Coconut oil is well-known for its many benefits, but another oil is gaining popularity for its versatility and health benefits, and that’s Avocado oil.
Avocado oil is popping up as an ingredient in many healthy foods. People love it for its mild flavor in cooking and lack of scent in beauty recipes. It is the main ingredient in a new brand of Mayo that claims to be healthier than other brands and the cooking oil for some types of potato chips.
But is avocado oil really healthy?
Short answer: Yes
But there are some important things to understand about this healthful oil that comes from the “alligator pear.”
WHAT IS AVOCADO OIL?
Avocado is a unique plant oil with very specific benefits. Most plant oils are extracted from the seed of the plant, but avocado oil is extracted from the flesh. Most fruits are higher in carbohydrates and contain little or no fat, yet avocado is very high in beneficial fats.
Avocado is also unique because it contains more potassium than a banana and more protein and fats than any other fruit. Its meteoric rise in popularity can be compared to coconut oil’s surge in popularity, but nutritionally it resembles olive oil.
NUTRIENT CONTENT OF AVOCADO OIL
This lightly flavored oil is high in oleic acid, monounsaturated fats and Vitamins A, E and D. It contains decent amounts of magnesium and antioxidants, which most people do not consume enough of.
Avocados are one of only a few natural sources of the potent compound beta-sitosterol. This powerful phytosterol positively impacts lipid and cholesterol levels in the body. There is even some research showing that beta-sitosterol may inhibit cell division of cancerous cells.
The benefits of antioxidants are well documented, but avocado oil has a uniquely beneficial ability to penetrate cells down to the mitochondria and actually improve the function of the cell. This makes avocado helpful in reducing aging and helping the body fortify against illness and disease.
Avocado is not a typical allergen and fewer people are allergic to avocado oil than coconut or nut-based oils. For this reason, it is becoming a popular alternative in recipes and beauty remedies.
AVOCADO OIL BENEFITS
As you may imagine, the unique properties of avocado and its oil make it beneficial in many ways. These are some of the most well-documented benefits of avocado oil:
No food is a miracle cure on its own, but this oil seems like a great addition to a healthy diet. Many people love avocado and its oil for its health, skin and hair benefits.
Try it internally to improve the nutrients in food, since it may help absorption of other nutrients. Externally, it is great for skin and hair and is a multi-use skin remedy.
\\ Via: Wellness Mama