Introduction to the benefits and uses of vegetable oils.
They are so many types of vegetable oils we can choose from on a shelf of grocery stores today.
Beautiful variety of oils and fresh herb
I am always wondering which cooking oils to choose from considering all the different varieties the market is offering, this could be challenging, to decide which one is the safest for our diet?
Because I have been interested in a good and safe nutrition for many years. I decided to educate myself more on that topic, by doing some research. The results of this study I will share with you.
What is vegetable oils made of?
Vegetable oils are oils extracted from the seeds. Example: the rapeseed (canola oil), soybean, corn, sunflower, safflower etc.
But let’s go back to ancient civilizations
Vegetable oils had a great place in our early civilization for a different purpose, some people would believe the oils had the power to heal or spiritual belief.
The Egyptians had many sources of oil, but they preferred olive oil, which they used for cooking, lighting and as well as an oil for massaging the skin.
In Christianity Tradition, vegetable oil is the symbol of light, peace and healing power.
Oils create a bonding relationship between the light (sun) and the earth, as well as to uniting the vegetable world and the human being.
By using oils as food additives, or massages, they establish a beneficial liaison between the body, the soul, and the spirit
Vegetable oil as a combustible
Primitive lighting was used by ancient people, rendered animal fats, as well as vegetable oils, but vegetable oils burn much cleaner than animal fats.
As a natural lubricant to reduce friction between surfaces in mutual contact.
From the early 1650 BC, various oil,
Black Rapeseed, from olive, rapeseed, castor, beans, palm oil and wool grease were used as a lubricant until the early 19th Century.
Vegetable oils are drawing attention as a biodegradable alternative for the synthetic compound as they are less expensive.
The world market for environmentally friendly lubricant is going to grow exponentially in the coming years. The greatest demand will be in Europe, the USA, and Canada.
What is the purpose of vegetable oils?
- For healthier culinary preparation.
- For skin nourishment.
- Ingredients for the health of the brain.
- They are indispensable for our cells. But which type for our neurons ? for our cholesterol?
We know it is a good fuel for the body. These energies source called Lipid you will find in vegetable oils pure at 100%.
Lipids have a very high reserve of energies more important than sugar.
Choose the oils that contain fats and less Saturated fat since they are BEST for us.
I recommend not to use olive oil for cooking since the heat eliminates most of its beneficial properties. Use it for salad dressings, hummu
s, dips and many more cold preparations.
More about cooking oils
Are composed of three different types of fatty acids.
Olive and canola oils are considered mostly monounsaturated fat, while corn and soybean oils mainly contain polyunsaturated fat.
Select oils that contain less than 4 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon and no hydrogenated oils or trans fats. Please read the labels carefully for accuracy and provenance origin.
What are hydrogenated oils? It is the process in which a liquid unsaturated fat is turned into a solid fat by adding hydrogen. This resulting process is called trans – fat. This is usually used by the industry to help increase shelf life and save cost to food manufacturers.
Why is hydrogenated bad for you?
Because they contain trans – fat, which raised the LDL (BAD) cholesterol, lowers HDL (GOOD) cholesterol
The Government’s US Guidelines recommend that Americans
include a small amount of oil in their diets every day
to supply essential fatty acids, because the body can’t make these acids and thus must get from food.
They are two such fatty acids:
Linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid
To help you select some of the healthiest oils
Monounsaturated fat is generally better for people’s heart health than saturated fats. They have one double bond in each fatty acid.
Choose a vegetable oil when you want a cleaner flavor
and high- heat cooking.
Palm kernel oil.
Mostly rich in saturated and monounsaturated fats, with a very small amount of polyunsaturated fat present in it, these make palm oil a good option for cooking, in limited quantity.
Red palm oil also knew as virgin palm oil.
The unrefined form of palm oil is the best option as it is rich vitamin E, COENZYME Q10. Few drops over a fresh salad is a great flavorful addition.
Virgin organic Flaxseed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, omega 3 fatty acid ALA (ALPHA) linoleic acid.
Low and high heat
Coconut oil is the best when it comes to high heat cooking because is close to 90% of the fatty acids, saturated
This makes it highly resistant to heat.
Cabbage salad with extra virgin olive oil.
12 black olives pitted
Ingredients for the dressing
5-6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp lemon oil juice
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley.
Cut the cabbage in quarters, discard the outer leaves, and trim any thick, hard stem. Cut long, very thin slices, as finely as possible.
Place the shredded cabbage in a bowl and stir in the black olive oil.
Make the dressing
By whisking the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic, chopped parsley, salt, and pepper.
Pour the dressing over the cabbage, the pitted olives and toss well.
This information I provided to you is not intended to offer professional medical advice or treatment for any condition.
If you have any health problems or are taking any medication, you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to any change in your diet.