In recent years, avocados have become a big foodie obsession. Folks don't mind waiting in long lines at their city's hottest brunch spots, in order to snap the perfect picture for their IG accounts.
Though brunch is a great way to up your IG game, foodies quickly realized that the hipster avo toast they're paying $20 dollars for can easily be made at home for a fraction of the price. The thing about DIY avocado meals is that they've lead to an increase in avo-related injuries because people tend to cut the avocados in their hand, instead of on a cutting board.
The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons has named this injury "avocado hand" and they're calling for safety labels to be placed on the popular fruit. Avocado hand has lead to very serious nerve and tendon injuries which have resulted in complicated hand surgeries. Some patients never recover the full use of their hand.
There are no official statistics surrounding avocado hand, but in 2012, Meryl Streep was photographed with a bandaged hand after an unfortunate run-in with a knife and an avocado. If avo-hand can affect Meryl Streep, it can happen to anyone people!
In New Zealand alone, over 300 people have filed claims and have received almost $90,000 in payout. Instead of ripping our hands open and having to go through legal measures, here are some kitchen essentials you can use that might lessen your chances of an injury.
Though cutting an avocado in your hand in the chef thing to do, maybe it's best to leave that to trained professionals. Using a cutting board will probably lessen your chances of an injury significantly. Be safe folks!
Use these trendy cutters specifically on a cutting board.
These gloves might be a bit excessive but refer to Meryl Streep's hand injury for reference. Safety first people.
Secretary of the BAPRA, Simon Eccles, says:
“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. It needs to be recognisable. Perhaps we could have a cartoon picture of an avocado with a knife, and a big red cross going through it?”
If you pay attention to whether or not your avocado is ripe and use the right tools to cut it open, the avocado hand will never be an issue in your life!