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

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat unripe avocado, you will not get sick, but you might not like its bitter and hard flesh, which can also affect your nutrient absorption and digestion.

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

If you accidentally eat unripe avocado, you will not experience any serious health problems, but you might not enjoy its taste or texture.

This is because it contains less fat and more water than ripe avocado, and has a higher concentration of tannins, which give it a bitter and astringent flavor.

Tannins can have both positive and negative effects on your health.

On one hand, they are antioxidants that can protect your cells from damage and inflammation.

On the other hand, they can interfere with the absorption of some nutrients, such as iron and calcium, and cause digestive issues, such as nausea, bloating and constipation.

It is quite uncommon to eat unripe avocado due to its unpleasant taste and texture, but sometimes people might cut into an avocado before it is ready and decide to eat it anyway, or use it for some recipes that require cooking or baking.

You can prevent any adverse effects from eating unripe avocado by limiting your intake, drinking plenty of water, and eating foods rich in iron and calcium to compensate for the possible nutrient loss.

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

A ripe avocado should yield to the gentle pressure, while an unripe one will feel firm and hard.

You can also ripen an unripe avocado faster by placing it in a paper bag with a banana or an apple, which will release ethylene gas and speed up the ripening process.

Finally, remember, unripe avocado is not toxic or harmful, but it is not as delicious or nutritious as ripe avocado.

Therefore, it is better to wait until the fruit is fully ripe before eating it, or use it for some dishes that can enhance its flavor and texture.

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Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

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

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