*Avocado oil is edible oil extracted from the avocados, fruits of the tree Persea americana.
*It is a fruit oil like olive oil and palm oil.
*It is similar to olive oil in its fatty acid composition, but is more viscous than olive oil with a sweet nutty aroma.
*Used as a salad oil, vegetable drizzling, marinades for fish and chicken, frying oil and carrier oil to infuse other flavors.
*Has a very high smoking point of 491 F, which prevents it from break down of fatty acids at high temperatures.
*Avocado oil has to be stored away from the light and heat, preferably in the refrigerator. It has a shelf life of 6-12 months.
Is it raw?
Yes. Avocado oil is cold pressed mechanically under controlled conditions away from light and heat. Make sure you read the labels.
1. Avocado oil is low in saturated fats and very high in unsaturated fats, 70% monounsaturated fats and 13% polyunsaturated fats.
2. The high monounsaturated fat content is similar to that of olive oil. Oleic acid lowers the LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol in blood and raises the HDL cholesterol.
3. Alpha-linolenic acid, the omega-3 fatty acid in avocado oil, promotes a healthy heart, reduces hypertension, reduces the risk of autoimmune diseases and cancers, acts as a blood thinner and prevents the formation of clots and improves depression.
4. The omega-3 fatty acids also appear to be important for cognitive and behavioral function, as well as normal growth and development.
5. The essential fatty acids, alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) and linoleic acid (omega-6), are the precursors of prostaglandins, the hormone like substances that have a variety of functions like contraction and relaxation of smooth muscles, control of blood pressure, pain and inflammatory response, etc in human beings.
6. The natural antioxidants help fight against free radicals in the body, enhance the immunity and reduce the risk of cardiovascular, autoimmune and degenerative diseases.
7. Like all other plant oils, avocado oil is free of trans fats and cholesterol.