Avocados are making a comeback in American meals now that healthy fats are “in” as a part of a heart-friendly diet, but there’s a drawback to cutting the fruit open, known as “avocado hand,” which is making headlines in emergency rooms throughout the country.
“You can injure anything from tendons to nerves to blood vessels,” said Dr. Thomas Waters of the Cleveland Clinic, who blames part of the problem on the avocado’s big, slippery pit. “People tend to use a big knife to whack it out of there.”
“Avocado hand” has become such a big issue in the United Kingdom that the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons has issued a warning over this fruit.
The first rule-of-thumb is never hold anything that you’re trying to cut. Use a cutting board or at least place a folded towel between the avocado and your hand. The second rule is to use a sharp knife, which Waters said is actually safer. “It’s more accurate, and you’re able to do what you need to do, ” he explained, noting that dull knives often cause injuries.
The danger is very real, because cutting nerves or tendons usually take a long time, perhaps months, to heal.
— LADbible (@ladbible) May 11, 2017
Even Meryl Streep made the news for “avacado hand”.
— 🔪💍SúperPlanner💍🔪 (@SuperAndrea) May 13, 2017
— Sally Ann Rice (@McSalamander) May 11, 2017
— nichola harvey-smith (@mushroomnix) May 13, 2017
It’s been a month since I stabbed my hand trying to pit an avocado. I still don’t have feeling in my thumb.
Probably not good, right?
— norviscotia. (@angelakay629) May 8, 2017
OK. I admit it, I once stabbed myself in the hand while improperly removing a pit from an avocado. Blood everywhere. Required stitches. https://t.co/mYH7KZSNH7
— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) May 3, 2017
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