It’s safe to say that in this day and age of information on food, a new product pops up every now and then. Some grow into trends while others become a fad and don’t last too long. Each with their own set of fancy names and references and quoted health benefits, might we add. Amidst debates of whether oil is good for you or not, are fancy terms like ‘extra virgin’, ‘first press’, ‘first cold press’ and more. The more popular of these terms is ‘cold-pressed.’
If you’re been furring your brows over this term as well, we’ve put together a few facts that’ll help you call yourself a cold-pressed nerd. At-least until the next new term comes around.
1. They Don’t Like High Temperatures
The process of making these oils involve something called ‘pressing’. The pressing process involves crushing the seeds, or nuts and forcing the oil out. The presses themselves come in different sizes. Although the friction between the press and the seeds generates heat- unlike regular oils- cold-pressed oils are not put through more than 48.8 degrees Celsius during the process. Hence the term ‘cold’ pressed.’
2. They Pride Themselves On High Quality
If raw vegan diets are something to go by, then exposure to heat kills vital nutrients. Similarly, cold-pressed oils are believed to retain their natural and healthy nutrients. Hence these oils are popular for their antioxidant properties and are said to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. High levels of monounsaturated fats in cold pressed oils are also believed to increase ‘good cholesterol’.
3. They’re Useful
Cold-pressed oils are used primarily for cooking- specifically for marinades, salad dressings and baking. Some like coconut ‘cold pressed’ oil can be used both topically and for consumption. Flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil are used as supplements. Cold-pressed oils on the extreme end of the spectrum are used to repel bugs without causing harm to them.
4. They’ve A Family In South-India
These oils aren’t alien to us Indians. Cold-pressed oils are popular in South India, where they’re known as ‘chekku’ oils. The traditional pressing way was to have bulls lead the grinder around to crush the seeds. The oil was sold loose and people would bring their own containers to collect it.
5. They Boost Immunity
Cold-pressed oils are extremely popular for their immunity boosting properties. The top options here include coconut, olive, flax seed, primrose, walnut, borage and black currant. To get the most benefit out of these, make sure to not subject them to heat via cooking, grilling or frying. Instead sprinkle a little oil over certain pastas and food, or take a teaspoon of it everyday.
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