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Here’s Why Doctors Think Avocados Should Come With a Warning

Avocado hand’ is an alarming knife injury that can occur when the avocado pit is not removed correctly

Avocado injuries are on the rise — and no, it’s not from people banging their head in frustration trying to time the ripeness. “Avocado hand” occurs when you cut through the popular fruit to remove the stone but the avocado is softer than you expect, and you cut through your hand. Ouch! Apparently, it’s a common enough occurrence that doctors are recommending a warning be put on avocados to reduce the risk of injury.

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeons has put out the call for a warning label to be placed on avocados to decrease the number of knife injuries and hospital visits.

“People do not anticipate that the avocados they buy can be very ripe and there is minimal understanding of how to handle them. We don't want to put people off the fruit but I think warning labels are an effective way of dealing with this,” said Simon Eccles, honorary secretary of the association, suggesting a “cartoon picture of an avocado with a knife, and a big red cross going through it,” according to the International Business Times.

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