This olive oil alternative is rich in healthy fats and skin-boosting vitamin E—only two of the reasons you should swap your go-to cooking oil for this superfood, stat.

By By Keri Gans
February 26, 2016

There are so many cooking oils on the supermarket shelves these days that it could make your head spin. (This breakdown of 8 New Healthy Oils to Cook With should help.) One new kid on the block, avocado oil, is worth taking a closer look at.

What Is Avocado Oil?

Similar to olive oil extraction, avocado oil is made by pressing the flesh of ripe avocados (skin and seed removed), and collecting the delicious liquid. The oil has a smooth, silky texture and a very mild flavor that compliments other foods without overwhelming them. Interesting enough, it doesn't actually taste like an avocado.

The Health Benefits of Avocado Oil

Just like the fruit it comes from, avocado oil is very high in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and vitamin E. Research has shown that MUFAs may help decrease risk for heart disease and lower cholesterol levels. A balanced meal that includes smart fats may also help keep you full longer, which is important for weight control. Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, helps to strengthen your immune system and may also contribute to healthy skin and eyes.

How to Use Avocado Oil

Avocado oil can be used anywhere you would use other cooking oils, like olive oil. Keep in mind is has a higher smoke point than olive oil, which makes it more suitable for high heat cooking like pan-frying, grilling, or roasting. Add avocado oil to salad dressings, use it as garnish for soups, drizzle on steamed veggies, pizza or bread, or sauté fish or chicken. It can also be used as a replacement for vegetable oil in baked goods or on popcorn instead of butter.