Avocado Oil vs. Olive Oil: What’s the Difference, and Benefits?
Thanks to avocado oil’s high smoke point and impressive profile of fatty acids and vitamins, Nutiva Organic Avocado Oil promises to be a powerful addition to your routine.
Avocado Oil Benefits
Many culinary oils are great sources of fatty acids that increase HDL (good) cholesterol, especially oleic acid. This is an essential component to heart health.
A key detail setting avocado oil apart, however, is the impressively broad range of vitamins it contains.
Olive oil is a good source of Vitamin E and Vitamin K, but avocado oil boasts those two in addition to Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and a super-team of B Vitamins including B-6, choline, folate, niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin.
As a body oil, the high monounsaturated fat ratio in avocado oil makes it a great choice as a skin moisturizer and as part of a hair mask formula. It’s a helpful ingredient as part of a conditioning treatment and in the prevention of hair loss, and since it does a good job of absorbing into the scalp, you won’t have to worry about leaving any unwanted residue behind.
A sneaky benefit that’s too often overlooked? Along with soybean oil, avocado oil contains extracts called “unsaponifiables” which some studies have revealed to produce anti-inflammatory and pain relief effects in those suffering from arthritis. They may even help regenerate connective tissues.
What is a Smoke Point, and Why Does the Smoke Point of Avocado Oil
When cooking at high heat, extra virgin olive oil wears out its welcome faster than would-be chefs might like. That’s due to its relatively low smoke point -- defined as the temperature at which a culinary oil goes from shimmering to smoking, releasing harmful free radicals.
Unrefined olive oils can reach this point at 375 degrees. Nutiva’s 100% Pure Organic Avocado Oil, meanwhile, will keep on shimmering right up to 500 degrees. That’s a serious contrast, and quite possibly the single biggest differentiator between these two products when all’s said and done.
So, can you use avocado oil for frying? The answer is simple: absolutely yes! The same goes for searing, sauteing, and grilling -- in this regard, avocado oil has a level of flex that olive oil can’t match.
Ready to add this superfood oil to your rotation? Nutiva offers four varieties: 100% Pure, Extra Virgin, MCT Oil Blend, and Hemp Oil Blend. Whether your focus is on cooking, wellness, or both, there’s a Nutiva Organic Avocado Oil for everyone.
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