Avocado oil is a pure, unrefined oil that is designed for cooking at high temperatures. It is a great source of monounsaturated fats, and is one of the best cooking oils for people on the Paleo diet. Avocado oil has a smoke point of 491 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it perfect for all kinds of cooking. Oils are an important part of a healthy diet, and most Westerners do not get enough healthy fats in their diet, so any oil that has low levels of acidity and oxidation makes a great addition to your diet.
How Avocado Oil Is Made
This oil is made by cold-pressing avocados to extract the fats. Avocado has a high vitamin E content, and unrefined oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids while being low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free.
The Health Benefits of Avocado Oil
There are still a lot of people who think of all fats as being bad. This over-simplified view comes from research published in the 1950s, which linked fats (in general) to heart disease. In the decades since then, scientists have discovered that it is LDL cholesterol that is dangerous, and that consuming polyunsaturated fat can help to lower the levels of LDL cholesterol in your blood. Consuming monounsaturated fat can also help to lower blood cholesterol, and can be beneficial for people with diabetes as well, as long as fruit and vegetables are included in the diet and the patient gets an adequate amount of exercise.
Healthy fats are not the only thing contained in this versatile oil. Other important ingredients include vitamin E and phytosterols, including beta sitosterol. This nutrient is useful because it helps the body convert linoleate into other polyunsaturated fatty acids, thereby helping to reduce your blood cholesterol levels. In addition, beta sitosterol may help to reduce your risk of prostate cancer.
Vitamin E is used by the body to improve the health of your skin. In addition, it plays an important role in the health of your cardiovascular system. In addition to vitamin E, avocado (and its oil) is rich in fibre, potassium and vitamin B, improving your immune system and digestive system.
This versatile oil is one of the best oils to use for high-heat frying, along with coconut oil, palm oil and ghee. If you cook under medium heat, you may want to use olive oil, sesame oil or hazelnut oil. Every Paleo kitchen should have a broad selection of oils for different occasions, from hemp seed and flax seed oils for cold usage to oils for baking and frying.
One of the most important parts of the Paleo diet is learning not to fear fats. The grain-focused Western diet is not what our body needs, and contrary to popular belief, eating fats will not make you fat. Adding a small amount of healthy oils and fats to your diet will increase your feelings of satiety and leave you with more energy and a healthier skin. It will also lower blood cholesterol.