Answer:

Avocado oil provides similar amounts of heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats as olive oil, making both more heart-healthy alternatives to fats and oils with higher levels of saturated fats. Avocado and olive oils differ in terms of other compounds, such as polyphenols, sterols, vitamin E, and lutein, and there is much more clinical research to-date with olive oil than avocado oil. In addition, a study by UC Davis researchers found the majority of popular avocado oils they tested were stale or mixed with other oils, including two that were found to be almost 100% soybean oil. Get the details in the full answer >>

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Janet20768
August 19, 2020

Please test Trader Joes avocado oil.

Carol20346
July 8, 2020

Please test the Avocado Oil Spray made by La Tourangelle. Thank you.

John20316
July 6, 2020

Interesting. Last year I bought some Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil and quickly became convinced that it was rancid. And nowhere near the exp. date.

Farida20280
July 1, 2020

Please test Olivari brand of avocado oil sold at Sam's Club - it has the best price on the market and I've been using it for years.

Elaine20825
August 29, 2020

I have been using this oil, but wonder why it is shipped from Mexico to Italy to be bottled. Seems strange to do so.
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Dan20264
June 28, 2020

Please add Costco Avocado Oil to your next test.
Thanks for all you do,
Dan

Corinne20608
August 16, 2020

Yes! Please include the Chosen Foods’ Avocado Oil that is sold at Costco.

Karen20261
June 28, 2020

Please test Chosen Foods avocado oil.

Ron20375
July 12, 2020

Yes, please test Chosen Foods

Lisa20258
June 26, 2020

Please include avocado oil sprays as well since many people cook with these. And thank you for everything you do at Consumer Labs, what a great resource you are!!

David20250
June 25, 2020

Please test the Costco and Simply Nature(Aldi) brands of Avocado oil. These are probably the widely distributed brands and ones I have used, thank you.

Corinne20265
June 28, 2020

Yes please Costco avocado oil

ann20400
July 15, 2020

Ditto on Costco

Rachel20240
June 24, 2020

I had thought avocado oil must be 'refined" to some extent ("dedorization"), or it turns dark. I don't understand how some labels can claim to be unrefined, organic, cold-pressed etc.

ConsumerLab.com
July 7, 2020

Not all avocado oil has been refined or deodorized. Cold-pressed avocado oil is unrefined and retains much of the flavor and color of avocado fruit. Virgin and extra virgin avocado oil has been extracted mechanically at low temperatures (without chemical solvents), while “pure” avocado oil has been decolorized and deodorized, and therefore is generally has a lighter color and taste.

G20238
June 23, 2020

Please test Olivado brand! This brand seems to meet most criteria that consumers would look for in terms of quality: It is cold-pressed, extra virgin, and comes in a dark glass bottle.

Dennis20255
June 26, 2020

I agree! It should be tested

Amy20230
June 22, 2020

I would like to know if this concern also applies to mayonnaise made from avocado oil. Any idea?

ConsumerLab.com
June 22, 2020

This would depend on the quality of the avocado oil used to make the mayonnaise. We are not aware of any studies or tests of the oil quality in avocado-based mayonnaise.

Gina20217
June 21, 2020

Would appreciate a review of avocado oil based mayonnaise . Thank you

lynn20236
June 23, 2020

I would love to see such a review also, thank you for suggesting.

Evelyn20270
June 30, 2020

Definitely add the avocado mayos. And all products by Primal Kitchen. Thanks.

Robin18408
September 19, 2019

Have been reviewing EVOO versus Avocado Oil, and have not seen any mention of one very important consideration---
The Environmental Working Group lists Avocados as Number One on their Clean 15 list, having found less than 1% of samples with any detectable pesticides. Haven't much researched pesticides on Olive Oils, but Olive Oil Times makes a very general statement that organophosphates are being used to control fruit flies on olive trees.
If there is an appreciable difference in pesticide residues, shouldn't this be a consideration as well?
Also, although this can be a problem with avocado oil as well, there is the famous UC Davis studies of 2010 and 2011, the latter one showing that the 5 top brands of EVOO failed standards for EVOO 73% of the time. Guess the point is research brand of either carefully!

Alan17368
December 10, 2018

The more I read about oils, the more sense I see in Joel Fuhrman's insistence that fats are best eaten as whole foods, rather than as extracted oils. Extract the oil from avocados and you lose many of the benefits of the whole fruit.

