“Change Your Oil!”

No, I don’t mean the car….. Ha! Ha!

Seed Oils an important update

Certain oils are very inflammatory!  Our bodies do much better by consuming oils that have a balanced ratio of omega 6 to omega 3.

Unfortunately, many oils sold in our supermarkets cause inflammation and weight gain.  These have a higher ratio of omega 6 than omega 3.

You may have heard that omega 3 is good for us and many types of fatty fish are great sources.

But the oils I’m talking about are called Vegetable Oils and Seed Oils.  

Many years ago the petroleum industry didn’t want to waste anything and realised that they could market and sell a by-product of making fuels. In order to not waste it (as they were left with high quantities of it), they decided to put it through some processing and refine it down to remove some of the impurities and bleach it and colour it and add certain flavourings. The result was a product that looked like oil that we could use in cooking. So they started marketing it to the public. They developed a way to make it creamy and called it margarine. Aggressive marketing and a cheap product made it increasingly popular.  

Vegetable Oils are also called Seed Oils.  These days, most cheap oils are mostly made from seeds allowing manufacturers to still call them Vegetable oils. But the product is still very high in omega 6. 

If consuming many take-a-way meals or food cooked in commercial kitchens it is highly likely they use Seed Oils such as Canola (made from rape seed), Vegetable Oil (usually made from GMO Soy) and Cottonseed oil.  Let’s not mention the toxic effects (to humans) on the body of the common systemic herbicide called Glycophosphate (known as RoundUp) that is sprayed on council gardens, playgrounds and parks… Systemic means it goes into the plant and you can’t wash it off. 

So all this is to say that you might want to reconsider what you are using in your kitchen to cook your meals.  If you already have compromised health then I would go so far as to say that you should try to avoid eating out, unless you know the restaurant or fast food outlet uses healthy oils. Although I do not know of any local places that use healthy oils. 

Healthy Oils you can use in your food and cooking: 

Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) – try to find an organic product, as sadly, there are reports of some dishonest companies swapping out a portion their “olive oil” with other cheap oils to offset their costs and make more money.

Butter: If you are healthy and not overweight, you could simply use the regular butter, but if you are suffering from inflammation or are overweight I would pay a little extra and buy the Grass-Fed butter. Grass-Fed is a term indicating that the animals have been raised on pasture – hence eating only grass their whole life, as they should. Grass-fed butter or Ghee (clarified butter) has a much better taste in my opinion, but if you are unable to afford these more expensive products just get the normal butter/Ghee or buy your Butter from ALDI supermarkets who have organic butter at a more reasonable price!

Ghee: Ghee is clarified butter – it has been gently heated and the inflammatory part (for many people) removed (the whey), leaving the pure oil. Ghee has been used in India for centuries and is so good for you! And tastes like Butter. Yum!

Raw Coconut Oil: This is the unprocessed oil obtained from Coconuts and is usually used in cooking. It goes solid at room temperature unless you live in a warm climate. 

Linseed Oil (also known as Flaxseed Oil): There’s always an exception to the rule!  Linseed is made from tiny seeds but their omega ratio is great!  But be sure to buy your Linseed Oil from the fridge section of the Supermarket or from a Health Food Shop as the oil can go rancid (go off) very quickly from exposure to air called oxidation and is very inflammatory. Most of the Linseed oils found on an (unrefrigerated) shelf, taste awful and so are already rancid.” 

Cooking our Food at home means we are able to choose an oil that our body actually recognises, and can utilise!  Remember many Fat-soluble vitamins need to be bound to a fat molecule, to allow the body to use it. Using healthy Fats in our cooking and in our salads allows these vitamins in our foods to bind with the fat molecules in a form that can be used for our healing and maintenance body systems. 

It might be time to “Change your Oil!” 

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