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The husk of the pit

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

Since he made the jump from soap operas to movies, there's been some debate about which of Brad Pitt's 63 movies are the worst. "Johnny Suede" (1991) and "Cool World" (1992) may be the two least memorable, but a sure-fire throwaway is 2004's "Troy." RobertEbert.com gave it two stars, saying (politely), "Achilles is not a character he [B.P.] inhabits comfortably." But fortunately for us, most Brad Pitt movies ("Thelma & Louise," "The Big Short," etc.,) are worth holding on to. And that's true too of the often-discarded but actually valuable avocado pit.

You probably know that an avocado's creamy flesh contains good-for-you monounsaturated fats, including odd-numbered omega fatty acids, that reduce lousy LDL cholesterol, and is rich in vitamin C, potassium and vitamin E. But chances are you, like the rest of the country, have overlooked the health benefits crammed into the pit and its brown, papery husk.

In South America, the pit, loaded with antioxidants, has been used for generations to treat inflammation, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Want to try it? Chop up an avocado pit and place in a tea diffuser with boiling water.

The husk of the pit is even more beneficial -- it contains a goldmine of more than 130 nutritious compounds in its oil and wax. Recent research has scientists speculating that the medicinal compounds within them eventually could be used to treat cancer, heart disease and other conditions. You can crumble the husk into a salad, add it to a smoothie or just munch it (bitter alert) as a snack.

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Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit www.sharecare.com.

(c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

(c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
 

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