Avocado oil is a thick, greenish-yellow liquid with a rather pleasant mild taste, which resembles nut butter, and an original piquant smell. It is cold pressed from the pulp of an avocado, the fruit of a tall Laurel tree.
It is this technology that makes it possible to fully preserve all the properties of the oil, its minerals, vitamins, acids and other biologically active substances. Avocados were cultivated by the tribes of Central America about seven thousand years ago, and today this fruit is included in the diet of the poor Mexicans.
Avocado oil was exported as an exotic to Spain, England and other countries, where it was used for cosmetic purposes, because the natives of Latin America considered it an excellent skin care product that can protect it from the harmful effects of wind and sun rays.
However, the Native Americans also considered the fruit to be the strongest aphrodisiac, aphrodisiac, aphrodisiac, and women used the juicy pulp as the first food for children.
How to choose
It is best to choose cold-pressed oil, as high temperatures can destroy many of the beneficial ingredients found in the oil.
When cold pressed, no chemicals are used, so the oil remains extremely pure and natural. But cold-pressed oil is not suitable for everyone because of its rather thick consistency and intense smell. In addition, this product is quite expensive due to this processing method, although its benefits are well worth the money.
Refined oil, due to heat treatment with the use of certain chemicals, as a rule, loses its natural odor and color, acquiring a mild aroma and golden yellow hue. It is generally used in the cosmetic industry for skin care products. Compared to unrefined cold-pressed oil, refined oil costs much less.
How to store
Before use, avocado oil should be stored in the refrigerator for no more than 6-9 months or in a dark place at a temperature not exceeding 18 degrees. After each use, the avocado oil should be tightly covered and stored only in the refrigerator. It is worth remembering that when stored in the refrigerator, when the temperature is less than 5 degrees, a flocculent light sediment may form in the oil, which will disappear when the product is placed in a place with room temperature.
Now the light aroma and exquisite taste of avocado oil is used in cooking all over the world. So, it is added both to traditional dishes of Latin American, Mediterranean, and also Spanish cuisines, as well as for frying seafood, chicken meat, vegetables and fish. When heated, avocado oil does not have a burnt odor and does not lose its excellent taste. It is in perfect harmony with a variety of salads, soups and serves as an excellent addition to special baby food mixes.
Calorie content of avocado oil
Avocado oil, which has a high nutritional value and delicious taste, contains a lot of easily digestible fats, a variety of essential vitamins, micro- and macroelements and other biologically active substances, which is why it is ranked as a healthy dietary product. In terms of calorie content, which is 885.7 kcal, the oil is not inferior to chicken eggs and meat, and also surpasses most of the edible vegetable oils.
In terms of protein content, the avocado fruit is 2-3 times higher than apples, grapes, pears, citrus fruits, bananas, and in terms of the content of healthy fats it is simply the leader among the known fruits, second only to coconut. It should be noted that 30 percent of the fats contained in the oil of this fruit are unsaturated fatty acids that are easily absorbed by the body, that is, vitamin F (in terms of its content, this product is 3 times higher than fish oil).
Nutritional value per 100 grams:
- Protein, 0 g
- Fat, 100 gr
- Carbohydrates, 0 g
- Ash, 0 gr
- Water, 0 g
- Caloric content, kcal 885.7
Benefits of avocado oil
Avocado oil has powerful antibacterial, nourishing, moisturizing and regenerating properties. In terms of the number of essential fatty acids, this product is ahead of olive oil.
This product contains a high concentration of vitamins and trace elements such as sodium, calcium, potassium and zinc. Vitamins A and E are especially beneficial for skin and hair health.
Avocado oil prevents the early appearance of wrinkles caused by a lack of elastin and collagen, and also fights age spots.
Vitamins F, A, E, C and squalene regulate oxygen metabolism and blood circulation, reducing the manifestations of rosacea.
Avocado oil is used for daily care of the face and body skin, it is included in many masks, creams and balms, as it moisturizes the skin well.
The harm of avocado oil
This oil is considered to be low-allergenic, but before using it for the first time, it is better to do a test: apply a drop of oil to your wrist and assess the condition of the skin after half an hour. If redness does not appear, then there is no allergy.
If used too much on inflamed skin, the activity of the sebaceous glands can increase, which will worsen the skin condition.
Can be used instead of cream?
The fatty acids in avocado oil are similar to the natural fat of the skin. Therefore, it is easy to apply and absorbs quickly without leaving a shine. The oil can be applied with light strokes along the massage lines, removing the excess with a paper towel. Suitable for all skin types.
Recommendations of cosmetologists
Avocado oil is universal for nourishing the skin of the whole body. He saturates it with fatty acids and replenishes the lack of moisture, helping to reduce wrinkles, dryness. The product is suitable for the care of the delicate skin around the eyes, as well as for enriching other cosmetic products.
Like any oil, they need to be used with caution for inflammation of the skin. The oil is basic, so it can be used neat.
Avocado oil for hair, nails, lips
As part of hair care products, avocado oil not only nourishes and restores, but also promotes the regeneration of hair follicles, preventing negative phenomena in the hair structure itself.
The regenerating ability is especially pronounced on colored and damaged hair, as well as with a tendency to breakage and split ends. When applied, the hair acquires a natural shine.
By strengthening and accelerating nail growth, it also softens the cuticle. The active anti-inflammatory effect of avocado oil is manifested in case of any irritation and damage to the periungual fold.
The oil shows itself well in lip care, and it can be used not only in the composition of gloss or balms, but also in a pure, undiluted form.