Whats So Special About Cold Pressed Oils?

ImageOil has long been misunderstood as the enemy of good health. But we must remember that when it comes to oil moderation is key. Oil is not all bad. In fact we require an essential quantity of fat in order to efficiently absorb the nutrients from our food. This is specially important when it comes to absorbing essential vitamins that are only soluble in fat and not water. These vitamins include Vitamin A, D, E and K. Culinary too, oil is considered as the flavor vehicle that absorbs and enhances all flavors and aromas in a dish.  So naturally, choosing the right kind of oil often poses a dilemma. A trip to the supermarket, however, often leaves us confused about the choice of oil to use. Several flashy oil brands promise health and well-being for our families. However, lack of real information often leaves the choice to a particular brand’s advertising budgets rather than facts.

It is important to know that what makes oil healthy or unhealthy, is not just the seed it is extracted from, but also the method of extraction. Did you know most refined oils are extracted using Hexane, a hydrocarbon also found in gasoline and industrial glue that is a chronic intoxicant?  Moreover, this is not the only chemical used in commercially produced cooking oils.

The other chemicals used in commercially produced oils are:

  • Sodium hydroxide or Sodium carbonate; otherwise used in detergents and drain cleaners
  • Phosphoric acid, Citric acid or Malic acid, diluted with water
  • BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole), a proven carcinogen, also used in cosmetics, rubber, and petroleum products
  • BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene) linked to child hyperactivity, as well as, cancer

Additionally, commercial oils are manufactured at high temperatures (between 440 – 485 degrees Fahrenheit or 225 -250 degrees Celsius) damaging their nutrition and creating harmful fatty acids and chemical modification that are not suitable for consumption.

So are all oils we eat nutrition-less saturated fats processed with harmful chemicals?

No. Cold-pressed oils are 100 percent natural and edible. They are produced using traditional extraction methods for producing chemical-free oil, while preserving their natural nutritional value and taste. No matter what oil you use, choose the variety that is cold-pressed to gain the maximum benefits.

What are Cold-Pressed Oils?

Cold-pressed oils are produced by crushing/pressing oil seeds and fruits with heavy granite millstones or modern stainless steel presses. The process is done with low-level heat, to preserve the minerals, vitamins and essential fats in the oil.  This process gives lower yield than modern methods but the oil produced is healthy and natural.

Are Cold-Pressed Oils Superior to Heat-Pressed Oils?

Definitely. Cold-pressed oils contain no chemicals. They are organic, full of flavor and highly nutritious. According to reports, cold-pressed oils promote strong immunity, protect against cancer and are good for cardio-vascular health.

 The Benefits of Using Cold-Pressed Oils:

  • 100 percent Organic
  • Chemical Free
  • Rich in Anti-oxidants, especially Vitamin E
  • Higher amounts of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids that promote cardiovascular and neurological health
  • Free of farm chemicals, hexane molecules and toxic trans-fatty acids.
  • Rich in other polyunsaturated fats, essential for fetal growth, brain development and cognitive and behavioral performance

Include the goodness of cold-pressed oils in your daily diet, for a wholesome and natural living.

Say Open Sesame – to Discover the Miraculous Benefits of this Unbelievably Healthy Oil

ImageJust as Alibaba opened the door to unbelievable fortune in the Arabian Nights- with one simple phrase- “Open Sesame”, you too can benefit from the distinguishing richness of the sesame seed, which is a treasure of nutrients.

Revered in alternative medicine as a healing oil since the Babylonians, it aides cardiovascular health, detoxifies body, fights ageing and strengthens bones. Cold-pressed sesame oil is a treasure of healthy fats, antioxidants and natural resistance. Sesame oil comes in two varieties- toasted and un-toasted. When sesame seeds are dry roasted prior to oil extraction, the oil is richer in flavor and darker in color. The other kind is the light golden variety, which has a milder flavor but a higher smoke point.

Sesame is packed with Nutrients

Nature has blessed Sesame oil with 3 really powerful compounds that are found nowhere else, namely – Sesamol, Sesamin and Sesamolin. Moreover, it is rich in omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, and other essential vitamins and minerals. However, in order to enjoy the maximum benefits of this power-packed healthy oil, one should use cold pressed sesame oil over the processed, supermarket variety. Cold-pressed oils are produced by crushing/pressing oil seeds and fruits with heavy granite millstones or modern stainless steel presses. The process is done with low-level heat, to preserve the minerals, vitamins and essential fats in the oil.  This process gives lower yield than modern methods but the oil produced is healthy and natural.

  • The Vitamin E and Sesamol, a unique compound in sesame, have been found to have fantastic antioxidant properties
  • Sesamin & sesamolin are cholesterol-lowering agents and protect the liver from oxidative damage
  • Zinc strengthens bones
  • Recent studies recommend sesame oil to Diabetics over any other oil.
  • Copper soothes rheumatoid arthritis pain
  • Calcium prevents osteoporosis, migraine and colon cancer
  • Magnesium supports respiratory health.

Cardiovascular Benefits of Sesame Oil

  • The poly-unsaturated fats in organic sesame oil restrains  hypertension and blood pressure
  • Sesamin, lowers blood pressure, reduces the formation and absorption of cholesterol- and so helps maintain cardiac health.

Beauty Benefits of Sesame Oil

Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, acknowledges sesame oil as an important healing oil.

  • Sesame oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which nourish and detoxify damaged skin and hair.
  • Oil-pulling with sesame oil promotes oral hygiene and rids body of harmful toxins.
  • Massage with Sesame oil for youthful skin as it counterbalances free-radicals, a major cause of aging.
  • Apply sesame oil on sunburns, skin allergies, dandruff and eczema to benefit from it’s anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.

Cooking with Sesame Oil

Derived from Sesame seeds, this oil has a distinct aroma and flavor that is slightly sweet and nutty. The virgin, cold-pressed variety is strong in flavor, and is almost essential in oriental cooking. You can use Sesame oil for sauteing vegetables, chicken and sea-food. Not particularly suited for frying, but you can sprinkle it over dishes, and salads before serving to add a lovely flavor profile. Still, cold-pressed sesame oil holds on at a higher smoking point than most other organic oils. This is due to the stabilizing properties of sesamin and sesamol that are naturally present in it. These compounds prevent sesame oil from going stale even when stored in the the open.