Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Have you heard of “avocado hand”? It is a scary new injury that’s sending home cooks and amateur chefs to the hospital in equal numbers.
As you might imagine, avocado hand comes from improperly cutting avocados. Specifically, avocado hand occurs when people don’t realize how ripe their avocado is, so they cut into it with more force than they need to.
Avocado-related injuries are becoming so widespread that The Times of London recently reported on the uptick in avocado hand.
They explained that surgeons have been seeing more and more stab and slash injuries due to people not knowing how to safely cut an avocado — some of these injuries have even required intricate tendon and nerve surgeries.
Fox News reported that some hospitals prepare themselves for post-brunch avocado injuries on Saturday afternoons.
But don’t worry, surgeons aren’t recommending that people stop eating avocados — instead, they just want people to learn how to cut them properly and safely.
Read on to learn the safe way to cut an avocado. You don’t want to be the next avocado hand victim!