Special Foods - Vegetable Oils
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Special Foods - Vegetable Oils

There are two types of vegetable oils: cooking oils and medicinal oils. The best cooking oil is olive oil. It is composed chiefly of oleic acid, a monounsaturated oil that is more resistant to the damaging effects of heat and light than the highly polyunsaturated oils (corn, soy oil, and safflower oil).

We will first consider animal fats. A triglyceride is a saturated fat because the carbon molecules in the fatty acids are "saturated" with all the hydrogen molecules they can carry. These animal fats (butter, lard, tallow) are semi-solid to solid at room temperature. They should be avoided.

unsaturated fats

In contrast, unsaturated fats are typically liquid at room temperature and are therefore often referred to as oils. Most vegetable oils primarily consist of unsaturated fats. But many of them are rendered dangerous during processing. This is done by "hydrogenating" them. During the manufacture of margarine and shortening, a hydrogen molecule is added to the vegetable oil's fatty acid molecules, to make it more saturated. The result is "hydrogenation," which changes them from "cis fatty-acids" to "trans fatty-acids." They have become "trans-fat."

Here is part of what these trans-fats can do to you: heart disease, harmful cholesterol levels, abnormal sperm production, increased likelihood of cancer, diabetes, obesity, prostate disease, decreased testosterone in men, low quality and volume of breast milk, low birth weight infants, and immune suppression.

Thus, neither animal fats nor hydrogenated oils should be used. They cause cardiovascular disease, clogged arteries, and strokes.

olive oil

Next, let's consider non-hydrogenated oils. There are two types of vegetable oils: cooking oils and medicinal oils. The best cooking oil is olive oil. It is composed chiefly of oleic acid, a monounsaturated oil that is more resistant to the damaging effects of heat and light than the highly polyunsaturated oils (corn, soy oil, and safflower oil). When polyunsaturated oils are exposed to heat or light, their chemical structure is changed to toxic derivatives which are known as lipid peroxides.

Medicinal oils, on the other hand, contain gamma-linolenic acid (evening primrose oil, borage oil, and black current oil), or alpha-linolenic acid (flaxseed oil). These oils do not hold up well when exposed to heat, but they are the very best oils you can take into your body. Of them, flaxseed is the least expensive and also the richest in Omega-3 while still containing a balanced amount of the very much needed Omega-6.

flaxs

Flaxseed Oil: Researchers have found raw, cold-pressed flaxseed oil to be the best nutritional oil you can place in your body. Suggested dosage is 1,000 mg daily. It is the richest plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids. The essential fatty acids help produce hormone-like substances needed for proper functioning of muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, and immune systems. Omega-6 comes from mostly good vegetable oils and eggs.

flaxseed capsules

You can take a few capsules with each meal, along with other oils in your diet. But a better way is to use flaxseed oil alone.

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