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Avocado hand is the latest British epidemic

13 May 2017

But your favourite fruit (yes fruit) may actually be harmful to your health as experts warn avocados are putting people in hospital.

The number of avocado-related injuries is on the rise, prompting surgeons to call for the popular fruit to come with a safety label.

It's true that slicing around the avocado and removing the big pit can be tricky if you don't know what you're doing, and apparently, these amateur chefs are doing some serious damage to their hands in the process.

Doctors say slicing an avocado while holding it in your hand is unsafe, and the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons wants the fruit to include warning labels, The Times of London reported.

Thankfully, the British Society for Surgery of the Hand have published a guide on how to cut an avocado without risk of injury.

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The injury even has its own nickname, "avocado hand", a serious cut resulting from failed attempts at penetrating the fruit's tough skin, and slippery collisions with the inner stone.

They might be the best thing to happen to brunch since the waffle maker was invented, but avocados are apparently legitimately unsafe. According to The Irish Times, Simon Eccles of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, has said that he treated up to four patients each week from said injury.

Three-time Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep is among those who have cut themselves while slicing avocados, E! Fortunately, medical professionals are finally taking steps to tackle this very real problem - just like coal workers suffer from black lung, and office secretaries are plagued by carpal tunnel syndrome, upper-middle-class people obsessed with constantly eating avocados can now become afflicted by something they're calling "avocado hand". "It needs to be recognizable", Eccles said.

We like the way you think, Eccles.

It turns out, there was no need for our avocado induced panic last week. Then, to remove the pit, wrap the fruit in a heavy towel, place it on a sturdy countertop, chop down into the pit so it's stuck in the blade, and twist to remove.

Avocado hand is the latest British epidemic