Chronic inflammation is widely recognized today as the leading cause behind several chronic diseases – cardio vascular diseases, arthritis, gout, asthma, dementia and others. Among the choices we unwittingly make that increase chronic inflammation and disease risk on a daily basis are the refined cooking oils in our kitchens. Many of these everyday oils have been marketed to us as healthy but are in fact just the opposite.
There are three primary ways in which refined cooking oils slowly eat into our health and years.
- Refined cooking oils that get readily oxidized at normal cooking temperatures form a potent slow poison for your long term health. Oxidized oils form aldehydes/acetone that then go on to irritate and inflame body functions and organs from liver, lungs, heart, skin, and quite commonly brain thereby accelerating the damage to one’s memory, alertness, problem solving capacity, and increasing the severity and frequency of headaches, and probability of being afflicted by Alzheimer’s and old age dementia. We commonly attribute such developments to genetics and old age, while its the harmless looking cooking oil that’s quite often a key contributor.
- Heat processing – destroys health preserving and enhancing vitamins and phytochemicals.
- Chemical processing – dangerous residues left in oil.
Switch to Cold Pressed Oil to avoid such health problems and live a healthy life
Benefits Of Organic Cold-pressed Oil
- Unprocessed – No added preservatives and chemicals
- Absolutely free of pesticides (which are arguably carcinogenic)
- High in Vitamin E and micro nutrients that are vital for our holistic well-being.
- Completely free from Trans-fat.
- Retains antioxidants.
- As it is manually filtered, it is more viscous and retains the flavor fully. This helps in lesser consumption (at least by 20%) of oil as compared to the industrially processed refined oil.
Cold-pressed oils are not just limited to basic nutritional needs, but they have several additional health benefits. They belong to the category of functional products and contain several bioactive substances. Besides nutritional and health benefits, cold-pressed oils also enhance the skin and give a distinct flavor to food.
GOOD SOURCE OF POLYUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS
Cold-pressed oils have a nutty flavour and play a major role in cuisines. They are a good source of polyunsaturated fatty acids. They also contain Vitamin E and phenols, which help in lowering cholesterol levels in the blood, protecting the liver from oxidative damage and suppressing oxidative stress. Cold press sesame oils are the perfect example of these benefits.
RETAIN HEALTHY QUALITIES
During the production of refined cooking oils, high temperature is used, which destroys Vitamin E and beta carotene. Cold-pressed oils retain the healthy and nutritional qualities of oilseeds. Vitamin E has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Cold-pressing retains the natural, healthy antioxidants, which is otherwise destroyed by heat.
GREAT IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTERS
Cold-pressed oils are a rich source of oleic acids and they help boost the immune system. They also contain natural antioxidants which help reduce cell damage in our body. For example, cold-pressed coconut oil obtained from fresh and matured kernels of coconut sans heating is a good source of immune system booster. The antioxidants present in them prevent free radical damage.
HIGH NUTRITIONAL VALUE
Cold-pressed oils have high nutritional value and hence are highly recommended as an alternative to cooking. They are rich sources of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Besides, they also contain zinc and vitamins like vitamin A, C, E, D lecithin, and potassium. Cold-pressed oils also contain bioflavonoids.
Food cooked in cold-pressed oil has an inherent flavor and taste. This is because the flavor and aroma are not lost due to heat during extraction. The taste and flavor of the cold pressed oil blend well with the spices and hence is a good option for cooking.
As per skin experts, cold-pressed oils can be used as toner and moisturizer. They also act as a hair mask and make a good solution to frizzy hair. Cold pressed oils with aroma ingredients as well as vitamins and nourishing agents are best used on the face and neck. Cosmetic experts suggest cold pressed oil mixed with tint or foundation cream can be applied as a base during make-up.