Multiple scientific studies have linked avocados with health benefits ranging from anti-ageing to warding off cancer.
But new research suggests we're eating them all wrong - and throwing out part of it that's a 'gold mine' of powerful protective nutrients.
In the first study of its kind, scientists have discovered that the seed husks - which are usually discarded along with the seed - are rich in medicinal compounds that could prevent the growth of malignant tumours and the build-up of fat inside our arteries.
These could be used to improve treatments for cancer, heart disease and a host of debilitating diseases.
Experts say the least appreciated part of the trendy fruit could soon undergo a 'trash-to-treasure' transformation and as well as being used in medicine could enhance cosmetics, perfumes and other consumer goods.
Experts believe the findings could one day lead to the creation of supplements made from the husk rather than consuming it as opinion is currently divided over how safe this actually is.