What Happens If you Eat Unripe Avocado? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat unripe avocado, you may have a dry, bitter mouth and some digestive issues, but nothing serious.

Unripe avocado is a fruit that has not reached its optimal ripeness and has a hard, green skin and a firm, bitter flesh.

If you accidentally eat unripe avocado, you will not experience any serious health problems, but you may feel some discomfort in your mouth and stomach.

This is because it contains tannins, a type of natural compound that gives unripe fruits a dry, astringent taste.

Tannins can also interfere with the digestion of proteins and iron, and cause constipation or nausea in some people.

It is quite uncommon to eat unripe avocado due to its unpleasant taste and texture, but some people may do so by mistake or out of curiosity.

You can relieve the symptoms of eating unripe avocado by drinking plenty of water, eating some ripe fruits or yogurt, or taking an antacid if you have acid reflux.

To avoid accidental eating of unripe avocado, you can test the ripeness of the fruit by gently squeezing it in your palm.

A ripe avocado should yield to the gentle pressure.

You can also ripen an unripe avocado faster by placing it in a paper bag with a banana or an apple, or by wrapping it in foil and baking it in the oven for 10 minutes at 200°F.

Finally, remember, unripe avocado is not harmful to humans, but it is not very enjoyable either.

Ripe avocado, on the other hand, is a delicious and nutritious fruit that can be used in many dishes and snacks.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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