Why you should be using only Cold Pressed Oil
We’re sure you’ve heard about cold-pressed oils that are sitting on the shelves of several organic stores. If you think buying and consuming cold-pressed oil is just another fad, think again, because the nutritional quality of these oils is way higher than other oils. And no, their health benefits aren’t a myth.
- They retain the healthy antioxidants that are otherwise destroyed in heat extraction method.
- The natural flavour and odour is retained.
- Most cold-pressed oils are rich in vitamin E, which is good for our overall well-being.
- They have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- They are not refined, deodorised or processed in any way.
- Refined oils which are used most commonly in Indian households such as canola oil, sunflower oil, corn oil and others like soybean oil cannot be extracted through natural techniques. Since these oils are chemically extracted, they need to be refined, which aren’t good for our bodies as they are unhealthy.
- Refined oils when extracted give a higher yield than cold-pressed oil and have longer shelf lives.
- Refined oils are particularly bad for health - any oil that’s chemically treated is harmful to us. It may mean the oil was treated with acid, or purified with an alkali, or bleached. It can also be neutralized, filtered or deodorized. All of which require chemicals.
- These oils have several adverse effects on the body including impaired insulin response, increasing inflammation in the body and elevated blood triglycerides. When being extracted, these oils oxidise and turn into transfats which are bad for the body. One kind of oil that must be avoided are hydrogenated oil which is made by forcing hydrogen gas into oil under high pressure.
While cold-pressed has its own health benefits, refined, which is easier on the pocket have a longer shelf life. If you’re the health-conscious kind, you know exactly what to opt for.
You can purchase organic cold pressed oils from healthy buddha here.
Smoke point for different oils
Cooking Oils / Fats
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Unrefined flaxseed oil
Unrefined safflower oil
Unrefined sunflower oil
Unrefined high-oleic sunflower oil
Extra virgin olive oil
Unrefined peanut oil
Unrefined sesame oil
Refined canola oil
Semirefined walnut oil
High quality (low acidity) extra virgin olive oil
Virgin olive oil
Refined Safflower oil