82% of avocado oil sold in the United States is either rancid or mixed with other oils. Researchers at UC Davis even discovered three bottles labeled as avocado oil contained no avocado oil whatsoever.

Avocado oil is booming. Most of it is rancid.

Scientists analyzed 22 samples of commercially available avocado oil: 15 had gone rancid before their best-by date, while six were likely cut with large quantities of other, cheaper oils.

The waxing popularity of the avocado in the past decade—a boom driven by the appeal of its health benefits, as touted by highly effective industry marketing efforts—has led American eaters to smear the buttery fruit onto every surface of their lives. Avocados can be found on our faces and in our hair, in our ice cream and on our toast. (Some would say at the cost of our access to financial stability.)

Avocado oil, too, has grown in popularity, as a “heart healthy” alternative to other cooking oils, and an increasingly common substitute for butter i… Continue Reading (4 minute read)

13 thoughts on “82% of avocado oil sold in the United States is either rancid or mixed with other oils. Researchers at UC Davis even discovered three bottles labeled as avocado oil contained no avocado oil whatsoever.”

  1. The_Ry_Ry

    Here’s a [link](https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713520302449?via=ihub#!) to the actual study:

    “Our results showed that the majority of commercial samples were oxidized before reaching the expiration date listed on the bottle. In addition, adulteration with soybean oil at levels near 100% was confirmed in two “extra virgin” and one “refined” sample. These findings demonstrate there is an urgent need to develop standards for avocado oil not only to ensure the consumers receive high quality and authentic products but to establish a level playing field to support the continuing growth of global avocado oil industry. “

  2. LBJsPNS

    I stopped buying avocado oil because of this. You can smell it’s rancid as soon as you open the bottle.

  3. hat-of-sky

    This could be really dangerous, causing kitchen fires.

  4. Nocheese22

    Does anyone know of a legitimate trustworthy brand? I like to use avocado oil for searing off meat

  5. ilikeyoohoo

    Reminds that I’d love to know what wasabi actually tastes like.

    (I know it has nothing to with avocados.)

  6. lotis_green

    I really noticed this when I switched from the brand that Sam’s Club sells to the Chosen Foods one. When I would cook with the other brand in my cast iron, it would smoke even when the heat wasn’t on high vs. the Chosen Foods takes a lot of heat to make it smoke.

  7. tyco_brahe

    Costco to the rescue again. They only sell the Chosen Foods brand at my location.

  8. BostonGreekGirl

    How is this legal?

  9. Habaneroe12

    Someone needs to tell Sam the Cooking guy.

  10. ronflair

    FDA, are you listening? Anyone? Anyone?

  11. _CommanderKeen_

    Kind of annoying they don’t give the brand names. They only tested 22 brands as well, so the ‘82%” is from those 22 – not the total sold in the US.

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