Cold Pressed Oil
Why Should You Choose Cold Pressed Oil?
For your holistic health, the oil you’re consuming must contain enough nutrition. Here’s where traditional oil extraction comes into play. Traditional oil extraction is described as crushing the seeds without any high heat application merely through pressure. The seeds and nuts are crushed at room temperature during extraction by using wooden pestle and mortar. Oil extracted from this technique is free from any preservatives and chemicals. This oil retains all the essential enzymes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega-3 and omega-6 which are present in the oil. These natural nutrients prevent us from diseases like cardiovascular problems, cancer, irregular bowel movement, blood pressure, diabetes, skin and hair problems.
We believe that not a single amount of food should be wasted and there should be zero wastage hence leftover oil cake is used as cattle feed. This cattle feed is very beneficial for animals.
Say No to “ Refined oils!”
Refined oils are processed at high temperature and pressures in presence of solvents like hexane. Along with this certain dangerous chemicals, degumming agents, caustic soda, acids, etc, are used in the process. In most of the refineries, this temperature is up to 230-degree centigrade. When seeds and nuts are constantly exposed to high heat they lose their nutritional value, aroma and flavours making it unhealthy for consumption.
The Whole Process of Oil Extraction Includes –
- Extraction at high temperature using dangerous chemical solvents like Hexane (a petroleum product) which leads to dizziness, headache, nausea, dullness, weakness, unconsciousness, abdominal pain and is a serious environmental threat.
- Degumming: In this process, chemicals and acids are used to remove the stickiness (gum) in the oil. This gum is nothing but natural vitamins and enzymes.
- Bleaching: Oil is bleached in the presence of high temperature and chemicals to give it a bright colour which looks attractive.
- Deodorisation: This process is done with steam (225-250 degree celsius) and acids to eliminate oil smell and chemicals which were used in the whole process of oil extraction.
- Preservatives like butylated hydroxyanisole, butylated hydroxytoluene, benzoic acid, nitrites, etc, are added for extended oil’s shelf-life.
The end product is oil which is appealing in terms of colour and packing, but not a healthy choice. Regular consumption of refined oil persists depositing chemicals in our blood stems resulting in serious health problems like skin disease, kidney disease, heart attack, liver failure.
- Polymerization is a process wherein oil starts converting into liquid plastic when exposed to high temperature. This is the reason why we are not able to digest fried food in refined oil. It is always advisable to avoid reheating the same oil twice. The more often you reheat it, the more it gets polymerized. But refined oils are pre-exposed to high heat up to 300°Centigrade, so refined oil is nothing but liquid plastic.
- Smoking point (162°C onwards) is the temperature at which any oil starts to burn and smoke. Oils which have a low smoking point break down quickly and produce chemicals which give unwanted bitter/burnt flavor to food. Oils with low smoking points are not recommended for cooking as they contain free radicals which are harmful to the human body. So the higher the oil’s smoking point, the more versatile it is.
What Are “GOOD FATS” ?
Yes, there are some fats in oil which are very essential for our body’s optimal growth and development. Monounsaturated (MUFA) and polyunsaturated (PUFA) fats in the oil are “good” for our body whereas the intake of more saturated fats (bad fats) gives you health problems like increased LDL cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, obesity and many more. The recommended intake of fat in our body is approx. 30% of the total nutrients from the food.
- Less than 7% of calories from saturated fat.
- 10% of calories from monounsaturated fat (MUFA).
- 15-20% of calories from polyunsaturated fat (PUFA).
Benefits of MUFA and PUFA
- Both MUFA and PUFA reduce the risk of heart diseases as they have good anti-inflammatory properties.
- MUFA lowers down LDL cholesterol and maintains the level of HDL cholesterol.
- MUFA and PUFA improve the blood vessels functioning and aids digestion.
- MUFA reduces blood insulin and hence controls sugar level in blood.
- Omega-3 and omega-6 in PUFA alleviate anxiety and depression.
- Omega-3 and omega-6 in PUFA help in fetal development.
Ordinary cooking oils and fats (Types of fat content – approx %)
Choose oils with low saturated fats (red) and a good mix of MUFA and PUFA (green)
Note- Coconut oil has 80-90% of saturated fats which helps increase HDL (good) cholesterol level and reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol into a less harmful form. By increasing HDL, it boosts heart health compared with many other fats.
Why Choose Cold Pressed Oil?
Oils which are processed with traditional methods (no high heat, no chemicals, no preservatives, no additives, no synthetic vitamins, no synthetic antioxidants) keeps the natural nutrients intact and deliver us immense benefits.
HealthyrootsTM brings you LIVE extracted cold-pressed oil with varying options like groundnut oil, mustard oil, sesame oil, walnut oil, etc., to ensure good health.
Benefits of Cold Pressed Oil
- Rich in natural nutrients (Enzymes, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals)
- Possess therapeutic advantages
- Retains natural nutrients, aroma, and flavour
- Chemical & preservatives-free
- Lower cholesterol level
- Extracted at optimum temperature
- Contains high antioxidants