Are you looking for an alternative to unhealthier oils or simply want a different tasting alternative to coconut oil? Well, avocado oil not only has the highest smoking point of all plant-based oils, but it’s also one of the healthiest.
If you wish to find avocado oil, you should head to the cooking oils aisle of your nearest supermarket. There you will likely be able to find 8.5, 16.9, 33.8, 67.6, and 128-oz bottles of avocado oil. A bottle of avocado oil will cost you between $4.50 and $28, depending on its size and quality.
What Is Avocado Oil?
Pressed from fresh avocados, avocado oil is up to 25 percent fat and has the highest smoking point of all the plant-based oils (between 510 and 520 Fº).
The smoking point of an oil is the temperature at which it stops simmering and starts smoking.
Avocado oil has over 50 percent monounsaturated fat, making it less prone to oxidation than polyunsaturated oils, albeit still liquid at room temperature. This is not how it works with saturated fats.
It’s also worth mentioning that monounsaturated and unsaturated fats are much better for your health, and these are commonly found in plant-based foods, namely avocado, as well as nuts and seeds.
Avocado oil has also gotten popular because it’s a healthy alternative to regular oils, and it’s also something you can have if you don’t want all of your food to taste like coconut oil.
As I’m writing this, the large majority of avocado oil comes from Mexico, although the United States has also scaled up its avocado oil production.
How Healthy Is Avocado Oil Compared To Other Oils?
Avocado oil is a pretty strong alternative to most oils. To give you an idea— avocado contains about 12 percent saturated fat which is less than coconut oil, palm oil, cottonseed oil, peanut oil, soybean oil, extra-virgin olive oil, corn oil, and sunflower seed oil.
However, that is more saturated fat than grapeseed oil, canola oil, safflower oil, and walnut oil, so one can say that these few oils are comparatively healthier than avocado oil.
Allow me to also point out that avocado oil is also a good source of omega-9 fatty acids, the anti-inflammatory antioxidant vitamin E, and lutein, a carotenoid that has several benefits, especially related to eye health.
Therefore, in the grand scheme of things, avocado oil is relatively healthier than most oils.
What Stores Sell Avocado Oil?
There are generally two ways to acquire avocado oil — one way is to buy it via online marketplaces, and the other is to head to a grocery store (or supermarket near you), and acquire it there.
These are the stores where you’re likely to find avocado oil:
If you’re someone that prefers to shop online, then Amazon is the place to order from as it’s the biggest online marketplace in the world. One can question the company’s ethics, but it’s still the most convenient way to order products online, including food.
You’re able to find one liter of BetterBody’s avocado oil for $14.82, but you can also find Amazon’s oil available for $10.40, making it slightly more affordable.
Walmart is the world’s leading retailer and certainly the biggest and most widely available retail store in the United States. Like Amazon, they also have a variety of merchants that have avocado oil available.
They have their own brand called Great Value, as well as other brands such as Tropical Plantation, Chosen Foods, and BetterBody.
- Whole Foods
Whole Foods is mostly known for its organic merchandise and, at times, its sky-high prices. They have recently been acquired by Amazon, and are yet another place you can go to for natural goods, including avocado oil.
They also have a variety of brands available.
Deemed the biggest supermarket chain in the U.S, Kroger also has different brands of avocado oil, namely their own brand called Private Selection, Chosen Foods, Primal Kitchen, among others.
The second-biggest supermarket chain in the U.S is Albertsons, so like Kroger, this is the one that you’re probably gonna be able to find near you.
Albertsons also has brands such as Chosen Foods and Signature Select.
Safeway is owned by Albertsons and is another supermarket chain you can visit— they have just over 900 locations, so it’s another viable option.
Vons is also owned by Albertsons, and it has over 300 locations across the US. It mostly serves California and Nevada, so if you live around there, it’s a place you can visit.
Where to Find Avocado Oil In Grocery Stores
Like most oils, avocado oil can be typically found in the cooking oils aisle at the supermarket, and you’ll have it in 8.5, 16.9, 33.8, 67.6, and 128-oz bottles made of plastic or glass.
If you’re unable to find the avocado oil in the cooking oils aisle, another option is to check the health food aisle.
In the worst-case scenario, if you don’t have a supermarket around or your closest grocery store is limited, then I’d suggest you buy avocado oil online via Amazon or Walmart.
Does Avocado Oil Expire?
Yes, while it takes a long time for avocado oil to expire, it will get spoiled.
Avocado oil typically has a shelf life of 1 to 2 years and should last until the printed date. Once you open the bottle, unrefined avocado oil should retain its quality of 6 months, but the refined variety should last a few more months beyond that period.
You shouldn’t really use your avocado oil if:
- Smells bad. Avocado oil that gives off a stale, chemical smell is likely to be rancid.
- You notice a difference in texture. If you notice that its color and texture have drastically changed, then it’s probably spoiled. Slight cloudiness and crystallization shouldn’t be worrisome, so I would only pay attention to drastic differences.
- It tastes bad. If you can’t notice a difference in looks and smell, the next step is to evaluate the taste. If it has a harsh, acidic, or unpleasant taste, then it has oxidized and is no longer good.
These are signs you should pay close attention to because eating rancid avocado oil is not healthy.
Can You Fry With Avocado Oil?
Since it has a very high smoke point, avocado oil is definitely suitable for frying, however, since it’s a rather expensive cooking oil, it’s not really for everyone, particularly if the goal is to fill up a deep fryer.
In general, alternative oils such as avocado oil should be easy to find in the cooking oils aisle in most supermarkets, particularly in the US.
Also, given that it’s an “alternative” and healthier cooking oil, you should be able to find it in the healthy food aisle or even in a health food store.
Alternatively, you can order it online via Amazon or Walmart, as they will certainly have it— though as you may imagine, it’s gonna be more expensive if you’re making a small order.