With so many different oils out on the market, it can be difficult to know which one you should cook with. Throw in ethical dilemmas due to impacts on the environment, and shopping for a cooking oil is a process to be reckoned with! Here at MaryRuth Organics, we want to help you live a healthy life — and that starts with what you put into your body. Our blog today will discuss everything from coconut oil to ice pressed olive oil so that you can make an educated, well-informed decision about which oil to use.
Surely you’ve been involved in the avocado craze of the last several years, but avocado oil is a product you can really get behind. It’s tasty, healthy, and easy to use. While most plant oils are extracted from the seed of the plant, avocado oil is actually extracted from the delicious flesh of it that you know and love so well.
The oil is lightly flavored and contains lots of nutrients: oleic acid, monounsaturated fats, magnesium, antioxidants, and Vitamins A, E, and D are just a few. You may love avocado oil in your facial scrubs, but it’s time to bring this oil to your cooking as well! Use it for salad dressings or a cooking oil, and you should be reaping benefits in no time.
This oil has been controversial over the last few years, and for good reason. Palm oil is made from the fleshy fruit of oil palms, which are native to West and Southwest Africa. Now, however, oil palm growth has expanded to Southeast Asia. Malaysia and Indonesia produce about 85 percent of the world’s palm oil today. This hasn’t been done sustainably, and it is pushing species like the orangutan and Sumatran tigers to extinction, leading to drastic deforestation, and contributing to climate change.
This savory oil is often used for frying or sauteing, due to its high smoke point. Palm oil has been linked to brain and heart health and can improve Vitamin A levels. However, there have also been reports indicating the opposite. It’s one of the most popular oils used worldwide because it’s relatively inexpensive, but the health benefits are negotiable and it’s not good for the environment.
This large component of the Mediterranean diet has enjoyed widespread popularity and has been recognized for its ability to fight diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, and depression. Have you ever wondered what the differences are between virgin olive oil, Greek extra virgin olive oil, and ice pressed olive oil?
Virgin Olive Oil
This oil is a blend of both cold pressed and processed oils. It may have defects in aroma or in flavor and doesn’t have to meet the same chemical standards required for extra virgin olive oil, but can still be a high quality olive oil. This is fine for cooking for the most part, but doesn’t give the best flavor for dressings and other items.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Chefs and food bloggers alike sing praises to this cooking oil. If it’s extra virgin olive oil, it’s cold pressed. This is because there is no heat involved in the process of grinding and pressing olives to extract oil. The process is time consuming and rigorous, and the final product has to meet high chemical parameters and sensory standards. It delivers a richer flavor than a virgin olive oil does.
Ice Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This oil is made during a process that is 20 to 30 times colder than the process for making traditional cold pressed oils. It retains the highest quality of nutrients and taste — with no chemical interference. Our ice pressed extra virgin olive oil is non-GMO, made from olives harvested by hand so there’s virtually no carbon footprint, and only made in small batches. Taste the Mediterranean in your cooking when you order it.
Coconut oil is high in healthy saturated fats, and it looks very different than the other oils on this list because its texture is somewhat thick. When the temperature is higher, the coconut oil is almost always liquid. You’ll want to store it in a dark container in a cool, dry place. The oil can boost fat burning, provide you with quick energy, raise the good HDL cholesterol in your blood, and kill harmful microorganisms. It can even help your skin, hair, and teeth outside of cooking! What’s not to love?
There are so many health and ethical considerations when purchasing a cooking oil, and we hope this blog helped inform you. Check out our ice pressed olive oil, and save 10 percent when you subscribe!