Rapeseed oil for Cooking and Health benefitsby Jason Stacey Quality is doing right when no one is looking
Rapeseed grows in fields across Britain; it is a fragrant and familiar crop that is an irritant to hay fever sufferers and farmers alike.
When Rapeseed is cold-pressed, it produces a cooking oil with a grassy, "green" taste. And now with some new eye-catching health properties, that the home grown rapeseed has been dubbed "the British olive oil".
Rapeseed oil has a high smoke point which means an unusually high burning temperature and therefore can be used as cooking oil unlike Wheat Germ oil which cannot be heated. This quality makes it one of popular organic health oils and a good source of the omega oils through daily use.
Rapeseed oil is exceptionally rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 which have well known benefits for the health. The omega oils play a big part in fighting inflammation and maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. Rapeseed also contains omega 9 in the form of Oleic acid, which is what is also found in Olive oil also a very popular cooking oil. Oleic acid found in Rapeseed oil is a monosaturated fatty acid which is known to have health benefits, such as it may help strengthen immunity. Organic cold pressed Rapeseed oil is also very rich in vitamin E.
Apart from its local provenance, rapeseed oil's big selling point, say converts, is its health-giving properties. As with olive oil, rapeseed oil contains Omegas 3, 6 and 9, essential fatty acids known to reduce cholesterol and maintain heart health, joint mobility and brain function. It is also a rich, natural source of vitamin E. High in monounsaturated fats, it is one of the few unblended oils that can be heated to deep-frying temperature without its antioxidants, character, colour and flavour spoiling. In short, it is one of best "good" oils. Experts also say that adding rapeseed oil to the diet may lower the cholesterol and blood fat levels of patients who have had high cholesterol from birth.
One of the good things about using Rapeseed oil as cooking oil is that it contains half the saturated fat of Olive oil and therefore is good dietary oil. Organic Rapeseed oil is a better choice and always try to opt for certified organic and cold pressed Rapeseed oil as this will offer better health benefits.
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