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The most asked questions!
Answers to some of the most asked questions that we think you will find useful 🙌🏼I've got more questions!
What are the benefits of using avocado oil instead of vegetable oils?
Industrially produced vegetable and seed oils (think rapeseed, canola and sunflower etc.) are high in polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), which disrupt your omega 3 to 6 ratio (which is linked to inflammation and chronic disease).
It is estimated that our modern western diets have an imbalance of up to 16:1 ratio (16x more omega 6 than omega 3) and is something that has only been introduced in the past 200 years (more so in the past 40 years!).
Reducing your intake of these oils, by switching your cooking oils and avoiding sauces and condiments with seed or vegetable oils, you can help rebalance your omega 3 and 6 ratio to the much sought after 1:1 ratio.
You can read more about vegetable oils and why we recommend avoiding them completely here.
- Hunter & Gather bottled Avocado oil is cold pressed Extra Virgin standard. We do not use any chemicals or hexane to extract the oil and there are no chemicals used in the making of the oil at all.
- Avocado oil is high in Monounsaturated Fats – These are often termed ‘heart healthy’ fats as they work in the body to increase levels of HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol and lower levels of LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol. We all need fat in our diets, and the fats present in avocados are some of the healthiest around.
- Oleic Acid – A type of monounsaturated fatty acid that has been shown to lower blood pressure, protect cells from free radical damage and increase fat oxidation.
- Ratio of fats – Our avocado oil has an impressive fatty acid profile, consisting of 70% monounsaturated, 16% saturated and only 14% polyunsaturated fats. All oils contain a combination of fatty acids, but avocado oil has one of the healthiest ratios of fats with a higher monounsaturated fat percentage.
Can you use avocado oil for high heat cooking?
You can use avocado oil for high heat cooking.
Not only is avocado oil a delicious oil to drizzle cold on a salad, you can also cook, fry, roast and bake with it too.
With a high smoke point of 250C+, avocado oil is more resistant to oxidation when heating compared to rapeseed (smoke point of roughly 190C), sunflower oil (smoke point of 230C) and even coconut oil (smoke point of 232C)
Can you use avocado oil for baking?
You can bake with avocado oil and it makes for a super butter replacement for those with dairy allergies too.
If you need 100g of butter, you replace it with 100ml of oil - it's that simple.
Why would you use avocado oil on your skin as a moisturiser?
Avocado oil makes the perfect all natural moisturiser as it is packed with vitamin E, oleic acid and phytosterols and is low in PUFAs.
The oil itself can penetrate into the second layer of the skin (the dermis) and provide moisture support. Avocado oil which has been cold-pressed and avoids hexane or other chemicals is the perfect oil for moisturising.
Cosmetic grade oil is a lower quality oil and may have been extracted using solvents such as hexane - however is often a lot more expensive due to the way it is marketed.
What is the difference between pure, refined, cosmetic and cold pressed avocado oil?
Cold pressed avocado oil is the oil from the green flesh of the avocado which has been mechanically pressed, without the use of excessive heat or chemical extraction methods. The pulp of the avocado is normally ground mechanically with the oils being squeezed out. This has a lower yield than other extraction methods.
Refined avocado oil is avocado oil which may have been physically (naturally using water, gentle heat and pressure) or chemically refined using solvents such as hexane.
A physical refinement/processing is a useful process to remove chlorophylls and sediment without the use of chemicals - this is far more expensive than a chemical refining process.
However, many refined oils however use hexane or other chemicals to extract and refine the oils to increase yield - we absolutely do not condone this as there could be chemical residues left in your oil.
Physically refined oils will appear clearer in colour than that of extra virgin cold pressed standard and will have a more neutral taste profile.
Pure avocado oil, sounds as if it would be the cleanest of all the avocado oil types - however this is not the case as is typically a marketing term. Pure avocado oil has at least 98.5% refined avocado oil and the quality of the avocados themselves are not as important. This is a highly deodorised and filtered oil that is pale yellow in colour and is often used in the cosmetic industry.
Cosmetic grade oil can be cold pressed extracted and then filtered - however you will often find that the oil comes from the seed instead of the flesh of the avocado itself. This oil is intended for cosmetic use and the quality of the avocado is not important. The oil itself can be chemically refined using harsh solvents such as hexane.
When looking for a high quality avocado oil always choose a Cold Pressed Extra Virgin or a physically filtered oil without the use of hexane chemicals.
COLD-PRESSED EXTRA-VIRGIN AVOCADO OIL
A delicious buttery tasting, emerald green oil made from handpicked & hand sorted Kenyas Hass Avocados that would otherwise have gone to waste (due to being wonky or discolored).
Suitable for high heat cooking (255C), drizzling & dipping.