seeds some time ago—and the taste issue—so I did what I’ve done with other things that are really good for me but that I don’t particularly like (such as beets). I chopped the seeds into smaller pieces, blended them into even smaller pieces, dehydrated them (at a low temperature so as not to kill off the good enzymes) and then when completely dry, put them back in the blender and powdered them. THEN I could add them to my morning shake. I have had no side effects (that I know of!) other than gaining the good nutrition.

    Note: this does take a very good blender (I use a Blentec). I keep the powder in a closed canning jar.

  5. Saw the facebook posts about drying and eating the avocado seed a couple of years ago. Tried it once, and came to the same conclusion: too much trouble and tastes terrible. Thanks for the confirmation.

  6. I took a Qigong class from Jeff Primack. He also teaches food healing and has a recipe book: Food-Healing Cooking with Qi, The Ultimate High-Phytochemical Cookbook . . . And a Smoothie formula book. Among the many foods he recommends is tbe avacado pit. He blends it up in a smoothie using a Blendtec. I have tried doing it too. Go to http://www.Qigong.com to learn more.

  7. Jeff, a question that seemingly has no answer. Does psyllium husk actually expire? Does Meta-mucil expire? If so, why? It’s fiber in powder form. If stored properly it should last forever. How can
    fiber expire?

  8. Hahaha – ate an avocado seed! My poor silly dog ate aROCK about that size. It got stuck in her intestines and doc had to cut it out. Same symptoms. Sheesh – dogs are the strangest people! LOL.

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