Avocado oil has become quite a trendy superfood over the last couple of years. While pricey, it’s grown in popularity since low-carb diets have made a comeback, and for most, it’s worth the price tag.
Avocado oil comes with a number of health benefits and makes for an excellent healthy oil choice in place of other vegetable oils.
Here are four health benefits of avocado oil, plus how you can add it to your diet.
4 Health Benefits of Avocado Oil
#1 High Smoke Point: Unlike other oils, like olive oil that are more sensitive to heat, avocado oil makes a great cooking oil due to its high smoke point. With a smoke point of 520 degrees F, this oil is great for sautéing or roasting veggies. But, it works just as well as a salad dressing base too.
#2 Rich Source of Healthy Fat: There’s no denying the fact that avocados are a great source of healthy fat, and avocado oil happens to be rich in oleic acid which in a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. You may be familiar with this fat as olive oil is also rich in oleic acid. Avocado oil is a great oil choice to add to a healthy and well-balanced diet and can be used in place of inflammatory oils like corn, soy, and canola oil.
#3 Rich in Lutein: Avocado oil is also rich in lutein, which is a carotenoid that can help support vision health. Since we cannot produce lutein, we have to rely on healthy dietary sources like avocado oil to make sure that we are getting enough.
#4 Helps Boosts the Absorption of Fat-Soluble Vitamins: Since avocado oil is such a great source of healthy fat, it makes a great fat source to boost the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K). Consider drizzling some avocado oil over your veggies to boost nutrient absorption.
How to Add Avocado Oil to Your Diet
Avocado oil is very easy to add to the diet and can replace inflammatory oils. Here are some easy ways to get these oil into your diet.
- Use as your primary cooking oil.
- Drizzle over salad.
- Use in place of olive oil in homemade pesto.
- Drizzle over vegetables.
- Add a drizzle to your smoothies.
- Make homemade avocado oil mayonnaise.
Avocado oil, while a trendy superfood at the moment, actually holds some pretty impressive health benefits, and gives us reason to consider enjoying it more. Consider adding this oil to your diet and use it in combination with some other healthy oils like olive and coconut.
Choosing anti-inflammatory oils like avocado oil in place of the inflammatory options can make a big difference in our overall health. It’s one area of our diet that’s easy to improve, so give avocado oil a try. It may just become your new go-to cooking oil or salad dressing base.