Why are avocados not toxic to humans?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

Avocados, oh how I love them! And I’m so glad they’re not toxic to us humans. Let me explain why.

You see, avocados contain a compound called persin. Now, persin is actually a natural fungicide, which means it helps to protect the avocado fruit from fungal infections. But here’s the interesting part – persin is not harmful to humans at all!

In fact, persin has been studied for its potential health benefits. One of the most exciting areas of research is its effect on breast cancer cells. Laboratory studies have shown that persin can actually cause programmed cell death, or apoptosis, in breast cancer cells. This means that it could potentially be used as a treatment for breast cancer in the future. How amazing is that?

But back to avocados being non-toxic to humans. The reason why persin doesn’t harm us is because it’s found in very low levels in the flesh of the fruit. So even if you were to eat a whole avocado, you would still only be consuming a small amount of persin.

And here’s another interesting tidbit – persin is mainly found in the leaves, bark, seeds, skin, and pits of avocados, rather than the actual edible part of the fruit. So when you’re enjoying a delicious avocado toast or guacamole, you don’t have to worry about persin at all!

Now, I must say that while persin is safe for most people, there have been a few cases of pets, specifically birds and some animals, being sensitive to persin. So it’s always a good idea to keep avocados away from our furry and feathery friends.

But for us humans, we can happily enjoy avocados without any concerns about toxicity. They’re not only delicious, but they also offer a range of other health benefits, such as being a good source of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.

So go ahead and indulge in that creamy avocado goodness without any worries. Your taste buds and your health will thank you!