Avocado Oil – Where it Started

While avocados have been a super-food for many years, avocado oil is a relatively new discovery. Earlier methods of extracting and producing avocado oil were laborious and generated insignificant yields. As demand for avocado oil grew, modern extraction practices were developed for both food grade and large-scale production.

The development of modernized methods has allowed for a high-quality oil suitable for cooking and cosmetics. Cocavo’s  100% pure Extra Virgin Avocado Oil shows that this super-fruit can also be a super-liquid. Maintaining the same nutritional benefits of the avocado itself, avocado oil can play an abundance of roles in cooking, cosmetics, nutraceuticals, and much more.

They don’t call it a super-food for nothing. Avocado oil is packed with nutrients that can lead to a variety of health benefits.

1. Avocado oil is rich in Omegas 3, 6, and 9 – the good
2. A great source of antioxidants, our oil keeps your cells
healthy and happy
3. The anti-inflammatory benefits can offset unhealthy
food choices
4. Avocado Oil improves digestion, helping process food more

Here is a link to the 20 health benefits of Avocado that make it a super-food: https://africabuzzfeed.com/health-benefits-of-avocado/

Avocado Oil Benefits: Plant-Based Omegas

For decades, fats have been thought to contribute to poor heart health and obesity. In more recent years, however, there’s been a considerable push to incorporate more healthy fats into our diets as consumers begin to recognize the health benefits of these fats. With health and sustainability coming to the forefront of consumer food trends, plant-based fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are on the rise to stardom. Lucky for you (and us), both refined avocado oil and extra virgin avocado oil are excellent sources of these fats.

Omega 3

Polyunsaturated omega 3’s, commonly associated with fish and fish oils, are also key players in plant-based fats. Unlike the well-known omega 3’s that are found in fish (DHA and EPA), plant-based omega 3’s include Alpha-Linolenic Acids (ALAs) which are equally and uniquely powerful.

According to NutraIngredients.com, the benefits of these ALA Omega 3’s are often overlooked. Benefits include: “improved vascular tone, heart rate, blood lipid levels, inflammatory responses, blood pressure, and reduced hardening of the arteries.” Nuts, seeds,and avocados contain plenty of ALAs to keep your health in check.

Omega 6

Omega-6 is another powerful polyunsaturated fatty acid when consumed in proper quantities. Generally speaking, omega 6’s and 3’s should be consumed at a ratio of 4:1. When properly consumed, omega-6’s have been known to treat rheumatoid arthritis, treat breast cancer, and reduce body fat.

Omega 9

Unlike omega-3’s and 6’s, omega-9 is a monounsaturated fatty acid and is particularly prevalent in extra virgin avocado oil and refined avocado oil. Oleic acid is the most common omega-9 fatty acid and is praised for its health contributions in diets such as the Mediterranean diet, the Paleo diet, and the Ketogenic diet. Oleic acid is a super-fat indeed with health benefits including: reducing “bad” LDL cholesterol in diabetes patients, improving insulin sensitivity, and reducing inflammation. Replacing saturated and trans fats with monounsaturated fats is also believed to improve metabolic health.

These healthy omega fatty acids are amongst many other avocado oil benefits!

Avocado oil is also high in antioxidants and healthy fats. It has been shown to improve heart health while reducing cholesterol, and is even great for the skin and joints.

A couple of common FAQ’s

  1. Is extra virgin avocado oil good for cooking?

Yes. Due to the high smoke point, extra virgin avocado oil is perfect for cooking even in high heat recipes.

      2. What is the difference between refined and extra virgin avocado oil?

Extra virgin avocado oil is an unrefined avocado oil that is gently pressed, preserving the natural emerald green  color and delicious avocado flavor. Refined avocado oil is a cheaper oil that uses traditional refining processes to remove impurities from crude avocado oil creating a neutral oil that is great for high heat cooking.

If you want to try our nutritious Extra Virgin Avocado Oil for yourself, then jump on our website and start shopping or visit your local Countdown supermarket.