Lately, our focus has been on the benefits of oils.
So, we have put together this handy guide
To help you get to know your Sesame from your Sunflower oils
Pressed from Canola or Rape seed
Benefits: Canola oil has a unique fatty acid profile, which consists of low saturated fat and high mono-saturated oil.
It also contains Omega 3 fatty acids, which have been shown to be beneficial for reducing the risk of coronary heart diseases.
Edible uses: Canola can be used at high heat for frying or sautéing. It is mild and the perfect oil for salads.
Extracted from the husk of the coconut.
Benefits: There is a myth that coconut oil is rich in the type of saturated fat that is bad for you.
However, recent research has shown that it is composed of medium-chain fatty acids, which actually help to protect the heart against disease.
Edible uses: Perfect for adding flavour to curries, omelets, and stir fries.
Extracted from sesame seeds
Benefits: Full of lovely mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids, this is one of the healthy edible oils that helps to reduce bad cholesterol.
Sesame also contains Antioxidants and Vitamins E and B, which help to promote cellular renewal and healthy skin.
Pressed from olives
Benefits: A concentrated source of mono-saturated fats.
This oil has been linked with preventing cardiovascular disease and is also rich in Vitamin E, which helps to maintain optimal immune response and a healthy skin.
Edible Benefits: Along with canola oil, olive oil should be your primary cooking oil, thanks to all of its lovely, healthy benefits.
Cooking with different oils is a subject we discuss in greater detail here.
This oil is pressed from the seeds of the Safflower plant, which is a member of the sunflower family.
Benefits: Safflower oil is extremely beneficial for heart health, as it is rich in polyunsaturated fats.
It also strengthens the immune system and is a rich source of Vitamin E, a component for healthy skin.
This oil is pressed from soya beans – lookout for the organic, non-GMO variety when shopping for this oil.
Benefits: One of the healthy edible oils that are rich in Antioxidants and Essential Fatty Acids; this oil is really healthy as it doesn’t contain much-saturated fat and has no cholesterol.
Edible benefits: It has a neutral flavour, so it won’t interfere with other flavours in your dish.
Pressed from sunflower seeds
Benefits: Sunflower oil is low in saturated fat and supplies more Vitamin E than any other vegetable oil.
Edible benefits: The oil performs well when roasting or frying, but its mild taste means it is just as good in baking or salads.
These oils are all wonderful examples of healthy superfoods that are great for your skin, that are sourced directly from nature.
It’s a really good idea to incorporate foods that contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats into your diet, a strategy that will help your heart and improve your quality of life.
Follow the link, to find out about the type of good fats and bad fats