We are all aware of the fact that traditional cooking oils like vegetable, canola, soybean, cottonseed and safflower are abundant on the grocery shelves. But some might not be aware that they are are also highly toxic. Products that are mass produced and modified genetically may be cheaper to buy, but they end up costing you in the long run when it comes to your health.
These oils mostly contain partially hydrogenated fats (trans fats) and are dangerous because they disrupt normal cell metabolism in our bodies. When these oils are heated in the cooking process, they also turn rancid – not only affecting your health, but ruining the flavor of food.
The favorite alternatives are usually olive oil or coconut oil, but they are still not your best option due to a low heat threshold when cooking. The better choice? Avocado oil.
Avocado oil is made from pressing the fleshy pulp surrounding the avocado pit, making it one of the few oils not derived from a seed. It makes an oil full of healthy fats, including oleic acid and essential fatty acids. Avocado oil also contains more potassium than a banana and more protein than any other fruit. It contains high amounts of oleic acid, monounsaturated fats, magnesium and Vitamins A, E and D. Avocados have also been shown to increase the absorption of carotenoids.
Avocado oil is recommended for:
- Those on a low FODMAP protocol
- Anyone using the GAPS diet
- Autoimmune diets and protocols
Here are some more benefits to using avocado oil:
- Avocado is considered a cholesterol lowering food and may improve the balance of HDL and LDL in the body.
- Avocado oil is one of the best natural sources of Vitamin E. It has been shown to help reduce skin damage and reduce wrinkles.
- Avocado is an excellent alternative for those allergic to tree nuts (coconut or almond oils).
- The monounsaturated fats found in avocado oil can have a beneficial effect on blood pressure.
- Avocados are often used in diets to reduce joint pain and arthritis pain.
- Avocado’s essential fatty acids nourish the hair and scalp.
- The fats in avocado are easily digested and have a calming effect on an upset stomach.
It’s important to take any steps we can to replace the products that we now know are not the best options for our health and replace them with healthier alternatives. Avocado oil is often mistaken as a “fat” food. Although it is high in fats, they are the good kind of fat, the polyunsaturated fats that contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These fats are an essential requirement for our bodies, and we can only get them from foods.