Everything we consume has an impact on our bodies, both physically and mentally. This year it’s more important than ever to consider how we can have a positive effect on our immune health through the food we consume. In particular, we need to consider how every single ingredient in a dish may benefit our health, right down to the oil we use.
One of my favourite ingredients to use is Grove Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Avocado Oil. Thinking as far as the base of our recipes is something that is often overlooked, however, using a quality oil with known health benefits could amplify your meal’s taste and benefit.
Avocado oil is made from the beloved superfruit, avocado. Brimming with nutrients and antioxidants, the avocado is the only fruit that provides a substantial amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, with its high-fat content assisting our bodies’ in the absorption of essential nutrients. It’s known to have a positive effect on the metabolism, with studies showing that it can have anti-inflammatory properties and assist with weight management.
The list of health benefits associated with avocado oil is endless. Providing a great source of Vitamin E, avocado oil is excellent for skin health, helping to boost and heal skin cells while having positive antimicrobial effects. It is also said to have a positive effect on brain health, decreasing oxidative stress in the brain. Research has found that it can also be particularly beneficial for promoting cardiovascular health, helping to reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
Avocado oil is rich in an antioxidant named Lutein, known to have particular benefits for eye and skin health. Some studies have found it can be beneficial for protecting the body from harmful UV rays. Furthermore, the high concentration of carotenoids found in avocado oil can have anti-carcinogenic properties. It also has a high smoking point, ensuring that you’re maintaining the quality benefits of the avocado oil when cooking.
It’s incredible to think that the consideration of something as small as the oil that we consume can have such tremendous health benefits for our bodies. Working together to reduce stress on specific areas of your health, the antioxidants in avocado oil can improve your immunity naturally, as nature intended.
While it may seem as simple as putting down your regular bottle of oil at the supermarket and picking up the first avocado oil bottle you see, I encourage you to take a step further to ensure you’re getting a quality oil that will give you more! It has always been my philosophy to look at absolutely everything we put in our bodies. So, it is just as important to always read the back of the packaging to make sure you’re choosing a 100% natural avocado oil option for maximum cooking and health benefits. With 16 cold-pressed avocados in every bottle, Grove Avocado Oil is as distinctive for its health benefits as it is for its exquisite taste!
Here are some of my favourite recipes using avocado oil:
Crispy Potato Pancakes
The World’s Healthiest Chocolate Cake
Savoury Vege Muffins