- May 4, 2012 at 5:05 am #80852
DoggiemamaMemberTopics: 43Replies: 204
This is new to me but it sounds good. Anyone know anything more about it? i found this info…..
Grapeseed Oil has a nutty, neutral flavor and is easily digested.
Grapeseed Oil is an excellent cooking oil, ideal for deep frying, sautéing or grilling with no smoking or splattering, allowing the flavor of the food to come through. Grapeseed Oil also emulsifies well and is perfect as a base for oils infused with herbs, creamy salad dressings, or mayonnaise.
Grapeseed Oil is acclaimed for its therapeutic benefits on human health. This gourmet cooking oil is rich in Vitamin E and 76% linoleic acid (also known as Omega 6), an essential fatty acid. Grapeseed Oil contains natural chlorophyll and valuable antioxidants. Grapeseed Oil is low in saturated fats, and high in GLA (gamma linolenic acid), a type of good fat. Studies have shown that Grapeseed Oil has a unique ability to significantly raise HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) and lower LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol). It has also been shown to lower triglycerides, the effect of which may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Since it is odorless, Grapeseed Oil is an excellent carrier oil when used in conjunction with essential oils in aromatherapy. Due to its emollient qualities, Grapeseed Oil is commonly used as a base in skin care products.
Organic Grapeseed Oil: The Perfect, Healthy Cooking Oil?
When it comes to choosing a healthy oil for the purpose of cooking, several choices probably come to mind. Olive oil is known to be heart healthy oil due to its antioxidants and high concentration of monounsaturated fats, but it has a relatively low smoke point, making it a poor choice for recipes that require high heat. Canola oil, also high in monounsaturates, is another good choice that can readily withstand high temperature cooking. But there’s another healthy oil out there that’s often forgotten when it comes to cooking options and that’s organic grapeseed oil. What are the health benefits of grapeseed oil and why should you consider using it as a cooking oil?
The health benefits of grapeseed oil make it a versatile and guilt free choice when it comes to a cooking oil. Although not as high in monounsaturated fat as olive oil, it has a higher concentration of these “heart healthy” fats than most other forms of oil. Even more importantly, a 1993 study showed that an ounce and a half of grapeseed oil per day decreased LDL cholesterol by seven percent and raised HDL cholesterol by thirteen percent. As you know, HDL cholesterol is the good cholesterol, so you want the number to be high..
Because of its high smoke point, organic grapeseed oil is a versatile cooking oil. It’s the perfect oil for sautéing at high temperatures and for cooking popcorn on the stove or grilling meat where a high heat is required. The smoke point of grapeseed oil is around 485 degrees Farenheit in comparison to olive oil which smokes at about 250 degrees Farenheit. You only need about a third to a half of the amount of oil when you cook with grapeseed oil when compared to other oils. This makes it quite economical.
If you’re accustomed to the rich taste of olive oil, grapeseed oil may seem blander, almost neutral with slight nutty undertones. This can be an advantage in recipes where you want the texture of fat without the overbearing taste of an oil with strong flavor. In applications where you want a more outspoken oil adding herbs and spices can give additional flavor impact.
When choosing a grapeseed oil, select one that has no synthetic preservatives such as BHT. Grapeseed oil is naturally high in vitamin E which has natural preservative properties. Organic grapeseed oil can be found in most natural food markets and many mainstream grocery stores or ordered online.
If you’re looking for a healthy cooking oil, organic grapeseed oil is one you’ll want to consider both for its health properties as well as its amazing versatility.
Season for Grapeseed Oil Available Year Round
Grapeseed Oil Described
Grapeseed oil could be construed as a highly eco-friendly oil, for it’s extracted from the seeds of grapes – typically wine grapes – that would otherwise be discarded (but extracting the oil can be laborious). For all intents and purposes a vegetable oil, this actual fruit oil enjoys a reputation as a mild, delicate and pleasantly neutral kitchen companion, but it enjoys much of its fanfare in the cosmetic’s industry. Many a product that boasts moisture and anti-aging properties takes its efficacy from this wine byproduct.
How to Buy and Store Grapeseed Oil
When purchasing grapeseed oil (GSO) for your culinary needs, first make sure it’s clearly marked food grade. GSO – like most oils – can go rancid easily, so look for oil in a dark bottle kept away from light. Once you get your oil home, store it in a cool dark place or your refrigerator where it will go rancid much more slowly.
Because each seed yields a small amount of oil, grapeseed oil is usually extracted chemically to make it more affordable. When purchasing grapeseed oil, avoid those that have been extracted using hexane, a harsh chemical that has no way of being fully removed from the final product. Look for brands that are expeller-pressed, a chemical-free mechanical method of oil extraction.
How to Cook Grapeseed Oil
When it comes to cooking with GSO, it’s actually quite controversial. It’s often said that owing to GSO’s high smoke point, that it works exceptionally well for sautéing and frying. Others argue that grapeseed oil is an unstable oil that begins to go rancid the moment it’s exposed to heat, sort of making the smoke point irrelevant.
This we know for sure: GSO has an unobtrusive, mild flavor that lends itself to blending with other flavors, and it emulsifies very well. So, if you’re a mayo eater, grapeseed is your oil! Include GSO in dressings and sauces, or use it as a base for infusing or flavouring with garlic, rosemary, or other herbs and spices. Many people also bake with grapeseed oil.
Health Benefits of Grapeseed Oil
Aside from the antioxidant content in GSO that helps fight aging and disease, such as cancer, this oil has also been shown to have beneficial flavonoid effects on cholesterol. Aside from its culinary use, grapeseed oil’s benefits are largely cosmetic. Its soothing, emollient properties lend themselves beautifully to lotions, cremes, massage oils and conditioners. Mildly astringent, grapeseed oil has been found to lighten and tone the skin, making it an effective anti-aging ingredient.
Why Buy Natural and Organic Grapeseed Oil
In addition to the chemical extraction often used in grapeseed oil, most conventional oils start going rancid immediately due to the air and high heat of commercial pressing. That means they have to be refined, bleached and deodorized, essentially destroying the oil (and its health benefits). Get your oil organically from your local farmers market where you can actually ask the farmer what went into making it, and buy it in smaller quantities to ensure the highest quality.
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