So, instead of fried tortilla chips, enjoy soft, warm, fresh tortillas with guacamole and salsa.

Having said that, occasionally, for a memorably delicious treat, fry those tortillas in freshly-rendered pork fat, then dip in salsa.

Ellen20239
June 24, 2020

I'm with you all the way!

Paul17355
December 9, 2018

When you say there are no safety concerns about avocados, could you please address this study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=20859823. It seems they haven't seen this kind of genotoxicity when this same experimental procedure was done with olive oil.

There are also warnings for women with certain types of breast cancers not to consume avocados--a warning I would think should apply to the use of avocado oil.

Also, it seems that most of the pro-avocado oil studies have been funded by the avocado industry. I love using avocados, but it seems we should be taking these other factors into account.

ConsumerLab.com
December 26, 2018

Hi Paul - We've added information about this study to the Safety section in the Answer above.

Some websites suggest avoiding foods high in folate (such as avocado fruit) because a study found an association between high blood levels of folate and an increased risk of breast cancer in women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=20859823); however, avocado oil does not appear to contain folate (https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173573/nutrients).

Marjorie17336
December 5, 2018

We are told not to eat corn in any form, unless it's organic. It's either GMO or sprayed with pesticides. Could you test "organic blue corn chips" for pesticides, even though it says it is organic? They are becoming a very popular substitute for potato chips or corn chips. All my family thanks you for your efforts.

Marjorie

Connie17344
December 5, 2018

I love the organic blue corn chips with my favorite hummus but was dismayed to see that both used canola oil in their ingredients. So close yet still not there...

Kathleen17348
December 6, 2018

Corn is a long time staple in Southern Hemisphere countries, both Africa and So. America. It's also reportedly when fresh one of the lowest pesticide vegetables from what I've seen. Frito Lay corn chips if I remember correctly are non-GMO aren't they? I think Frito went non-GMO. Corn is a good food in the winter as it has a "peppy" quality being yellow and storing some good sunshine for our use. Last night I had a quicky meal - 2 pan seared heated corn and lime tortillas, then spread with guacamole and lima beans (cooked with brussell sprout shreds) rolled up like small enchiladas. The side was good too - brownie chunks and berries - with cinnamon topping. In the South of the US corn has always been popular in breads and also just mixed with beans.

Kathleen17349
December 6, 2018

Canola oil I've heard has some "toxic" qualities. It isn't recommended for daily use for instance by Dr. A. Weil in one of his books. But it's in so many chips and things. I make my own chips just by pan searing bread and tortillas in a bit of water on a hot pan. Thus no worry about added oils. I cut the bread slices into long strips first and toss them around until browned, the tortillas I heat first and then slice or roll them up to dip. Dips are really popular in my house for carrots and apple slices too. We always have two or three in house. All beans when mashed and with some water or juice or tea added can be stirred into a "dip" for all seasons, or a sauce too over rice and grains.

Connie17350
December 7, 2018

Hummus is super easy to make at home. It requires few ingredients, just throw it in food processor and done. The taste is superior to store bought. If you make it at home you can use high quality olive oil.

Conni17354
December 9, 2018

Possibly you could do this with cornmeal as well - Maybe test for glyphosate?

Frances17364
December 9, 2018

Is extra virgin avocado oil processed the same way as EV olive oil? Mechanically pressed right after harvest? I've always heard that avocado oil needs to be deodorized and otherwise heavily processed with chemicals - not true? It would also be an expensive oil to use in chips....

ConsumerLab.com
December 27, 2018

Hi Frances - We've added information about how extra virgin avocado oil is produced to the Cooking and storage section in the Answer above.

ConsumerLab.com
January 17, 2019

Hi Kathleen - Thank you for sharing this. We've posted a CL Answer about canola oil here: https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/is-canola-oil-good-or-bad-for-heart-health/canola-oil/

Mindi17333
December 5, 2018

I use avocado oil when the oil will be heated. I think it is safer when cooking at high temperatures. I prefer olive oil for salads and other cold foods. Is this information correct?

ConsumerLab.com
December 10, 2018

Hi Mindi - We've added information about cooking with avocado oil versus olive oil in the Answer above.

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