Choosing to live a healthy and holistic lifestyle has never been easier. We have all seen the energetic rise in superfoods; from super berries, raw cocoa to matcha tea. Many health conscious consumers spend time seeking out the next health food, eager to see if it has the power to compliment our healthy lifestyles.
Healthy oils have recently been in the superfoods spotlight, with their endless benefits and versatility whats not to love? All hail the healthy oil revolution! In a world of choice how do we make the decision on what type we want to introduce and accept into our healthy food repertoire?
Most share similar benefits for optimising health, but each come into their own when used in different ways. Some healthy oils simply offer distinctive flavours making them ideal to use as salad dressings or sautéing food; Walnut, hemp and almond to name a few.
Naturally some are better for cooking than others. Selecting an oil that can hold a high cooking heat, often known as ‘smoking point’ is the key to cooking. Olive, avocado and organic virgin coconut oil can all be used for cooking. You may choose to embrace a few varieties into your kitchen cupboards as each offer a different usage and flavour.
When it comes to cooking organic virgin coconut oil is the winning choice, with over 90% of its fat being saturated it is naturally resistant to high heat. It is packed full of powerful health benefits, naturally high in Lauric acid believed to lower cholesterol as well as being packed full of antibacterial qualities and due to its nutritious qualities it can boost metabolism.
If you are not keen on coconut flavour, you can source odourless, still reaping all its health benefits without compromising on taste. However if the taste excites your tastebuds it really can lift a basic recipe, delicious vegetables suddenly take on a smoother and richer flavour.
Why choose ‘organic virgin coconut oil’? It simply means it has been extracted in two ways, via extraction from fresh undried coconut meat or extracted from pre dried meat. Both natural processes offer a ‘less processed’ product. Antioxidants are much higher in organic virgin varieties, increased antioxidants mean extra nourishment for our cells to absorb and benefit from.
Coconut oil is not just for your kitchen cupboard. With over 100 known uses, it does not just have to sit in your kitchen cupboard. It can be used as a moisturiser for both hair and skin, soothes cuts and grazes or use it to create your own natural deodorant. A true superfood and a trusted diverse health companion.
Lets not forget our other healthy cooking companion! The new kid on the block, Avocado also holds a high cooking heat and can be used liberally to compliment salads or simply drizzled over bread as a quick healthy snack.
This tasty alternative is a friendly carrier for other flavours, its subtle taste make it a great partner for a range of food. A great source of Vitamin E, an avid promoter of healthy skin and hair and natural appetite suppressant, avocado oil should hold a place in your healthy cupboard.