Avocado oil, derived from the avocado fruit, boasts some unusual and uniquely healthy properties. Avocado oil is high in vitamin E and unsaturated fats and contains more protein than any other fruit and more potassium than a banana. Avocado oil offers a variety of purported nutritional and medicinal benefits, some of which have been confirmed through scientific research.
Avocado oil boosts absorption of carotenoids in your food, according to a study published in the March 2005 issue of the “Journal of Nutrition.” Fat-soluble carotenoids rely on dietary fats, but most foods that are high in carotenoids are low in fat. Enter the avocado. This fruit contains high quantities of unsaturated fatty acids as well as generous amounts of carotenoids. In the study, both high and low doses of avocado oil enhanced alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein absorption from a salad by as much as 15 times compared to a salad without avocado oil.