Heart-healthy, and rich in antioxidants, avocado oil can be the perfect choice for you and your dishes! Chosen Foods explains how and why their specially processed oils are safe, natural and mmmm-mmmm good for you. I spoke with Natalie Morse, Online Marketing Manager for ChosenFoods, Inc. Here’s what she had to say followed by my GIVE-AWAY!
Q: Can you briefly share some information about your company and your product.
We are Chosen Foods and we sell a naturally refined avocado oil with a tested smoke point of 520 degrees. We use 18-20 Hass avocados in each bottle, producing an oil with the ideal fat profile and teeming with antioxidants. Not to mention, avocado oil has been linked with helping to control blood sugar and lowering cholesterol. Our goal is to get every bottle of chemically processed and rancid vegetable/canola oil out of kitchens and replace it with Chosen Foods avocado oil!
Q: Smoke point of 520 degrees! – This means it is ideal for grilling, baking, saute´ing… correct?
A: Yes! Almost any application where you would typically use vegetable oil or olive oil are great places to substitute avocado oil. Grilling is our favorite way to use the oil right now. They reach such high temps in there, but the high smoke point of avocado oil (compared to around 350 degrees for most olive oil) protects the food from free radicals and toxins that can develop when an oil burns. Using it as a replacement for vegetable oils in all applications is a great way to get those high processed and chemically refined cooking oils out of your diet.
Q: When using this oil, does the avocado flavor come through (or is it more subtle)?
A: Our oil is naturally refined, meaning that its gone through a mechanical process to remove any impurities that are left after the expeller process. The impurities in the oil are what give it color and flavor. As a result, our avocado oil has a very mild flavor and color.
Q: The extraction of impurities is important for keeping the oil fresh and free of rancidity. I would guess in order to preserve the antioxidants, it would have to be done without the use of extreme heat. Is that correct?
A: Absolutely. One of the biggest health detriments of other refined high smoke point oils (canola, soybean, sunflower, safflower, peanut or grape seed) is that they are processed using extremely high heat, over 500 degrees usually. Any nutrients that may have been in the oil are destroyed in temperatures that high. Our avocado oil is process at temps below 350 degrees, well below what is considered safe for nutrient preservation. Using low-heat methods also protects the fatty acid profile of the oil, preventing oxidation and rancidity. Light, heat, air and impurities in the oil all contribute to how quickly the oil spoils and turns rancid.
Q: What makes this oil special? Olive oil can also be a heart-healthy choice.
A: We think what makes this oil special is its combination of health properties, high smoke point and versatility. Vegetable oils are not healthy. Between the chemicals and solvents used to extract the oil and the high heat processing, what you wind up cooking with is doing nothing for your health – in most cases its acting as a detriment. Olive oil is a healthy alternative, but it doesn’t have anywhere near the smoke point that people are looking for when searing, stir-frying or grilling at high temps. It’s also not always suitable for baking or in dressings and marinades because of its strong flavor.
Our naturally refined avocado oil is the solution. With its high smoke point – its perfect for high heat, without the junk in other high heat oils or the risk of developing trans-fats from burnt oil. Its mild flavor is subtle enough for use in baked goods, dressings and sauces. You get the same mono-unsaturated, heart healthy benefits as olive oil, tons of antioxidants, alpha and beta-carotene and beta-sitosterol, phytochemicals important for lowering LDL cholesterol.
Q: What are some of your recommendations for using this specialty oil?
A: We like to use it for homemade mayo, as a marinade base for anything going on the grill and with a little lemon juice and garlic for a light salad dressing.
A: Yes. As I mentioned above, the stability of the fatty acids in the oil is affected by light, heat and air. Store it in a cool, dark place – the fridge even – and always secure the lid tightly after using.
Q: Other specialty oils can be quite expensive. How are you able to keep your product so reasonably priced?
A: Chosen Foods is committed to bringing healthy, functional foods to people at reasonable prices. Part of why we are able to do this, is our commitment to our farmers and the exclusion of a middle-man. We purchase our avocados directly from these farmers and process, bottle, package and ship the oil ourselves. There is never a point where the product is out of our control. Because of this, we are able to offer a product at significantly lower prices than our competitors.
Q: Any thing you want to add?
At Chosen Foods, we’ve done substantial testing on our products to verify nutritional density, purity and smoke point. Because avocado oil is a fairly new product to the culinary scene, there seems to be some misinformation out there about it. A number of places will list the smoke point of any avocado oil as being above 500 degrees. This is not true. Avocado oil can absolutely have the highest smoke point of any natural oil, but it has to be refined. Virgin avocado oils do not have 500 degree smoke points, even though they may be advertised as such. We have done independent testing on a number other avocado oil’s available and average smoke point of virgin, unrefined avocado oils are between 340-385 degrees. These oils, while containing great nutritional value, should not be used for high heat cooking.
Thank you Natalie for this great info.!
….and now onto our GIVE-AWAY!!
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