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.”
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.
It’s a fact universally acknowledged that avocados are pretty much god’s gift to humanity. Not only are avocados delicious on tacos and tortilla chips, but they are also incredibly versatile. Because of their high amounts of Vitamin K and potassium, many people call avocados a superfood. But you don’t have to ingest this magical fruit to reap its benefits. The high-fat content in avocados makes them a wonderful addition to any topical beauty routine–especially your hair routine.
The benefits of avocado hair masks are practically endless. The monounsaturated fatty acids in avocados help our hair and scalp absorb certain vitamins and minerals that are essential to our hair health. Additionally, the oil in avocado is very similar to the natural sebum that our own scalp produces. This makes avocados especially helpful in moisturizing dull and brittle strands.
Here at FIERCE by mitú, we have compiled a list of avocado hair masks recipe to help your elevate your hair game to the best it’s ever been. Take a look below!
The “Hair Workout” Mask
If you have weak and brittle strands, look no further than this DIY strengthening mask. This mask will help fortify hair follicles that are prone to breakage and splitting. The protein in the egg yolks help to bind porous follicles, the castor oil coats and strengthens the hair shaft, and the avocado contains high amounts of vitamins B and E which also helps to protect.
-2 egg yolks
-2 TBSP Castor Oil
-1 ripe Avocado
Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, making sure the avocado is fully mashed. Apply on dry hair. Make sure your strands are fully saturated. Leave and cover with a shower cap for 1-2 hours. Wash thoroughly. Shampoo and condition as usual.
The Moisture Mask
This mask is great for those of us who have hair that’s looking a little thirst. Honey acts as a natural humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to the hair. Olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties that promote scalp health and prevent dandruff. Along with avocado, the high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids in these ingredients will do wonders to quench dry locks.
– 1/2 ripe Avocado
– 1 TBSP Honey
– 1 TBSP Olive Oil
Mash or blend the avocado thoroughly until it is completely smooth. Mix in the honey and olive oil. Apply to hair, making sure to concentrate on ends. Leave on 30 minutes to an hour and then rinse. Shampoo and condition as usual.
The Scalp SOS Mask
If you suffer from a flaky or itchy scalp, your scalp’s health may be compromised. While so many people focus on nourishing the hair shaft, they may be neglecting the root of the issue (pun intended). The tea tree oil and honey in this mask will help clear out scalp build-up and leave your follicles clear and clean.
– 1 ripe Avocado
– 10 drops Argan Oil
– 2 TBSP Honey
– 1-3 drops Tea Tree Oil
Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mash well. Once the mixture is smooth, apply to head, focusing on the roots. Cover the mask and leave on overnight for maximum results. Rinse out and shampoo and condition as usual.
The Diamond Mask
Suffering from dull locks? Your hair may have an excess of buildup or a hair cuticle that is uneven and fails to reflect light. The lemon juice’s acidity will help remove build up. While the banana will provide both acidity and moisture to the hair. The coconut oil and avocado will help to flatten the hair cuticle, making it easier for light to reflect off your strands. This mask will help your hair shine bright like a diamond!
– 1 TBSP Lemon Juice
– 1 ripe Avocado
– 1/2 a ripe (but not overripe) Banana
– 2 TBSP Coconut Oil
Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until there are no lumps left. Apply mixture to hair and evenly distribute with a wide tooth comb. Leave on hair for 30 minutes and then rinse. Shampoo and condition as usual.
The Miracle Grow Mask
If you’re on a #hairgrowthjourney and you’re not seeing much progress, it is probably caused by a few key culprits. Either your hair is breaking off too fast to retain length, or your scalp health isn’t as great as it should be, leading to clogged-up follicles. The ingredients in this hair mask are sure to jump-start an inch or two!
– 1 Ripe Avocado
– 3 TSP Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
– 1 Vitamin E Capsule
– 1-3 drops of Rosemary Oil
Mash avocado in a medium-sized bowl. Make sure that there are very few chunks. Combine the rest of ingredients and mix well. Spread mixture on your hair, concentrating at the roots and ends. Leave the mixture on for 30 minutes to an hour. Rinse thoroughly. Shampoo and condition as usual.
