Avocado oil is a nutrient-dense oil that should be in everyone’s kitchen. It’s great for cooking, skin care, and digestive health and offers more benefits than I can list. It might just be the next coconut oil… maybe.
So what’s so great about avocado oil?
Oleic acid – The same fatty acid that makes olive oil so amazing, oleic acid is good for the immune system and can withstand oxidation much better than most oils. This makes it last longer without going rancid and better at withstanding high temperatures.
Avocado oil is rich in fatty acids and it works to lower bad cholesterol and raise your good cholesterol. Avocado oil is just as effective as extra virgin olive oil.
Vitamin E – An essential vitamin for healthy skin, hair and nails, vitamin E helps prevent against the oxidative damage caused by free-radicals.
The oleic acid in avocado oil along with the carotenoids and vitamin E can reduce the growth of precancerous and cancer cells and even cause cell death in abnormal cells. The carotenoids also decrease the side effects of chemotherapy.
Digestion – Avocado oil is great for gut health for similar reasons as avocado itself. Cold pressed avocado oil is rich in enzymes and healthy fats that help stimulate your body to repair itself. The avocado oil’s vitamin E can help strengthen the skin and the immune system when you eat it.
If you experience frequent heartburn or feel an abnormally high amount of gas and bloating on a regular basis, or if you feel tired all the time, poor digestion may be the cause.
The vitamins, minerals and monounsaturated fatty acids in avocado oil all help the digestive tract to process food more efficiently. This won’t fix it overnight, of course, but you will be surprised at how quickly you will start to feel better, have more energy and may even start to lose weight as a result!
A special note: you want to make sure you always buy the unrefined, cold-pressed, extra virgin version whether you want to cook with avocado oil or use it for your skin and hair.
Avocado Oil has Vitamin E, an essential vitamin for healthy skin, hair and nails. It helps prevent against the oxidative damage caused by free-radicals. Click To Tweet
My Favorite Ways to Use Avocado Oil
1 Cup avocado oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
½ teaspoon salt
Add all ingredients to a wide-mouth mason jar, use an immersion blender and lift up and down for 30 seconds. You’ve got delicious and nutritious homemade mayo!
If you don’t have an immersion blender you can use a regular blender. Start by adding the egg and on medium speed slowly drizzle in the avocado oil until thick. Add the other ingredients and enjoy!
Salad Dressings and Marinades
Try swapping avocado oil into your favorite salad dressing and marinade recipes.
Creamy Lemon Basil Avocado Oil Dressing
1 Tablespoon homemade mayo
¼ Cup avocado oil
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
10 basil leaves, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
Mix all ingredients together and serve with fresh greens.
Tamari Ginger Avocado Oil Marinade
1-inch piece ginger, finely chopped
¼ Cup tamari
¼ Cup avocado oil
Use as a marinade for chicken breasts, steak, tempeh or pork chops.
Add all ingredients to your blender and process until super smooth.
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