The Benefits of Cooking with Avocado Oil
Gourmands, novice cooks, and food fanatics are all falling in love with avocado oil! Avocados are more than just great toast toppers, taco accoutrements, or salad fillers. This wonder fruit (yes, avocados are a fruit) provides an oil rich in flavor and health benefits. In this post, we’ll explore the many marvelous benefits of cooking with avocado oil!
Try a bottle of Tantillo Avocado Oil to see the difference for yourself in the kitchen!
Health Benefits of Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is made by pressing the pulp, then extracting and filtering out the oil. The resulting oil consists predominantly of a beneficial fatty acid called oleic acid. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid that is a must for a well-balanced, healthy diet. Avocado Oil is over 70% of monounsaturated fat! Here are just a few health benefits of avocado oil:
Your Heart Loves It
It’s the battle of the fats… our good-guy, avocado oil vs. all that other junk. Avocado oil has been shown to increase HDLs, the good cholesterol. It simultaneously reduces artery clogging LDL’s, which may otherwise lead to cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol.
Oxidants are “free-radicals” that cruise around your body damaging cell tissue. Avocado oil is high in antioxidants. You can think of these as the oxidant police, which reduce the number of harmful free radicals in our system.
Avocado oil also aides in the absorption of other valuable nutrients, vitamins and minerals. It’s also chock-full of its own assembly of vitamins and minerals, like potassium, folate, and vitamins K, C & E. These nutrient body-boosters help in the fight against oxidants and promote general, everyday body functions.
Inflammation is no fun. For those who suffer from arthritis, mobility and daily function can be limiting, painful, and frustrating. Avocado oil is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help reduce swelling and pain.
Cooking Benefits of Avocado Oil
We’d be hard pressed (ha ha, oil joke) to say that avocado oil is anything but a kitchen powerhouse, the ingredient that chef’s dreams are made of. There is hardly a culinary function that this oil cannot accomplish. From baking and marinating to sautéing, stir-frying, roasting and searing, let’s take a look at some of the cooking benefits of avocado oil before diving into some specific application tips.
High Heat Cooking
Avocado oil can take the heat—a LOT of heat. With a very high smoke point, 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. This high flash point allows you to cook to your heart’s extent.”
The high smoke point of avocado oil makes it an ideal match for sautéing and stir-frying. Going above an oil’s 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. For help, check out our blog post covering the smoke points of popular cooking oils.
Avocado oil has the right balance of flavor. It’s not overpowering, bitter, or sweet. It has a wonderfully light, nutty flavor, a buttery texture, and a super smooth mouthfeel. Mellow and perfect!
Using Avocado Oil
Here, we’ll map out a few handy kitchen uses for your new-found favorite oil!
Avocado oil acts in the same way as other oils when it comes to baking, providing moisture, tenderness and richness. Feel free to substitute our all-star in your brownie, cake or cookie recipes-instead of those other mega-saturated, harmful oils.
Stove Top Cooking
Avocado oil really is the go-to oil for high heat cooking like sautéing and stir-frying. Even though avocado oil can take the heat, it’s also fitting for use in lower heat applications like pastas, soups, gently cooked vegetables, and sauces.
Avocado oil is also great for preparing roasts. Not only will Avocado Oil make a fabulous marinade, given its high heat capabilities, it will surely give your meat that desired outer crispness! No more soggy Thanksgiving turkey or lifeless pot roast.
Naturally, avocado oil and salads are BFFs. This mellow oil brings out the flavor in any dressing—whisked, shaken or drizzled. It coats salad greens magically, distributing tastiness to every bite.
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