Avocado Husks Are More Valuable Than We Think

Due to the scarcity of resources, we’re doing everything we can to minimize food waste. Restaurants in the Gulf Coast are returning empty oyster shells to depleting reefs. Apps are helping restaurants donate excess food to the needy. The current generation is making the most out of avocados — but throwing away its most valuable part. As it turns out, avocado husks are chock-full of beneficial compounds that can treat harmful diseases.

For the study, [chemistry lecturer Debasish] Bandyopadhyay and his researchers ground up 300 dried avocado seed husks into 21 ounces of powder. After undergoing additional processing, they were able to extract three teaspoons of seed husk oil and more than an ounce of seed husk wax from the powder.

The oil compounds were found to be useful in anti-viral drugs and decreasing the risk of stroke. The wax was also a medical jackpot, among other things.

58 per cent of the compounds in the wax are “very good” plasticizers, which are used in industrial products… while the compound heptacosane could be an effective anti-tumor treatment for lung, breast and colorectal cancer.

As amateur home cooks, we ought to leave the husks to professionals. But collecting them in a basket wouldn’t be a bad idea. Millennials do love their avocado toast.

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