Oh Avocado Oil, you are truly beautiful! That’s a phrase you may not have heard before but in our house it’s common. With its versatility in the kitchen and health benefits, it’s easy to see why Avocado Oil can be a staple in every chef’s cabinet. So, what are some of these magnificent traits?
How about high heat cooking?
With a very high smoke temperature, it won’t begin to burn unless it reaches over 520°F. Compare that to our other favorite oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which has a smoke point of 320°F. The high smoke point of Avocado Oil makes it an ideal match for sautéing and stir-frying. Going above an oils smoke point can make the oil break down and degrade causing it to lose the health benefits it possesses. So make sure to pick the right oil for the right occasion.
Avocados are considered one of the top superfoods, and the health benefits of Avocado Oil are bountiful. Like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Avocado Oil is high in monounsaturated fats. These healthy fats can help lower your LDL (Low Density Lipid) or your “Bad” Cholesterol. Plus, Avocado Oil is over 70% of monounsaturated fat! The abundant levels of Oleic Acid, which is a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid, in Avocado Oil make it resistant to oxidation so it will last longer and won’t turn rancid quickly. But, we always recommend keeping oil bottles capped and away from heat and light when not in use to maintain it’s shelf life.