I've seen article about great benefits of eating avocado seeds. And another here.

Does it mean avocado seeds are edible? How do you eat it then?

On Wikipedia page we can read:

Avocado leaves, bark, skin, or pit are documented to be harmful to animals; cats, dogs, cattle, goats, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, birds, fish, and horses can be severely harmed or even killed when they consume them.

How about humans?

Somebody from here suggested that the avocado pit is mildly toxic.

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    Page 2 of your first article, and your second article, suggest preparation methods. What I can find from the citations in the Wikipedia page (and that for Persin, the main toxin present in the avocado plant) seems to indicate it is much more harmful to birds than to mammals, and may not be present in all varieties of avocado. In my opinion none of the sources provide any particularly credible evidence of these alleged benefits, and all of them concede that it does not taste good.
    – Random832
    May 7, 2015 at 19:24
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    I'd highly recommend against swallowing it whole.
    – Ohnana
    Mar 16, 2016 at 14:41
  • Don't eat them. Getting your colon irrigated is no fun. Trust me.
    – Neil Meyer
    Nov 17, 2021 at 20:55

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Persin is a fungicidal toxin present in the avocado which is generally harmless to humans. However when consumed by domestic animals in large quantities it is dangerous.

It is an oil-soluble compound structurally similar to a fatty acid, and it leaches into the body of the fruit from the pits. Negative effects in humans seem to be primarily in allergic individuals.


I can't advise on any of these, so I'd normally put this in a comment, but it's a bit long.

Searching on 'how to cook avocado seeds' found a few articles on the topic:

The only common thing between all of these is that they call for getting it smaller before eating. Most make it into a powder first if they're planning for consumption. I don't know if grating it first might make it safe to go through a food processor without damage. (or if you could grate + boil then process)

  • They must taste pretty good...because they don't look like anything good to eat.
    – gnicko
    Nov 12, 2021 at 1:25

Just because something is harmful for animals, you can't conclude that it is harmful to humans. Some examples:

  • Grapes and raisins can kill a dog or cat, they cause renal failure.
  • Sugar alcohols which are used as artificial sweeteners in a number of foods can also kill animals, they cause a sudden drop in blood sugar which can be deadly.

So avocado seeds may or may not be toxic to humans.


Well, the truth is avocado seeds are toxic. But that doesn't mean you can't have them. At the same time, they are helpful with lowering blood pressure and losing weight. Avocado seeds contain this toxic compound in a minuscule amount and whatever little that is present in it can be detoxified by our body easily. The only thing to note here is that moderation is key.

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