May 09, 2022 3 min read
There are so many cooking oils to choose from and so much misleading information, which makes choosing the right cooking oil a bigger challenge than the cooking itself!
When choosing a cooking oil, pay careful attention to seed oils. Seed oils are vegetable oils that come from the seed or endosperm of a plant, such as rapeseed, corn and soybeans. Seed oils often contain harmful additives, are processed with hexane chemicals and are often derived from genetically modified crops. When these seed oils are repeatedly heated, even more toxic by-products are created and they become trans and hydrogenated fats which release free radicals into our system.
At Honey Bee Meals, we deliver freshly prepared healthy and delicious meals catering to all diets.In addition to our gluten free, dairy free, soy free and nut free menu we also are very specific about the oils that we use. You will find olive oil, avocado oil or coconut oil in our handcrafted fresh meals.
Olive oil is the natural oil extracted from olives, the fruit of the olive tree andthe only commercially sold oil that comes from pressing fruit and not the seeds of the fruit. About 14% of the oil is saturated fat, whereas 11% is polyunsaturated, such as omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. The predominant fatty acid in olive oil is a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid, making up 73% of the total oil content. It also contains a modest amount of vitamin E and K and is loaded with antioxidants. Studies suggest that oleic acid reduces inflammation and may even have beneficial effects on our genes and may help fight inflammation as well as protect your blood cholesterol from oxidation — two benefits that may lower your risk of heart disease. Monounsaturated fats are also quite resistant to high heat, making extra virgin olive oil a healthy choice for cooking.
Avocado oil isoil pressed from the avocado fruit.Almost 70% of avocado oil consists of heart-healthy oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid.Its mild taste and high smoke point make it a popular cooking oil, but you can also consume it raw. Avocado oil is very similar to olive oil in terms of utility and nutritional value. Avocado oil is a heart-healthy oil, high in oleic acid, which is an unsaturated fat. It contains vitamin E and also helps the body absorb other fat-soluble vitamins. It also contains lutein, a carotenoid and antioxidant that’s naturally found in our eyes and essential for eye health. Avocado oil is a good source of monounsaturated fat which has been linked to reducing LDL cholesterol and increasing HDL cholesterol.
Coconut oil is a tropical oil derived from the flesh of coconuts available in both virgin and refined forms. Virgin coconut oil is less processed than the refined version, and that preserves its sweet, coconut flavour. Refined coconut oil goes through more processing, which leads to a more neutral smell and flavour. As refined coconut oil does not have a “coconut” taste you can use it as a main cooking oil for a variety of recipes
High quality cooking oils are just as important as the other ingredients in a dish. When cooking at home, or dining out, be sure to double-check labels and ask questions. When ordering with us, you can rest assured that we prepare your healthy meals with top-notch oils.
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