You've been eating avocados all wrong

A new video on how to peel avocados been released by an American society

Ben Tufft
Saturday 09 May 2015 10:40 BST
The avocado has grown into a world-girdling culinary colossus
The avocado has grown into a world-girdling culinary colossus (Getty Images)

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They are known for being a healthy snack, but how many people have been eating an avocado the wrong way?

While avocado aficionados often eat the fruit using a spoon, experts say they are missing out on the most nutritious part.

Instead of digging in with cutlery, the best way to keep the healthy dark green flesh just beneath the skin is to peel the fruit, after halving.

This is according to the American Chemical Society, which uploaded a new video detailing how to get the “maximum health benefits” from avocados.

The rough flesh closest to the skin is high in fibre, potassium, fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins B12 and E, but is often thrown away if using a knife to cut out the flesh from the skin.

The easiest way to expose this flesh is to cut the avocado in half, remove the stone, cut the halves into quarters and then peel the segments.

If the avocado is too ripe it will be harder to cleanly peel the fruit.

A ripe avocado should have recently turned black, as this is the ideal pint at which to eat it.

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