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Re: Healthy Eating
« Reply #30 on: May 13, 2017, 05:48:06 pm »
I am really worried.  I have to cut up TWO Avocados to add to my salad for today's Potlatch Ceremony here at Diner HQ!  I could be maimed for life!  Should I risk cutting up the Avocados or leave them out of the salad?  ???  :icon_scratch:

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How to avoid “avocado hand”
Erica Edwards, NBC News Published: May 13, 2017, 9:15 am Updated: May 13, 2017, 9:50 am



(NBC News) Once shunned for its high fat content, the avocado is now revered in kitchens across america for its amazing heart healthy benefits, but the guacamole-starter’s place in the spotlight may be spoiling.

Just ask anyone who’s tried to cut open the green fruit, and ended up slicing right through their hand instead.

“You can injury anything from tendons to nerves to blood vessels,” warns the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Thomas Waters.

One problem is this big slippery pit in the middle. People tend to use a big knife to whack it out of there.

It’s been reported that one plastic surgeon in the United Kingdom suggested the problem is so bad that avocados should come with warning labels.

We couldn’t find a doctor willing to go quite that far, but they offered a few safety tips instead.

First, don’t hold anything you’re trying to cut. Place it on a cutting board.

If you must hold it, put a folded towel between the fruit and your hand.

Second, sharpen your knives.

“A very sharp knife is actually safer,” Dr. Waters explains. “It’s more accurate and you’re able to do what you need to do. It’s actually the dull knives that lead to injuries.”

The potential for long term injury is real. Deep cuts to nerves or tendons can take weeks to months to heal.

Well, it's never happened to me.  :laugh: The deal with aguacates  ;D is to JUST NOT put a lot of pressure on the knife after you get through the thin, but tough, outer skin. The inside before the pip is so soft that you just go all the way around and have two slices lickity split!

The pip just pops out. Also, I use a spoon to get as much of the meat out as possible.   

By the way, the fruit in the picture looks like it was a bit green. The "meat" can be quite tough when they are not ripe. In that situation, a cut might result from trying to wedge the pip out with a knife instead of using a spoon or your finger.

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