What Is A Healthy Oil?
- Thursday, 24 November 2011
What is a healthy oil? It is important to realize that all oils are NOT whole foods. Oils are very concentrated and harder to digest than the whole food they are derived from.
It is best to use oils occasionally, I recommend at maximum two times a week. Oils such as olive or hemp seed oil do not have all the fiber and therefore are missing many nutrients.
The Problem With Most Oils
Most oils are 1) rancid and 2) not 100% pure.
Many olive oils are mixed with vegetable oil or other cheaper oils.
Cooked, heated and chemically extracted oils are very damaging to the body.
Even fresh pressed, raw organic oils that are beyond the freshness date I recommend below, should be used within the time I state.
Oxygen & light cause oxidation (free radicals) to the oil, making them very harmful to the body.
Tips On Purchasing A Healthy Oil
Make sure you buy only what you can use within 6 weeks. (The exception is olive oil which should be used within 1 year of the press date and within 6 months once opened.)
Coconut oil is very stable and lasts 2 years.
Hemp & flax should be used within 6 weeks once opened and within 12 weeks fresh the press date.
Fish oils - I avoid these. If you are eating a wide variety of healthy, raw, whole fats, you will very unlikely be deficient in fats.
ALWAYS avoid grocery store and cheap oils as they are usually diluted, heated and chemically (hexane) extracted.
Buy organic oils that have a press and/or expiry date.
Use whole fats such as nuts, seeds & avocados.
Best RAW, fresh nuts and seeds to use for a well-rounded source of all fats:
Almonds, pumpkin, sesame, hemp, sunflower (and avocado)
Buy from a high volume health store so you ensure the nuts are fresh.
Better health stores will even bag and store the nuts and seeds in coolers.
If the nuts or seeds smell rancid, or smell strange, do not purchase them.
It is best to store nuts and seeds in the refrigerator, as the cooler temperature prevents the oils from going rancid, keeping them fresher longer.
When buying oils, ensure you buy small amounts and only what you feel you will use within their freshness dates.
Delicious Raw Fat Dressing or Dip Recipe
Grind 1 cup any combination of fresh raw nuts or seeds to powder in a high powered food processor. IE: hemp and almonds
Add cayenne pepper to taste.
Add water to desired thickness. Thinner for salad dressing, thicker for dips
Add ½-1 lemon juiced or whole
Add Celtic Sea Salt or Raw Nama Shoyu Soy Sauce to taste
For variety add 1 or more of the following:Tomato, garlic, ginger, red pepper, dill, basil, tarragon …
The will last 3 days refrigerated.