Let’s talk about avocado oil. You know, that greenish-gold liquid we generously pour over our salads and use to grill chicken because, well, it’s supposed to be a healthier option? Yep, that one. Turns out, we might need to be a little more skeptical when grabbing a bottle off the grocery shelf.
When “Healthy” Avocado Oil Isn’t So Healthy After All
So here’s the scoop. A study from the University of California, Davis, recently discovered that a large chunk—like 82% large—of the avocado oils on the market were either stale before the expiration date or mixed with cheaper oils. That’s a problem, right? We’re paying top dollar for this stuff!
Imagine thinking you’re giving your kids a healthy meal while you’re actually cooking with something else entirely. Some of these “pure” and “extra virgin” avocado oils turned out to be nearly 100% soybean oil. Not exactly what you thought you were drizzling over your family’s salad, huh?
Why You Should Care
Okay, let’s break it down. Avocado oil isn’t pocket change; we’re willing to splurge a bit because we believe it’s good for our family. Rich in vitamins, good fats, all the good stuff. But if the bottle is filled with oxidized or cheap filler oils, we’re basically throwing money down the drain. And that’s not even getting into the health implications.
Think about it. We’re willing to pay a little extra for our family’s health. But what’s the point if the avocado oil product is a dud? Plus, when you find out something like this, it makes you wonder about other so-called “healthy” foods. Are those organic fruit snacks really organic? You get my drift.
Navigating the Avocado Oil Aisle
Look, none of us have the time to become food scientists, but a few quick tips can go a long way. For starters, authentic, fresh avocado oil has a grassy, buttery taste. The color can be a good indicator too: genuine, unrefined avocado oil should be green, not light yellow.
And here’s a pro tip—keep your oil in a cool, dark place. If it starts smelling like stale play-dough, that’s your cue that it’s gone bad. Always aim for a bottle that’s closest to the harvest or production date, because “best before” doesn’t always mean “best.”
Wrapping It Up
Alright, folks, let’s get real. The market for avocado oil is a bit of a wild west right now. We’ve got to be sharp consumers, especially when it comes to stuff we’re giving to our kids. Be cautious, be curious, and let’s make sure we get what we pay for. Next time you reach for a bottle of that greenish-gold goodness, just remember: not all that glitters is avocado.
- Green, Hilary S., and Selina C. Wang. “First Report on Quality and Purity Evaluations of Avocado Oil Sold in the US.” Food Control, vol. 116, 2020, p. 107328, doi:10.1016/j.foodcont.2020.107328.