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‘Avocado Hand’ Is Sending People to the ER Because People Don’t Know How to Cut Their Fruit

When it comes to reasons why so many people are sitting in emergency rooms with something bleeding, you can now add avocados to the offending injuries. According to SFGate, people not only are slashing their hands trying to cut an avocado, but in some cases are racking up exorbitant hospital charges for fixing their injuries — such as a New York woman whose bill totaled $20,000 after she sliced her hand instead of the fruit.

Injuries aside, avocados are excellent health foods that may help protect your heart and optimize cholesterol levels. They are rich in healthy fats that your body can easily use for energy. And, besides containing high amounts of fiber, protein and healthy fats, avocados contain high amounts of several essential vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, potassium, folate and vitamin K.

If you don't get any other concept about how avocados can literally change your health, this might move you: The high fat content in avocados is a good thing — it's not "bad" fat. In fact, it's good, necessary fat from oleic acid, which is the same monosaturated fatty acid contained in olive oil.

That’s why both avocados and olives and olive oil are high on my list of good foods to eat if you want to try a fat-for-fuel diet. As I explain in my new book, “Fat for Fuel,” healthy fats like avocados, olives and olive oil, lard, organic eggs and butter can help address metabolic mitochondrial defects that lead to chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
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