Are you at risk for the dreaded ‘avocado hand’?

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Eating a lot of avocados on your low-carb diet? This could be dangerous. Not because of the high fat content (that’s absolutely fine). No, there’s another reason. You just put yourself at a surprisingly high risk for the serious injury ‘avocado hand’:

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons is now calling for safety labels on the fruit, advising people on how to cut them safely.

“Avocado hand” injuries are much worse than just small cuts though, many people have caused themselves serious nerve and tendon injuries which require surgery and can leave you without full use of your hand.

It’s a heavy price to pay for an Instagrammable brunch.

This article contains a guide on how to safely cut an avocado:

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  1. cavenewt
    You don't need a knife to slice up an avocado. Cut it in half and scoop out bite-size pieces with a spoon. Done.
  2. Karetha
    Use a knife that isn't sharp. Use a spoon to dig the seed out. Safe and easy!
  3. G Karr
    Cut the avocado around horizontally, pull it open, squeeze and the seed pops out. Then scoop the fruit out with a spoon. If you need little chunks, now you can slice it on a cutting board. So much easier. The other way, that dang seed just doesn't want to come out.
  4. Yvonne Harris
    I hand peel my avocado like an orange the skin peels off so easily and then I thin slice it all around shaving till core exposed and that's it . Eat and enjoy, never messy and learning the feel an texture is very important for great taste along with cuts, slice's or creamy. Love my Avocado ?
  5. Yvonne Harris
    Have a great avocado Day
  6. Eugenia Concha
    Ask the american (real american, as mexicans, peruvians), people how they have eaten avocados for centurys, without been injured.
    Unless this is a British joke.
  7. Sandra
    I'm confused.......everywhere I look on the internet maintains that avocado's have anywhere from 12 to 20 carbs each! This is the only site I can find that says they have 2 carbs each. What?????
  8. Sal
    It's because fiber makes up most of avocado's total carbs. Non-keto sites don't care about subtracting the fiber but on a keto diet you don't count the fiber.
  9. Wendy P
    So avocados are ok on the strict keto? I love my avocados but I want to keep my carbs under 20 a day.
  10. Hedley Finger
    Its easy to cut an avocado.

    1) Grasp the avocado with the thumb at the N pole (stem end) and two fingers at the S pole.
    2) Carefully slide in a small peeling knife under the arch of your palm.
    3) Cut to the seed, then carefully roll the avocado to cut around the equator.
    4) Grasp each half in a hand, then twist one half free; the seed remains in the other half.
    5) Take a heavy knife and rap the seed forcefully so that the blade is embedded.
    6) Twist or lift the seed out.l

  11. Diana
    Alguno a probado el batido de aguacate con leche de coco? Es espectacular.

    En brazil se llama Vitamina Juice.

  12. Dwight
    Eugenia - no offense, but I am neither Mexican nor Peruvian, but still consider myself an American. I think that native Americans have a LOT to be proud of and I tip my hat to them. Using (what seems to be your logic), however, can in some ways be problematic for identifying who the "real Americans" are by how many years or generations they can boast of who lived and died in the Americas.

    Originally, all people seem to have originated somewhere across the Atlantic around a couple hundred thousand years ago (oldest human fossils found anywhere). The earliest clear evidence of humans in the Americas was much, much later. My guess is that we will never know who the "ORIGINAL Americans" were or where they came from. Just saying.

  13. Lisa
    I'm an artisan bread baker full time (10 years so far) and this article cracks me up. I deal with 400 pounds of dough every day. Cut your avocados however you choose and just breathe.

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