Top 4 Reasons Why You Need to Be Cooking with Avocado Oil
A simple trip to the grocery store these days can feel like a mental jigsaw puzzle. Who can keep up with trying to balance our wallets, weight and worries about our food? It’s practically impossible to keep track of the latest health news, fads and recommendations cluttering our consciousness. Luckily, avocado oil is an easy, practical choice that cuts through the clutter of our modern diet dilemma. You’ll be delighted to find that it is healthy, delicious, versatile and easy to use – and the benefits of avocado oil don’t stop there.
1. ‘Good’ Monounsaturated Fats
Have you heard someone say that avocados are made of “good” fat?
That smart person was referring to heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. These omega-9 fatty acids have been proven to help reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol, and are considered an important part of a healthy diet.
These fatty acids also have benefits for hair and skin, because they soak through tough outer cell walls to moisturize from the inside out. Ready to start reaping the benefits? Try using avocado oil to create a DIY leave-in hair conditioner or combine the oil with honey, lemon and sugar to create a homemade facial scrub. Get a full list of our top beauty DIY’s with avocado oil here >
2. Antioxidants + Vitamins
When you think of avocado, your mind may first travel south towards guacamole, but this delicious fruit is an under the radar heavy hitter when it comes to nutrition. Avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E – all great for things like your cells, waistline, skin and even hair, but it doesn’t stop there.
Lutein, a powerful antioxidant found in avocado oil, helps to keep our eyes young by preventing age-related eye diseases like cataracts. Avocado oil has also been shown to be effective against damaging free radicals that can cause major damage to our bodies on a cellular level.
3. High Smoke Point
While it’s true that you are what you eat, how you cook your food can be equally as important. When we cook, especially at high heats, the oils we cook with can burn and break down on a chemical level. Once the oil’s chemical structure begins to break down, it can become toxic and dangerous for human consumption. Yuck!
Don’t panic, there is good news! Each oil has a different temperature the breakdown process begins, called the smoke point. Avocado oil has the highest smoke point of cooking oils, from 470-500 degrees Fahrenheit, making it by far the safest oil for high heat cooking. Virgin oils are the least safe for cooking as they have an extremely low smoke point. For example, virgin avocado oil has a smoke point of 250 degrees Fahrenheit. (Need to buy before you fry? Find where to buy avocado oil here.)
4. Great Taste
One of the best benefits of avocado oil is the great taste! Unlike many other overpowering strongly flavored oils, refined avocado oil is light, fresh and perfect for food. Avocado oil can be easily used in place of olive oil, coconut oil or sesame oil with delicious results. It also makes delicious condiments, salad dressings and marinade for meat and vegetables. Simply swap avocado oil in equal parts for your next oil based recipe to taste the difference.