Cold Pressed Oil

16 Sep 2015
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Cold pressed oils are the latest entry in the weight loss world. Though these oils have made a late entry their entry has been stunning. Dietitians worldwide are trying to incorporate these oils in the diet. It wouldn't be wrong if it is touted as a magical oil, and hence these oils are considered to be the best oils in the world. The oil is obtained by pressing and grinding a fruit or a seed with the use of a heavy granite millstone or Modern stainless steel presses. Both the methods (pressing and grinding) of oil extraction tend to produce heat through friction but extreme care should be taken in order to maintain the temperature of cold pressed oil to 49 degrees. Cold pressed oils are known to retain all their flavour, aroma and nutritional value.
 

The different types of cold-pressed oils are as follows:-

OLIVE OIL, COCONUT OIL, SESAME OIL, GRAPESEED OIL, AVOCADO OIL, PISTACHIO OIL  AND FLAXSEED OIL.

Cold pressed oils that are rich in Mono-saturated fatty acids OLIVE OIL, PISTACHIO OIL AND AVOCADO OIL ARE CONSIDERED TO BE HIGH IN MONOUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS.

Monounsaturated fatty acids could be your hearts best friend. Reason? These fats lower the risk of heart diseases as they can lower your total and low-density lipoproteins and cholesterol levels. Not just that it can improve the function of your blood vessels. Research has also suggested that it may help in controlling blood sugar levels which would indirectly be helpful if one is suffering from type 2 Diabetes.

SESAME OIL, GRAPESEED OIL, FLAXSEED OIL ARE CONSIDERED TO BE RICH IN POLYUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS 

Polyunsaturated fatty acids are of 2 types omega-3 and omega-6.

Omega-3 fatty acids are good for one's heart in various ways. They lower triglyceride levels Reduce the risk of an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), slow the build-up of plaque and are also known to lower the blood pressure.

Omega-6 fatty acids help in controlling the blood sugar levels which in turn reduces the risk of diabetes. They are also known to lower blood pressure.

 

Cold Pressed oil that is rich in MCT'S

Coconut Oil 

Coconut oil is rich in Medium-chain triglycerides. MCTs unlike LCT's are very easy for the body to break down and use as energy. Because they're so easy to absorb, MCTs are used therapeutically for people with malabsorption problems, like Crohn's Disease. They're also great for a person whose gall bladder has been surgically removed. MCTs aid in weight loss by increasing satiety and raising the metabolic rate which ultimately leads to weight loss.MCT's could also help to reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis.

 

Nutritional composition of a cold pressed oil(1tsp)

Energy(kcal)

 Carbohydrate(gms)

 Protein(gms)

Total Fat(gms) 

Saturated Fat(gms) 

 40

      0

   0

 4.5

0.4-0.5

THE BEST TIME TO HAVE COLD-PRESSED OILS

Preferably it is best to have cold pressed oils mid-morning before lunch. However, moderation is the key. Do not consume more than a tsp at a given time.

 

Benefits of Cold Pressed Oil

  • Cold-pressed oils are just excellent sources of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. 
  • These oils are not only rich in zinc but also in Vitamins like Vitamin A, C, E, D, lecithin and potassium which are necessary for good vision, a healthy heart and our kidneys. 
  • They help in lowering the risk of heart disease, colon cancer and asthma. Not just that these oils can also lower cholesterol, blood pressure and sugar levels. 
  • Cold pressed oils being rich in bioflavonoids and antioxidants help prevent free radical damage. 

They also help in strengthening the immune system. The benefits of cold pressed oils seems to be endless.

 

Role of cold pressed oils in weight loss 

Almost 60% of the coconut oil is made up of MCT's known as lauric acid which is 3 times more effective than the longer chain counterparts in combating those extra kilos. MCT present in coconut oil boosts the metabolism and does not get stored as fat. It produces lots of energy that helps burn calories. 

 

Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil is considered to be rich in omega 3 fatty acids. It raises the metabolic rate making it easier to burn off fat. Not only that it also improves the function of the liver (the fat-burning organ).Flaxseed oil helps the body in the production of energy and also significantly reduces water retention in one's body. 

 

Olive Oil

Olive oil can help in achieving lower body weight. It helps to reduce hunger pangs and improves metabolism, thus allowing you to lose weight better and faster

The polyunsaturated fatty acids present in sesame oil play a role in the reduction of body fat. These polyunsaturated fatty acids increase the plasma levels of the hormone leptin, which is a hormone that regulates body weight. Leptin goes to the satiety centre of the brain providing a full and satisfied feeling hence incorporating sesame oil in the diet could help lose a considerable amount of weight.

 

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil has a thicker consistency and they are rich in powerful nutrients, which means that it will keep your appetite in leash for a longer period.
 

Role of Cold pressed oils in healing other diseases:

Olive oil helps in lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and asthma. It can lower cholesterol and blood pressure; assists to balance blood sugar levels; has potent anti-inflammatory effects, powerful antioxidants to combat free radical damage, and supports good gut health.

Coconut oil is absolutely loaded with antibacterial and antiviral properties. It has lauric acid which has a powerful antiviral effect on the body, and caprylic acid which is a potent antifungal. Coconut oil is fantastic for boosting immunity and staying off illness

Sesame oil is a great source of polyunsaturated fatty acids such as omega 3, 6 and 9. These are well known in preventing and treating heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and for lowering cholesterol and combating free radical damage.

Cold pressed grapeseed oil is high in bioflavonoids, and antioxidants; and is a rich source of Vitamin E. Grapeseed oil contains powerful antioxidants to protect against heart disease and free radical damage and can assist in lowering cholesterol.


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