Persea gratissima Oil; CAS# 8024-32-6
Avocado trees are native to Central and South America, and grow wild in Mexico, Peru, Brazil and Colombia. They’re grown in orchards throughout Africa too, with South Africa leading production at abou 120 000 tons per year. Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal enjoy good rainfall annually and are home to South Africa’s leading avocado orchards.
Is Avocado Oil Faithful to Nature?
Avocado oil is a natural ingredient with delicious food applications and skin conditioning benefits. It can be farmed sustainably in regions with enough rainfall and is ranked number 1 on EWG’s clean 15, low-pesticide foods.
Benefits: Why is Avocado Oil Used?
Great for the Skin
Avocado oil improves skin elasticity and reduces the premature signs of ageing.
Rich in Vitamins
Avocado oil contains vitamin E, vitamin K and many beneficial fatty acids.
An Oil, but Dry
Avocado oil is very rapidly absorbed, faster than almond and olive, giving it a luxurious, grease-free feel.
Good for the Heart
Avocado oil may help reduce LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol and increase HDL (‘good’) cholesterol.
Avocado oil can be found as a single ingredient oil for salad dressings and more, but it’s found a home in many body butters, balms, moisturisers masks and more.
There are a few different ways avocado oil is made, but they all start with ripe avocados. The fruits are depitted and skinned, since only the fruit flesh is used for pressing out oils. The pulp is then placed into a machine which spins the avocado pulp, separating and removing the solids. The crude avocado oil is then filtered once again to separate any remaining liquids. Some manufacturers dry the avocado fruit before pressing to eliminate this final step.
Avocado oil is rich in triglycerides of oleic acid and contains lesser amounts of palmitic, linoleic, and palmitoleic acids.
In 2018, the United States Food & Drug Administration issued a statement allowing “heart healthy” claims to be made on avocado oil products due to the high oleic acid content.
There are over 1000 different cultivated varieties of avocado.
Notice: The information provided here is not intended as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.