The Shocking Reason Avocados Shouldn't Even Exist

Imagine a life without guac ... if you dare.

Anyone who doesn't think avocados are one of the most delicious foods on the planet either, A) hasn't had one yet, or B) is wrong.

Because avocados have such a broad appeal, it's pretty scary to think how close they came to going extinct at the end of the last ice age. Think of how much less delectable life would be without guacamole, avocado toast, or green smoothies!

As a recent video from SciShow explains, there were very large mammals in ancient Central America that ate the fruit and then excreted out the seeds in their droppings. This was a win-win, because the animals got a nutrient-dense food while the plant got help reproducing. All was well ... for a while.

The biggest downside to this mutually beneficial relationship became clear when those animals went extinct. Without these giant mammals to spread the seeds around, how would the plant reproduce? The future of the avocado was in serious jeopardy, until one key species stepped in and saved the day.

Check out who we have to thank for the continued existence of avocados here:


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