Many cut their hands when cutting an avocado
Pouring hot water over yourself in the kitchen or slipping on wiped floors - everyone knows these household risks. However, what most do not consider a danger: There is a high risk of injury when cutting and coring an avocado. The Vice President of the British Society for Hand Surgery, Simon Eccles, points this out to The Times. Many cut their hands when removing the core, which is why doctors within the clinic also refer to this type of wound as the “avocado hand”.
Avocados have been growing in popularity for a long time. The high-fat fruit is eaten straight on the bread, used as the main ingredient for guacamole or drunk in a smoothie. Fresh avocados are not only extremely tasty, they are also very healthy. In addition to the healthy vegetable fats, the fruit contains numerous vitamins, minerals and secondary plant substances. Research shows that avocados can help lower cholesterol and are good for blood formation. In addition to the health benefits, there are also dangers - at least if the fruit is handled incorrectly.
As the Vice President of the British Society for Hand Surgery told The Times, rising consumption also leads to a "consistent increase in injuries". Many do not know how to correctly cut an avocado.
That's what his colleague Simon Eccles, who works as a plastic surgeon in London, says. In one week alone, the doctor had to take care of four patients who would have cut themselves by cutting the green fruit. That is why the doctors call the injuries "avocado hand" within the clinic.
So you disassemble an avocado
The doctors want to draw attention to the dangers with their advice. “When buying avocados, people don't expect them to be very ripe, and they have practically no idea how to use them,” says the doctor. For this reason, both advocate “clear warnings” to reduce the number of injuries. Doctors demand that a kind of diagram for handling should be shown on a label that sticks to the fruit. Consumers should be warned of the risks if they remove the large core from the fruit.
Don't just cut properly, wash too!
Avocados must always be washed before preparation, as experts from the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA) explain on their website.
It is best to clean the fruits with cold or lukewarm water and scrub them lightly. Bacteria and pesticides frolic on the bulky skin of the fruit, which can get into the pulp when cut with a knife. (sb)