Avocado oil is growing in popularity as more and more people recognize its value as a superior cooking oil. Cold pressed avocado oil also has many beneficial properties for improving your appearance, disease prevention and long-term optimal health.
I’ve written before about the importance of the smoke point of the oil you cook with and why avocado oil is the best and perhaps only oil that should be used for high temperature frying.
There’s also numerous reasons why the vegetable oils in most people’s kitchens may be damaging their health and why a good avocado oil is the best replacement.
Psoriasis is a non-contagious, recurring skin disease with symptoms that include patches of rough, dry and scaly skin surrounded by a red, inflamed border. Areas affected often become cracked and painful with severe itching.
Psoriasis can occur in various places on the body and over 6 million people in the USA are believed to be sufferers.
The term eczema refers to a variety of skin conditions that lead to irritated and inflamed skin, often with severe itching, blisters and red rashes on the areas affected.
Eczema is particularly difficult to live with when it appears on the face. Other common areas for outbreaks include knee and elbow creases, wrists and ankles, chest, back, neck and scalp.
While scientists don’t seem to be certain on the exact causes of eczema, it is believed to be the combined effect of various dietary and environmental triggers, along with a genetic susceptibility leading to problems with normal skin barrier function.
Using avocado oil, both as a skin moisturizer and having it in your diet on a regular basis, can make a very positive difference to the appearance of your skin. But can it also help with acne problems and other skin issues like enlarged pores and blackheads?
Avocado oil can be beneficial to acne sufferers in three different ways. First nutritionally, secondly as a nightly moisturizer, and thirdly as a topical treatment to prevent acne and diminish blackheads and enlarged pores.
Looking around your local cosmetic store or supermarket, there is a wide variety of different face moisturizers. All of them usually promising deeply hydrated, younger looking skin (often at a significant price).
But look a little closer at the ingredients list and the petrochemical derived additives like propylene glycol, cyclomethicone, petrolatum and methylparaben may not sound so appealing. In fact, many of these are actually known skin irritants, but manufacturers still include them in their formulations.
As healthy as it is on food and as a cooking oil, avocado oil also has some amazing benefits for your skin when used as a natural moisturizer.
Ahead is a look at why an increasing number of people are finding cold pressed avocado oil much more effective than those petrochemical-based face creams.
Avocado oil benefits include very high levels of healthy monounsaturated fats, phytosterols and antioxidants like vitamin E. All of these nutrients would be likely to help better your skin tone over time when added to your diet regularly.
Can avocado oil actually help with hair growth and just what is in it that makes it so good for your hair?
Despite many websites giving a long list of vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fats and amino acids supposedly in avocado oil. And then giving reasons why all of these nutrients are responsible for its hair growth properties, the truth about using avocado oil on your hair is actually much simpler and more powerful.
First a little cleanup of some of the avocado oil hair growth myths out there.
Here are three beneficial avocado oil treatments for your hair to improve its strength and shine. There is no need to buy expensive commercial conditioning treatments when these are so easy to make at home, all from ingredients straight out of the kitchen.
Blend three to five tablespoons of avocado oil (depending on length of your hair) with three to five tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil and heat them in a saucepan on a very low heat until warmed to a comfortable temperature.
Avocado oil benefits your health in three main ways – through its superior fatty acid profile, high in monounsaturated fats; through its phytosterols, particularly the good levels of beta-sitosterol; and through its strong antioxidant content.
Ahead is a look into each of these 3 main health benefits of avocado oil and how it affects your body when you use it regularly, particularly as a replacement for harmful polyunsaturated cooking oils.
Avocado oil has a fatty acid profile weighted heavily towards monounsaturated fats. Typically, testing shows approximately 76% of the fat in avocado oil is monounsaturated, in the form of oleic and palmitoleic fatty acids.
The remainder is around 12% linoleic and alpha linolenic acids fatty acids (polyunsaturated and omega-3) and 12% palmitic and stearic saturated fats. Research studies suggest that monounsaturated fats are some of the healthiest to have in our diet.
Avocado oil is one of the healthiest oils to use in cooking and in salad dressings and other recipes. It is rich in monounsaturated fats, phytosterols such as beta-sitosterol and high in antioxidants like vitamin E, lutein and alpha and beta-carotene.
While it would be best enjoyed unheated to preserve all of the health benefits, avocado oil is also one of the most heat stable of all cooking oils. With an amazingly high smoking point of up to 520 degrees fahrenheit, it is far superior to olive oil for high temperature cooking and frying.
Despite all of its benefits for our health, avocado oil as a cooking oil is a very heat stable and one of the best possible oils for high-temperature frying.
Here’s why it’s worth changing from all those unhealthy processed oils, like cottonseed, soy, corn and canola oil, and even the healthier ones like olive oil, to avocado oil for cooking and frying with.
Is avocado oil better than olive oil in your kitchen and should you even be frying with olive oil or can this be dangerous?
This page looks at the differences between olive oil and avocado oil and just what makes the later superior for healthy cooking.
Like olive oil, avocado oil is one of the few cooking oils extracted directly from the fruit, rather than chemically extracted from seeds. Avocado fruit contains around 30% oil and it is extracted in a similar way to extra virgin olive oil.
Avocado oil is a very healthy cooking oil, with an extremely beneficial fatty acid profile, good levels of antioxidants and other healthy compounds. It also has a very high smoke point that makes it great for frying with.
Actually, in all of these ways it’s superior to the much more commonly used olive oil. Here’s why.