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Why Avocados Keep Sending People to the E.R. — And How You Can Avoid It

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The rise of avocado-related injuries has become a “global phenomenon,” apparently.

With the sudden explosion of avocado toasts, unique guacamoles and the endless ways to incorporate more of the green stuff into your meals, Simon Eccles, the secretary of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, tells the U.K.’s The Times that he sees about four patients a week with an injury related to cutting an avocado.

He’s seen so many people who have had an avocado experience gone wrong that he is suggesting a warning label come on the fruit: “Perhaps we could have a cartoon picture of an avocado with a knife, and a big red cross going through it?”

The phenomenon has been dubbed “avocado hand” by several U.K. doctors and according to an orthopedic surgeon at NYU Langone’s Hand Center, this is a seasonal injury with waves of people coming in around Cinco de Mayo each year, when guacamole is extra popular.

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Although kitchen-related injuries are not tracked by ingredient, the injuries from avocados range from a simple slash to losing full function in the hand.

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Given this information, we thought it’d be the perfect time to teach you just how to cut the fruit without sending yourself to the hospital. To avoid a run to the emergency room, here’s Real Simple‘s technique for properly slicing an avocado.

For an even easier way to slice your avocado, we recommend Chef’n’s Avoquado 4-in-1 Avocado Tool sold here.