Food nourishes, energizes, and helps sustain our busy lives. Now, more than ever, we’re realizing the powerful role of food in relation to our health–whether it’s the power to prevent disease, or the power to keep our bodies functioning at their best. Avocados pack an especially powerful nutrient punch. While they’re well-known as a nourishing food, it’s only recently that avocado oil has become widely available on grocery store shelves. If you haven’t already embraced avocado oil, here are three reasons to make it a must-have in your pantry:
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1. High Smoke Point
Each oil has a specific temperature level at which it will start to smoke (known as the smoking point). An oil with a low smoke point is best for finishing dishes– think a drizzle of walnut oil over a salad–and not as ideal for actual cooking. Oils with a high smoke point, such as avocado oil, can be used for cooking over high heat. That means you can get them pretty darn hot to create that perfect sear on foods like steak. Consider using it in place of canola or vegetable oil in stir-fries, and for searing meat, pork, poultry, and fish.
2. Neutral Flavor
When using oil in cooking or preparing food, it’s important to know its flavor profile. Some oils are very fragrant and taste very much like what they’re sourced from. This works well for some applications, such as salad dressings or a final drizzle on food before serving. Other times, it’s important that the flavor is undetected so that the other ingredients can shine. Avocado oil is ideal in these circumstances because it has a mild, slightly sweet flavor. It’s a lovely choice for almost any salad dressing, marinade, and for general cooking. You can also try adding it to quick breads, muffins, and sauces.
Many of the same nutrients found in avocados are found in avocado oil. So it makes sense that this oil is super nutritious. It’s high in monounsaturated fatty acids, the healthy fat that helps protect against heart disease. It also contains Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that fights free radical damage and helps protect against disease.
Avocado oil is a nourishing oil to stock in your pantry. It’s ideal for many types of cooking and boasts a mild, sweet flavor that pairs well with almost anything. When it comes to purchasing, be sure to choose cold-pressed, as it’s a less-refined option. And if you don’t plan on using it frequently, opt for a small jar. To make sure you’re getting the best value for your dollar, make sure to select pure avocado oil (not a blend of avocado and other oils).
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