Even the most basic kitchen will have an oil or two on hand. From tossing with a salad to coating the pan before frying, it is something most of us use every day in some fashion. The selection of organic cooking oils has rapidly increased and it can be confusing to know which is the best oil for the task and for your health. Let’s examine the range of organic cooking oils in the online store at HealthyTOKYO.
Hemp Seed Oil – Hemp seed oil is brilliant green in color. Cold pressed and unrefined it has a slightly spicy nutty taste great on salad or drizzled over cooked foods. It is not suitable for cooking due to its low smoke point (the temperature at which fats start to break down and release the chemical responsible for giving food the burnt flavor and aroma). Hemp seed oil has been called “nature’s most perfectly balanced oil” due to its ideal ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 essential fatty acids. The “Omegas” are know to contribute to good heart health. In addition, hempseed oil has a fine supply of antioxidants, a number of minerals and is a good source of chlorophyll.
Hazelnut Oil – Hazelnut oil has an intense, slightly sweet and roasted flavor and is most often used to give a luscious nutty flavor to salad dressings and in baked goods. Hazelnut oil is also a leader in vitamins, and the good fats making it a great choice for your health. It can be more expensive due to the difficulty in pressing the oil from the hazelnuts, but it brings such depth of flavor it is well worth it. This oil, like other nut oils is best store refrigerated
Avocado Oil – The excellent nutritional value of avocados has become well known recently and avocado oil is following as one of the most desirable oils. Some are considering it now to the be the healthiest cooking oil available. It packs a whopping amount of monounsaturated fats – key to improving cholesterol ratios that lead to better heart health. Researchers now believe avocado oil has extra power in the antioxidant pool against free radicals. It also boasts lutein, a carotenoid critical for eye health. Avocado oil has the highest smoke point making it perfect for any cooking. It is also excellent with salad greens or as finishing oil for that special dish.
Olive Oil – This is probably the oil most common to all of us. While newer organic cooking oils are appearing, cold pressed organic extra virgin olive oil maintains its place as the staple healthy oil in the kitchen. Forever part of the Mediterranean diet, it is considered one of the best edible oils in terms of its stability, good fats and palatability. Because it is pressed from olives it carries substantial amounts of plant-derived antioxidants, vitamins E and K and phytosterols. Olive oil is extremely versatile and can be used in cooking, grilling and on cold foods as a dressing or accompaniment.
Walnut Oil – This oil also imparts a rich nutty taste and is cold-pressed from dried walnuts. Walnut oil is a rich source of antioxidants, in particular ellagic acid, known as a detoxifier in the development of certain types of cancer. As with the other nut oils, walnut oil has a high concentration of Omega 3 and 6 that contribute to lowering heart disease risk, cutting inflammation and improving skin condition, in addition to other attributes. Walnut oil does not tolerate heat so it shines when used in salad dressings or drizzled on vegetables. It breaks down easily when exposed to light and heat, so best stored in the refrigerator and consumed before expiry.
Argan Oil – Argan oil has earned notoriety in the cosmetic industry in the past decade. Its value as a consumable oil actually dates back centuries in Morocco. The two different uses come from different forms of the oil. The cooking oil is toasted before bottling and tastes similar to hazelnut oil in nuttiness. Argan oil is high in antioxidants, Vitamin E, Omega 3 and 6 and oleic acid which all contribute to lower cholesterol, improved circulation, boosted immunity and better ageing. This oil also doesn’t stand up to heat so is best used for salads, vegetables and egg dishes to add flavor and depth.
Finally, it is important to stress the value that all of these organic cooling oils are cold-pressed. Organic certifies that you won’t be taking in any harmful chemicals or pesticides and cold-pressed ensures the highest possible nutritional value is maintained while extracting the oil. You will find all these conditions met in the Emile Noël line of organic oils in the HealthyTOKYO online store. So up your game and start choosing organic cooking oils that offer better nutrition and elevate the taste of your food with added flavor and dimension.