A few years ago, “avocado oil” would have sounded like what’s left at the bottom of the guacamole bowl. Now, it’s become of the hottest cooking oil around.
But you might want to hold off on following the flock on this one for now. Because while avocado IS healthy… and so is the oil… there’s a BIG problem with most of what’s for sale at your local supermarket.
It turns out it’s likely not what it seems.
And when you find out what’s REALLY in your trendy bottle of “avocado oil,” you might want to throw your guacamole in the face of the con artists selling this stuff.
The imposter hiding in your avocado oil
It seems like the moment something becomes popular, someone sets out to ruin it for the rest of us. And it looks like avocado oil is no different.
Avocado oil sales have shot up as studies show that unlike many other plant oils, it won’t gum up your arteries. In fact, just like olive oil, this fruit oil might help protect you against heart attack and stroke.
Well, at least, that’s what the REAL DEAL oil promises.
The problem is, very little of what you find on supermarket shelves is the “good stuff” anymore. Because the scam artists have arrived to take advantage of the growing popularity of avocado oil.
They’re cutting corners by cutting it with cheaper oils. Some of it’s contaminated. Some of it’s oxidized. And some of it’s just plain rancid.
Shockingly, more than 80 percent of the nearly two dozen domestic and imported avocado oil samples flunked tests in a new study.
Six of them didn’t even bear a passing resemblance to avocado oil. Instead, the bottles were filled with close to 100 percent OTHER oils, including three that were cheap and unhealthy soybean oil.
Fifteen were oxidized before the expiration date. And oxidation removes both good flavor AND the healthy compounds you’re paying extra for.
Don’t drop hard-earned cash on bad oils
Typically, this is the point where I would say something like “be a smart shopper.” I might advise you to “go online and research the brands.” Or I maybe would even suggest you “stick with a maker you trust.”
But with a fail rate north of 80 percent, I’m not sure how much help that’s going to be.
The study did conclude that Calpure was the best of the virgin oils tested. So if you want to continue to use avocado oil, you might want to see if you can find that brand locally.
Two refined avocado oils also passed the tests too Chosen Foods and Marianne’s Avocado Oil. But I typically I wouldn’t suggest using refined oils.
Here’s a better idea. If you like avocado, and what it can do for your health, go straight to the source instead. And add some fresh avocado to your salads and meals.
But when it comes to avocado oil, either buy something from a local producer where you know, there’s no funny business or just pass on it for now. It’s better to wait until the industry gets some more rigorous standards and better testing.
Until then, stick to what you know is good. In the past, extra virgin olive oil also had some issues with cheaper brands being cut with other oils.
But the industry has cleaned up its act a lot since then. Plus, it’s much easier to go online and do a little olive oil research to see which ones are more reliable and have passed the purity tests.