We’ve all heard that accidents are most likely occur at home, specifically in the bathroom or kitchen. But one thing you never hear about are the statistics for how many people are severely injured while trying to cut an avocado in the kitchen. Well, it happens, as hard as it might be to believe. And when it does, it’s putting people in the hospital.
The New York Times recently released a story titled “How to Cut an Avocado Without Cutting Yourself.”
That’s one way to remove an avocado pit.
Because apparently the avocado injury epidemic is bigger than we realized.
The New York Times article declares the avocado “one of the most dangerous foods to cut.” A single doctor can see upwards of a dozen avocado-cutting-related injuries a year. Staggering! The article’s author even knows someone who was handed a hospital bill of “around $20,000” for injuries sustained while cutting an avocado.
The article also explains that many injuries come from improper handling of the knife while removing the pit, or when a person cuts the avocado while holding it. In an attempt to keep the avocado injury epidemic in check, the New York Times even provided a short video for proper avocado cutting.
But the real issue is that if you’re cutting something, always exercise caution.
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No matter what you are cutting, whether it’s an avocado or an apprentice Jedi.
So let’s not blame avocados for bad practices.
It’s not like the avocado is secretly plotting to hurt you right?
I mean, the avocado is so cuddly and adorable. It’s like the panda bear of the fruit world.
They’re both so plump and full of joy!
There’s no evil killer in the avocado, waiting to cause you injury.
But if you want a crash course in how to cut an avocado, and you don’t want abuela judging you the entire time…
Cause you know she will.
…Here’s a video to help.
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No shade. No shame.