After oil companies spent billions of dollars in advertisements claiming refined oils are good for heart, the truth is finally starting to come out. India has become capital of heart diseases, after it switched to refined oils from traditional oils. The biggest reason for deaths world-wide is heart disease and India is the heart disease capital of the world, with 36% of deaths in India due to heart disease.
Are you taking care of your body enough? It begins with using the right oil and in moderation. Here are 5 characteristics you must look out for when you buy oils:
LOCAL – Is the oil from your geographical region? In a cosmopolitan world, we tend to forget that our genes have memory and local climate has an impact on our health. If groundnuts is a traditional crop in a state due to favourable soil and water, surprise surprise it is good for you. Likewise, nothing beats coconut oil for coastal people. Because sesame is grown in most parts of India, Ayurveda hails it as one of the most superior oils for cooking. Imagine a Makke Ki Roti and Sarson a Saag cooked in olive oil. Not only does it takes away the authentic taste but more importantly high temperature of Indian cooking leads to production of toxic chemicals called lipid peroxides, responsible for heart disease. Mediterranean oil like olive can be at best used for salads occasionally and clearly need to be left out of the cooking pan. Live local, think global.
COLD PRESSED – Cold pressed oils retain all of their flavor, aroma, and nutritional value. It is a slow pressing and grinding procedure, in which some heat is generated because of friction, but because of slow action, the temperature does not rise above 49°C. Cold-pressing eliminates all the harmful effects that arise from the conventional methods of oil extraction due to subjection to high temperature, pressure and chemicals. Cold pressed oils are not new. The traditional method of oil in India has been cold-pressing with bullocks or Ghani.
AROMA – Whether you use refined sunflower oil or refined groundnut oil – they all smell the same – like nothing! That is because deodorizing is an integral part of refining by subjecting oils to high temperature, to remove volatile components but high temperatures leads to isomerised fatty acids, which are bad for health – just like re-using oil in the kitchen after frying. Beautiful nutty smell of cold pressed sesame oil or fruity aroma from cold pressed coconut oil not only is healthier but adds depth of flavour to cooking.
COLOR – Different oils, come with their unique hues. Light sesame oil has a high smoke point and is suitable for deep-frying, while dark sesame oil (from roasted sesame seeds) has a slightly lower smoke point and is unsuitable for deep-frying. Oils should carry their original color and not refined to look uniform.
DATE OF PRODUCTION – The newer the oil, the better it is for the body. “Tel Nayas Ann Purana” is an old saying in Ayurveda which means that Oil should be freshly extracted and used, while the grains should be stored for a long time and used. Oils that come with a long expiration date should not be purchased. Buy limited quantities of cold pressed oils (which have short shelf life since they are not refined) and consume them within 3 months from date of pressing.
A2 Naturals uses only fresh cold-pressed oils in making its face oils, soaps and other products. We are proud to empower local farmers who use traditional methods to bring us nature’s goodness. Our products are free from commercially used palm oil, which is a main reason for global warming.