Good oils, good health.

Olive oil is popular and has health benefits but did you know rice bran oil and avocado oil are becoming more popular and have known health benefits?

What is rice bran oil?
Rice bran oil is the oil extracted from the germ and inner husk of rice. It is notable for its high smoke point (24*C) and its mild flavour, making it suitable for high temperature cooking such as stirfrying and deep frying.

What are the health benefits of rice bran oil?
Rice bran oil contains cryzanol, which is responsible for lowering (bad) LDL cholesterol without reducing (good) HDL cholesterol. Rice bran oil is also rich in vitamin E.

 What is the flavour like?
Rice bran oil has a nutty flavour which enhances the flavour of fried foods.
What is avocado oil?
Avocado oil has 75% monounsaturated fats, which are responsible for lowering cholesterol and 14% saturated fats, which are not beneficial for heart health. Avocado oil is “extra virgin” as it is produced by just a single pressing of the avocado flesh. Avocado oil has a very high smoke point of 255*C.
What are the health benefits of avocado oil?
Avocados have the highest level of beta-sitosterol of all commonly eaten fruits. Beta-sitosterol is a plant phytosterol which occurs naturally in avocados.

In a study, which was published in 1996 in the Archives of Medical Research, subjects who ate avocado every day for a week experienced an average 17% drop in total blood cholesterol. Moreover, their levels of (bad) LDL cholesterol dropped while their levels of (good) HDL cholesterol rose.

Recent research by UCLA Center for Human Nutrition in California reports that avocado has more lutein fruit. Lutein is a phytochemical or carotenoid that helps to protect against prstate cancer and eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

What is the flavor like?
Avocado oil is fast becoming popular with chefs for its light and nutty flavor. Avocado oil enhances the flavor of food. It is especially good for fish and chicken recipes. When preparing salads or vegetable dishes, pour over the avocado oil an hour before serving, to allow the oil to take up the delicate flavors and fragrances.

What is olive oil?
Olive oil is made from the crushing and subsequent pressing of olives. The word ‘lite’ refers to the light color, aroma, and flavor of these oils. Olive oil can be purchased as a spray which means that less fat will be absorbed into the food when cooking.

Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats, that lower bad (LDL) cholesterol levels. The FDA has approved a new qualified health claim for olive oil a day may reduce the risk of heart disease. Recent studies suggest that the heart-healthy effects of oilve oil are due not only to its high content of monounsaturated fats, but also to the high level of antioxidants.

Olive oil is thought to offer a number of other health benefits,. including reduced risk of some cancers (such as breast cancer), and reduced risk of diabetes. Although monounsaturated fats have the same kilojoule content as other fats, some research suggests it may be harder to put on weight from monounsaturated fats.

What is canola oil?
Canola is a type of edible oil derived from plants initially bred in Canada. The word “canola” was derived from “Canadian oil, low acid” in 1978.

Whare are its health benefits?
Canola oil is considered to be healthy because it is low in saturated fat, high in monounsaturated fats has a good balance of omega 3 fats and is a good source of vitamin E.

1 Comment

  1. Canola oil made from the canola flower? Thats totally incorrect and a bunch of crock!

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