While the praises have been well and truly sung for the great uses and health benefits of olive oil, there’s another type of oil on the rise.
Avocado oil has emerged as a great option due to its nutritional benefits, versatility and delicate flavour.
“Packing a healthy punch, avocado oil is brimming with antioxidants, beneficial fats, vitamins and minerals,” Australia’s Healthy Chef, Teresa Cutter, says. “Not only have the good fats in avocado oil been shown to lower blood pressure, boost ‘good’ cholesterol and enhance the absorption of other nutrients, but its versatility in the kitchen is unparalleled.”
Here, Teresa lets us in on why it’s great to use avocado oil:
“Avocado oil has a gorgeous flavour profile that lends itself to a huge variety of dishes. It has a mild, slightly buttery taste with a hint of fresh avocado that makes the most delicious salad dressings. I also love drizzling it over leafy salads, vegetables and fish.”
Good for your health
“Almost 70 per cent of avocado oil consists of monounsaturated oleic acid content, an omega-9 fatty acid that has been shown to be making beneficial to heart health and increasing HDL, the ‘good’ cholesterol.”
High smoke point
“Avocado oil has a high smoke point (190-205C vs 175C for coconut oil and 165 to 190 degrees for extra virgin olive oil). The higher an oil’s smoke point, the more versatile it is for cooking. Once an oil reaches its smoke point, the structure of the oil starts to break down, releasing free radicals, while many beneficial nutrients are destroyed.”
Benefits your eyes
“Avocado oil is a good source of Lutein, a carotenoid that improves eye health and may lower the risk of age-related eye diseases. The body doesn’t produce Lutein so you must obtain it from food.”
Enhances absorption of nutrients
“Studies show that the addition of avocado oil to a meal can boost the absorption of carotenoids (health-promoting antioxidants) in food.”
Improves skin health
“The healthy monounsaturated fats in avocado oil keep my skin naturally hydrated and looking great. Avocado oil has also been studied for its ability to treat skin injuries, and one study has shown that it may accelerate wound healing.”
Better digestive health
“The healthy fats in avocado oil are essential for digestion and nutrient absorption because they nourish the lining of the gut. Plus, its low FODMAP, making it the perfect choice for those with digestive issues.”
Teresa recommends using cold-pressed Grove Avocado Oil.