If you think all vegetable oil is created equal, think again.

In fact, if you’re using the wrong oils in your cooking, you could be aging faster than you should, developing serious hormonal problems, “gumming” up your pipes, and even encouraging cancer.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of the healthiest oils you can eat – avocado oil.

Here are four good reasons to stock up on this age-defying ingredient:

  • Trim your tummy. Avocado oil is one of the richest sources of monounsaturated fats on the planet. These healthy fats help lower insulin (aka, the fat storage hormone) and help reduce belly fat.
  • Saute safely. Thanks to having a flashpoint of 500 degrees F, this full-flavored oil is excellent for cooking at high temperatures.
  • Up your antioxidants. Avocado oil enables your body to absorb 17 times more carotenoids – the powerful antioxidants that give your salad its vibrant green, yellow, and red colors and guard your cells from free radical damage.
  • Guard your vision. Avocado oil has twice as much lutein as olive oil. Lutein is a nutrient that provides strong protection against macular degeneration – the leading cause of blindness.

With so many delicious uses – and so many reasons to use it – you need to make this “miracle” oil a mainstay in your healing kitchen. Look for the Olivado brand at Target.

[Ed Note: Most so-called “healthy” oils are loaded with free radicals, just waiting to be drizzled on your salad so they can attack your DNA. But if you’re a savvy shopper, you can spot them from a Texas mile. Kelley Herring’s new book, Your Plate, Your Fate, will show you how.]

Kelley Herring

Kelley Herring is the Founder & CEO of Healing Gourmet – a multimedia company that educates on how foods promote health and protect against disease. As a young adult, Kelley battled a debilitating health condition that went misdiagnosed by multiple doctors for more than a year. Finding no help from “modern medicine”, she turned to her own knowledge of biochemistry and her passion for health research. She soon learned that her symptoms were related to nutrition and within weeks, she charted a course back to health with nothing more than simple lifestyle changes and the power of the plate. The lessons she learned spawned the creation of Healing Gourmet. Kelley is a firm believer in vigorous exercise, moderate sun exposure and delicious, healthy, home-cooked meals. She is also the creator of Healing Gourmet’s Personalized Nutrition Software and Editor-in-Chief of the Healing Gourmet book series published by McGraw-Hill including Eat to Fight Cancer, Eat to Beat Diabetes, Eat to Lower Cholesterol and Eat to Boost Fertility.