The Best Oils to Eat for Your Health
For decades, people have been discouraged from using fats, but there is plenty of good evidence showing that ‘good fats’ are very beneficial.
Here is a rundown on the best oils and their benefits:
It is well established that olive oil is an excellent heart healthy food.
Research among people on a healthy diet showed a 30% reduction in heart disease risk in those that ate olive oil regularly.
Choose extra virgin olive oil and use in salad dressings or drizzle over pizza, pasta and vegetables.
PUMPKIN SEED OIL
Studies demonstrate that pumpkin seed oil can actually promote hair growth, even in people suffering from male or female pattern baldness.
You can take internally by adding to a salad dressing or mixing into a smoothie. Alternatively, you can massage into scalp to nourish hair follicles.
Hempseed oil contains vitamin E and essential fatty acids omega 3 and 6. It is particularly good for dry skin problems and for reducing the effects of aging on the skin.
Eating hempseed oil can significantly improve dryness and itchiness in people suffering from atopic dermatitis. You can also use hempseed oil topically to reduce dryness.
Hempseed protein powder is a useful addition to your daily diet, as it contains all the amino acids you need to maintain muscle, plus it provides a significant amount of fatty acids to improve the condition of your skin and hair.
Try Tony Sfeir’s Organic Hemp protein powder from our online store.
Avocado oil contains plant sterols, which help to lower cholesterol and, similar to pumpkin seed oil, can improve hair growth and thickness.
While coconut oil contains active ingredients which are antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal.
Being a predominantly saturated fat, coconut oil is solid at cooler room temperatures, making it ideal for use in raw food recipes.
Because of its more viscous texture coconut oil is often used for oil pulling, where it is used in the mouth to draw out toxins, debris and bacteria that may damage teeth and gums.
OIL PULLING HOW-TO
1. Start with a very small amount of coconut oil i.e less than a teaspoon, for the first few days, until you get used to the feel of oil in your mouth. After that use 1-2 tsp each time. You may find it easier to melt the oil first if it is solid.
2. Swish the oil in your mouth for around 15 minutes. You may need to start with just a few minutes and then build up to a bit longer each day.
3. It’s important to spit the oil out into the bin, rather than the sink, as it will clog up your drains otherwise.
Good nut oils to try include macadamia, brazil and walnut oil. If you don’t want to use oils, you can get a substantial amount of these good fats from raw nuts. Try our incredible activated nut range, available online.
OIL DO’S AND DON’TS
Natural plant-based oils can be easily damaged if used or stored incorrectly. This can lead to their delicate chemical structure breaking down, causing free radical damage to cells and potentially creating inflammation in the body.
1. STORE YOUR OILS CORRECTLY
While oils look pretty sitting on the countertop in a clear glass bottle next to the cooker, light and heat will cause degrade them. It’s best to store in a cool, dry, dark place.
Nut and seed oils tend to be quite fragile and are best stored in the fridge. Olive oil and coconut oils are more robust and can be kept in a cool, dark cupboard.
2. DO NOT USE AT VERY HIGH HEATS
Frying at very high temperatures breaks oils down causing production of free radical chemicals.
3. DO NOT RE-USE OIL
Don’t be tempted to reuse oil, as, even at relatively low temperatures, oils will deteriorate somewhat during cooking.
4. DO NOT STORE OILS FOR A VERY LONG TIME
Stick to the expiry date stated on the oil and discard once your oil gets beyond this.