In a world ravaged by the avocado mania that brought us $12 avocado toast and $6 avocado ice cream, non-Floridians are perplexed by the very existence of the “SlimCado.” This variety of avocado is actually much bigger than the typical Hass avocado, but is more watery and has 30 %percent less fat. As a recovering Floridian myself, it’s quite unsurprising to see what I’ve always known as the “Florida Avocado” become the “SlimCado.”
The USDA reports that, of the 1,000 varieties of avocados, 95 percent of the avocado market is represented by Hass avocados. Some say its popularity is a result of its thick skin which is more resistant to bruising while in shipping. Mexicans say it’s because of the Hass avocado es hecho en Mexico.
The SlimCado has much thinner and shinier skin than the Hass.
Growing up, we used to just slice the stone fruit up and eat it with our steak and arroz con frijoles. It was a refreshing taste of sweetness to add to an otherwise very savory and spicy cena.
Frankly, I never saw a Hass avocado until I moved out of Florida.
That’s because we have an overabundance of Florida avocados. These avocados are born of a West Indian variety that does better in humid swamps like Florida, where they proliferate.
The Florida avocado has a new name – SlimCado – meant to attract misinformed weight watchers.
The USDA reports that Florida avocados have 25 percent fewer calories per cup than the Hass variety. Florida avocados also have more vitamin C and E and less fiber than the Hass avocados. Ultimately, studies show that eating healthy fats like those from avocados actually help with weight management.
The Internet seems to have a singular opinion on the subject:
Many people worry that this is the product of a Franken-fruit experiment gone wrong. GMOs–it’s a thing. In fact, this lineage of avocados is completely natural. Think of Hass and Florida avocados as green and red apples. There’s a wide variety of red apples and a wide variety of green apples, but it’s easy to tell green and reds apart.
Meanwhile, Floridians are yawning at this “news.”
Okay, so this person is a hater, but you just can’t expect a Florida avocado to perform like a Hass avocado. Having sliced Hass avocado in your casamiento isn’t “refreshing.” It’s rico.
If you walk into eating a Florida avocado expecting it to be a “healthy avocado,” you’ll be like Jeremiah and say, “The Slimcado is a mushy cucumber. Avoid at all costs.”
Floridians are basically teaching the rest of America how to eat avocados outside the box.
I can vouch for that. They’re far too water to enjoy on toast or as guacamole. While mashed Hass avocados serve as a great replacement for butter, SlimCados are anything but buttery. Mexico made guacamole out of Hass avocados, and y’all better keep it that way.
It is a huge mistake to even try to compare Florida avocados as “healthy” avocados.
You’re setting yourself up for failure, Brooks Tropicals. There should be a warning label: do not use these avocados to make guacamole. Already, Twitter users like Charles Crevequer are publicly suggesting this name change: “Since they turn into a watery mess if used in guacamole, perhaps “slime-cado” would be more accurate?”
Non-Floridians are just throwing mad shade at Florida right now.
Rightfully so, Patrick. We might agree that the “SlimCado” brand should have never been born. We’re tired of seeing food marketed as low-calorie. Whatever happened to getting the best bang for your buck? Calories keep us going. Fat feeds our brains. These Florida avocados belong in a salad, alongside juicy Florida mangos.
Meanwhile, Californians are getting themselves confused with Mexicans.
Imagine breaking it to Ken that California didn’t invent guacamole or the Hass Avocado. Hecho en Mexico, baby. That said, these marketing tactics have Florida written all over them, and for that, I apologize on behalf of the Sunshine State.
Conclusion: Eat when thirsty, not when hungry.
From this Floridian to you, dear reader, our avocados are like actual fruit to us. We cut them up like we cut up our mangos and we eat them when we’re un poquito hungry but mostly thirsty and too lazy to drink water. Don’t expect the extravagance of avocado toast or guacamole from us. We’re just thirsty.