While buying our monthly grocery, the thought of choosing cold pressed oil often crosses our mind. Is it a real thing or another short-lived craze in healthy eating space?
Does cold pressed oil really provide the benefits that it is touted for? How is cold pressed oil different from the regular refined oil? While the regular edible refined oil that we use are extracted from a range of items like seeds, fruits, vegetables, and even nuts, cold pressed oils are extracted from oil seeds like sunflower, groundnut, coconut, sesame seeds or olive.
How is cold pressed oil different?
For extracting regular refined oil, heat is applied and that negatively impacts the flavor and the nutritional properties. The flavor and the nutritional properties remain intact in the cold pressed oils as the method involves crushing the seeds or nuts and forcing out the oil through pressure.
Also, the cold-press method does not involve the use of any chemical in the production process which happens in the case of extraction of refined oils. So, we can safely assume now cold pressed oil is more flavorful, nutritious and chemical free.
Is Cold-pressing a new method of extraction of Oil? The answer is NO, in fact it is the most natural and ancient method of extracting oil from oil seeds and dates back to the time of Indus valley civilization (Nearly 5000-7000 years ago). Our ancestors were using the healthy cold pressed oil for thousands of years before the advent of the modern technology that has the capability of extracting oil from a lot of sources.
As healthy eating is resonating among the masses, Cold pressed oil is back in vogue. Ghani, Chekku or Kohlu as the cold pressed setup is called in different parts of India has survived the test of time because a section of people always believed in the benefits and nutritional properties of Cold pressed oil.
Cold pressed Groundnut Oil:
Groundnut Oil that is extracted from groundnuts in a traditional Kachi Ghani or an advanced electronic cold pressed machine.
Let us find out what are the benefits of cold pressed groundnut Oil.
Rich in Anti-oxidants:
Groundnut oil Cold Pressed contains a high amount of vitamin E. One tablespoon of groundnut oil contains about 11% of the daily recommended vitamin E intake. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble compound having some vital functions for the body. Vitamin E works as an excellent antioxidant for the body, which protects against free radical damage. Free radicals are the primary cause of extensive cellular damage, which may cause chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
As per several studies, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat may lead to improved blood sugar levels in diabetics. Consuming fats containing carbohydrates settles down sugar absorption in our digestive tract and that results in slowing down of blood sugar fluctuations.
Cold Pressed Groundnut oil is free from cholesterol – the major contributor to cardiac problems in our societies. Getting rid of cholesterol issue improves our overall health and keeps us stay away from several complications including heart and liver diseases. Groundnut oil is rich in phytosterols, which considerably lowers the level of cholesterol in our body.
Good for Skin:
This works great for your skin, when applied topically. The vitamin E contents helps you in reversing skin disorders and prevents ageing. This provides great nourishment and acts as a moisturizer for dry skin conditions when applied gently and left overnight.
- Because of a very high smoke point, groundnut oil can be used for deep frying and high-temperature cooking
- Neutral flavor profile makes it perfect for any type of dishes
We now know the benefits and uniqueness the cold pressed groundnut oil offers and that makes our choices much easier.
Farmveda offers Cold Pressed Groundnut Oil made from best quality groundnuts handpicked and sourced directly from small and marginal farmers. It is 100% natural and cold pressed using traditional Kachi Ghani. All the profit from Farmveda goes back to these farmers.