Is Avocado Oil the New Coconut Oil? Here, 3 Genius Ways to Use the Heart-Healthy Ingredient
And only one involves eating it.
Avocados might be one of the most idolized fruits to ever hit the produce stand. I get it—I don’t even want to think about a world without guacamole or avocado toast. Full of healthy fats, potassium, fiber, and vitamins, these vibrant green beauties are not only delicious, they’re an essential superfood. And while we’re used to consuming avocados via tacos or sandwiches, there’s another way to reap their incredible health benefits: hello, avocado oil.
Avocado oil is by no means a recent phenomenon, but some people might not know all of its benefits or why it’s such a great item to keep in your pantry. In addition to being nutrient-dense, avocado oil is considered to be a refined oil and has one of the highest smoke points. This means it contains minimal impurities and can reach a temperature of 520°F.
Just like with more common oil options, avocado oil can be used for sautéing, roasting, searing, and pretty much anything else you can think of. It has a very neutral taste, which makes it also easy to use in marinades, or homemade mayonnaise in place of vegetable oil. You could also use it as a base of a homemade vinaigrette since it has such a light and delicate flavor. And thanks to its high smoke point, you can crank the heat: it’s my go-to ingredient when cooking dishes like stir-fry or when grilling a steak in my cast-iron pan.
What'll you reap? Other than delicious flavor and texture, avocado oil is high in oleic acid. It improves your body's ability to absorb carotenoids (healthy antioxidants) in foods, meaning that when you have avocado oil with your meal you’re maximizing your body’s ability to soak in the healthy qualities of the fruits and vegetables you’re consuming.
It’s very likely that some of your skincare products already contain avocado oil. Experts say that the beta carotene, protein, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E found in avocado oil are great for keeping skin moisturized and can even protect from UV-rays. Look for products that have avocado oil in them or add a bit to your daily moisturizer. (Note that avo oil is moderately comedogenic, so it's best to avoid using it topically if you are acne-prone.)
When it comes to caring for your hair, any type of oil can help prevent breakage and split ends, but avocado oilputs in overtime. It’s known to help relieve dandruff and detangle knotty hair. Use it to massage and moisturize your scalp or add it to your conditioner for extra nutrients. If your hair is really dry, you can avocado oil as a hair mask, too.