Small but Mighty - Amazing Avocado January 02 2014
We all know avocado is delicious (what goes better with football season than guacamole & chips!), but did you know the avocado packs an amazing nutritional punch? Amy Bowman, co-founder of Avohaus Avocado Oil, shares the scoop on this small-but-mighty gift of nature...
1) What vitamins and nutrients can I get from one serving of avocado and avocado oil?
Avocados are one of the most nutrient dense fruits on the planet, packed with more than 25 vitamins and minerals. Both avocados and their oil are high in potassium (more than twice the amount in a banana) as well as vitamins A, E, D, and Omega-3’s. Additionally, avocado oil has been found to have the highest concentration of monounsaturated fats, which are the “good fats” in our diet, which also help balance cholesterol levels.
An essential nutrient for bone and cardiovascular health, the magnesium found in an avocado is known to reduce migraines and prevent type II diabetes while the antioxidants and Beta-Sitosterol found in avocados help to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and block cholesterol absorption.
2) How is Avocado Oil made and what makes Avohaus so special?
Avocado Oils like this don’t come around every day. Avohaus is made from only New Zealand Hass Avocados using a cold pressed method allowing us to capture the flavor of the avocado in the oil just like the day it was bottled. We use 14 large Hass avocados in every bottle so it’s “packed with nutrients."
Avocado Oil production is a tedious process and requires unique steps to ensure air and light don’t come into contact with the Avocado pulp during the extraction process. Avohaus is the only producer of Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Avocado Oil who takes special care in the production and storage of the oil to produce this high quality best tasting product.
We use large Hass avocados and wait until the day they are ripe, just like you would eat at home, remove the skin and seed and cold press the flesh, retaining all 25+ vitamins and minerals of the fresh avocado in the vibrant green nectar. Our oil is also Raw, Vegan, and GMO Free.
3) I've heard avocado oil is also good for the skin, hair and nails. Is this true?
Absolutely! Did you know that Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Avocado Oil is a natural sunscreen of 8 to 15? Due to the high absorption rate the oil penetrates to the third layer of skin, moisturizing all three layers, which keeps the skin from burning. Cold pressed Avocado Oil retains all the vitamins and nutrients of the fresh avocado, delivering Vitamin E, Omegas, Sterols, and many other nutrients deep down to the third layer of skin providing a microbial layer of moisturizing protection. It’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, used to treat eczema & psoriasis, and as a natural treatment for diaper rash.
4) How do I know which avocado oil to buy? Can I also use the same for all my skincare needs?
Always look for an Extra Virgin Cold pressed Avocado Oil in a dark bottle…..never buy refined! When an oil is refined it has either been treated with heat or chemicals, which depletes the nutrients in the oil. Yes, when you find a good Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Avocado Oil like Avohaus, you can use it not only in your kitchen, but also use it for all your skincare needs as well. Avocado Oil is what we call a “Functional Food!" Remember, your skin is your largest organ, so you wouldn’t want to put anything on your skin that you couldn’t ingest!
5) What are some of the benefits of using avocado oil?
Avocado Oil has been used in commercial kitchens in Europe and Asia for quite some time now because of its versatility. It has one of the highest smoke points of any oil on the market. We call it a “Drizzle to Sizzle” oil because you can use it in a simple salad dressing or cook at high temperatures.
You always want to use an oil that can withstand the temperatures that you are cooking. Why? When an oil goes above its “Smoke Point” it burns and starts to form carcinogens. These carcinogens get into your food and ultimately into your body, causing inflammation, which is known as the root cause of many of our diseases.
Another great fact about avocado oil is that its “High Monounsaturated Fats” (76% compared to 69% in Olive Oil) not only help to lower cholesterol, but also allow 15 times more nutrient absorption from your food due to better digestion.
6) What's your favorite recipe that includes avocado oil?
Wow…that’s a tough one because I use it on everything! It’s amazing how much better your dishes taste when you finish it off with a little drizzle of Avohaus Avocado Oil. I love to top off my soups with a drizzle of avocado oil because it makes them so rich and velvety. I also roast my brussel sprouts in our Garlic infused, toss my salads in the Lime infused and make a homemade hummus with the pure, buttery Extra Virgin.
Back to my Southern roots, here’s an easy, healthy & versatile recipe that you can whip up in minutes!
3 cans Black Eyes Peas (drained)
7 Jalapenos (seeded and finely chopped)1 bunch Cilantro (finely chopped)
1 bunch green onions (finely chopped)
2 Tomatoes (finely chopped)
1 Green Bell Pepper (seeded and finely chopped)
1 Yellow Bell Pepper (seeded and finely chopped)
3 Avocados (cut into small chunks)
1/4 cup of your favorite flavor of Avohaus Avocado Oil
Toss all the ingredients together and serve! It’s great by itself, added to a spinach or kale salad or over a bed of Quinoa.
For more information about Avohaus or to purchase, please visit them at www.avohaus.com.