Avocado oil has many redeeming qualities
How beneficial is avocado oil? Is it just as good as eating an avocado?
The benefits of avocado oil outweigh those of olive oil, according to Superfood Profiles. Avocado oil is actually made from avocados that have been damaged or their appearance is not pleasing. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fatty acid (a healthy fat that is less prone to heat induced oxidation), Vitamin E, potassium and lecithin.
According to Natural Living Ideas, refined avocado oil has the highest smoke point (how quickly an oil "burns" when heated) of any plant oil which makes it perfect for quick searing in very hot oil. Unrefined avocado oil has more solids in the oil and a lower smoke point. Avocado oil also has an unusually high concentration of beta-sitisterol, a type of cholesterol, which the body can use to convert less healthy fats into forms which are more usable and less damaging to cells. Avocado oil is also anti-inflammatory, and can help prevent damage to arterial walls, which in turn lowers the risk of heart disease caused by plaque deposits according to an article entitled: 21 Foods that Naturally Unclog Arteries.
While avocado oil is a healthy change of oil for cooking because of its excellent flavor, there is no substitute for eating an avocado since it is a nutrient dense fruit containing 33 percent of your daily recommendation of Vitamin C, fiber and other minerals. Two tablespoons of avocado oil contain the same amount of fat and calories as a large, whole avocado. Avocado is also excellent for your skin. Like most oils, avocado oil contains 14 grams of fat per one tablespoon, and almost ten grams of monounsaturated fats. An avocado contains more potassium than bananas, and about 25 percent of the fiber in avocado is soluble, while 75 percent is insoluble. According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, avocado oil boosts absorption of carotenoids in your food. Fat-soluble carotenoids rely on dietary fats, but most foods that are high in carotenoids are low in fat. Hence, enter the avocado. In the study, both high and low doses of avocado oil enhanced alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein absorption from a salad by as much as 15 times compared to a salad without avocado oil. Enjoy!
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