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Benefits of Olive, Coconut and Flaxseed Oil

There are so many myths and different opinions hyped up causing so much confusion over which oil should be used to stay healthy.

To make things easy for you to understand, I had put together some researched facts, myth busters and included some interesting facts on Olive and Coconut oil.

Extra-virgin means the oil is derived from the first pressing of the olive. The subsequent pressing is referred to as virgin olive oil. In the creation of extra-virgin and virgin olive oils, the olives are pressed by mechanical means. This process is also known as cold-pressing.

Cold-pressed olive oils preserve the flavors and health qualities of the olives, whereas refined oils, which are created by using chemicals, do not.

Olive oil is high in oleic acid; a monounsaturated fatty acid which research shows promotes health when present in the diet in high amounts.

Regular intake of olive oil, as found in traditional Mediterranean diets, has been associated with lower rates of heart disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer and asthma. Replacing the saturated fats and Trans fats in ones diet with olive oil can help decrease your low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels (known as the bad cholesterol) which might ultimately lead to weight loss.

Olive oil is not high heat stable oil; therefore it can be best used for cold dishes or under moderate heat.

Whereas, Coconut oil is made by shredding and cold-pressing coconut meat while it is moist by separating the oil and the milk. Although coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is a medium-chain fatty acid. This means, it metabolizes more easily than other saturated fats, which are long-chain fatty acids.

Apart from boosting your metabolism, coconut oil is also heat stable and can be used for higher-temperature cooking and baking.

In addition to Olive and Coconut oil, Flaxseed oil is a good option to help you stay fit. Flaxseed oil is extracted from whole flaxseeds using a cold-pressed process. Canada is one of the main producers of flaxseed, using only non-genetically modified varieties of flaxseed in commercial production. Flaxseed oil is composed of 57 percent alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid which is a precursor to the heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory omega-3s EPA and DHA.

Choose any oil you want and you may thank us later!!

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