Three Good Reasons to Cook with Avocado Oil

In this single delectable fruit are combined the protein of meat, the fat of butter [but much more wholesome!], the vitamins and minerals of green vegetables, the flavor of nuts, a six course dinner.”

Noted food writer has said this and pretty much sums up what an avocado truly is as a fruit, as an ingredient and even as a cooking oil.

Yes, there is such a thing as avocado oil and it can easily substitute your regular oil in terms of taste, smoke point and health benefits.

The Taste

The oil one uses in cooking is an essential ingredient of any dish.  Unlike other oils which taste bland and heavy, avocado oil is unusually light, rich and buttery.  It doesn’t overpower the food you are cooking but rather, complements it.

Avocado oil can be used in many ways – in your dressings, marinades and sauces — much as you do with other cooking oils.  It’s versatile and buttery flavor brings more life to fish and shrimp recipes, potatoes, salads, toast, barbecue, pizza and a whole lot more.

You can easily enhance the flavor of any dish by using this delicious but very healthy ingredient.

Highest Smoke Point

 

All oils have a smoking point or heat tolerance.  Oil that has reached its smoking point emits smoke and once it does, it will smell and taste bad, burning the food and negatively affecting its taste.

At 520° F, avocado oil has the highest smoke point of all natural oils.  Olive oil has a smoke point of 374°F and for butter, just 350° F.

This simply means that avocado oil is ideal for high temperature cooking.  You can even use it for deep frying because it can get very hot without smoking.

Health Benefits

At present, fried foods have a disagreeable health reputation.  But with the existence of avocado oil, that could very well change.

The health benefits of using avocado oil are numerous.  Top most on the list is it being good for the heart.  Studies show that this type of oil can reduce bad cholesterol and increase the good ones.

The monounsaturated fat and omega 3 it contains help in fighting and decreasing clogged arteries – quite a turnaround from the effects of butter or your regular cooking oil.

Avocado oil also contains lots of Vitamins A, E and D and has antioxidant compounds which maintain healthier and younger-looking skin.  It is also rich in Vitamin B which is known as “happy” vitamins owing to the fact that it helps lift one’s mood and gives the body energy.

In general, avocado oil has about 20 vitamins, minerals and nutrients that keep the body well and healthy.

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