Cold pressed oils are the latest entry to the weight loss world, but their entry has been stunning! Dieticians worldwide are trying to incorporate these oils into their diets. It wouldn’t be wrong if was touted as a magical oil, and hence these oils are considered to be the best oils in the world. The oil is obtained by pressing and grinding a fruit or a seed with the use of a heavy granite millstone or modern stainless steel presses. Both methods (pressing and grinding) of oil extraction tend to produce heat through friction but extreme care should be taken in order maintain the temperature of a cold pressed oil to 49 degrees. Cold pressed oils are known to retain all their flavor, aroma and nutritional value.
The different types of cold pressed oils are as follows:
OLIVE OIL, COCONUT OIL, SESAME OIL, GRAPESEED OIL, AVOCADO OIL, PISTACHIO OIL AND FLAXSEED OIL.
Cold pressed oils that are rich in mono-saturated fatty acids
OLIVE OIL, PISTACHIO OIL AND AVOCADO OIL ARE CONSIDERED TO BE HIGH IN MONO-SATURATED FATTY ACIDS
Mono-saturated fatty acids could be your heart’s best friend. Why? These fats lower the risk of heart diseases as they can lower your total and low density lipoproteins and cholesterol levels. Not just that, they can also improve the function of your blood vessels. Research has also suggested that it may help in controlling blood sugar levels which would indirectly be helpful if you are suffering from type 2 diabetes.
Cold pressed oils that are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids
SESAME OIL, GRAPESEED OIL, FLAXSEED OIL ARE CONSIDERED TO BE RICH IN POLYUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS
Polyunsaturated fatty acids are of two types – omega-3 and omega-6.
Omega-3 fatty acids are good for the heart in various ways. They lower triglyceride levels and reduce the risk of an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), They slow the build-up of plaque in your arteries and are also known to lower the blood pressure.
Omega-6 fatty acids help in controlling the blood sugar levels which in turn reduce the risk of diabetes. They are also known to lower the blood pressure.
Cold pressed oils that are rich in MCTs
Coconut oil is rich in medium chain trigycerides. MCTs unlike LCTs are very easy for the body to break down and use as energy. Because they’re so easy to absorb, MCTs are used therapeutically for people with mal-absorption problems, like Crohn’s disease. They’re also great for a person whose gall bladder has been surgically removed. MCTs aid in weight loss by increasing satiety and raising the metabolic rate which ultimately leads to weight loss. MCTs can also help to reduce the risk of artheroscelorosis.
The best time to have cold pressed oils
Preferably it is best to have cold pressed oils mid-morning before lunch. However moderation is the key. Do not consume more than a table spoon at any given time
Benefits of cold pressed olis
- Cold pressed oils are an excellent sources of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids
- These oils are not only rich in zinc but also in vitamins A, C,E and D. Lecithin and potassium are necessary for good vision, a healthy heart and our kidneys
- They help in lowering the risk of heart disease, colon cancer and asthma. These oils can also lower cholesterol, blood pressure and sugar levels
- Cold pressed oils are also rich in bioflavonoids and antioxidants help prevent free radical damage
- They also help in strengthening the immune system
- The benefits of cold pressed oils seem to be endless!
Role of cold pressed oils in weight loss
Almost 60% of the coconut oil is made up of MCTs known as lauric acid which are three times more effective than the longer chain counterparts in combating those extra kilos. MCT present in coconut oil boosts the metabolism and do not get stored as fat. It produces lots of energy that helps burn additional calories.
Flaxseed oil is considered to be rich in omega 3 fatty acids. It raises the metabolic rate making it easier to burn off fat. Not only that, it also improves the function of the liver (the fat-burning organ). Flaxseed oil helps the body in production of energy and also significantly reduces the water retention in the body.
Olive oil can help in achieving lower body weight. It helps to reduce hunger pangs and improves metabolism, thus allowing you to lose weight better and faster.
The polyunsaturated fatty acids present in sesame oil play a role in the reduction of body fat. These polyunsaturated fatty acids increase the plasma levels of the hormone leptin, which is a hormone that regulates body weight. Leptin goes to the satiety center of the brain providing a full and satisfied feeling hence incorporating sesame oil in the diet could help lose considerable amount of weight.
Avocado oil is a rich source of monosaturated oleic acid which has helped avocado oil in winning so much of fame. Avocado oil is thick and full of powerful nutrients, meaning that it will make you feel fuller faster and keep your appetite satisfied longer.
Role of cold pressed oils in other diseases
Olive oil helps in lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and asthma. It can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, assists in balancing blood sugar levels, has potent anti-inflammatory effects, powerful antioxidants to combat free radical damage and supports good gut health.
Coconut oil is absolutely loaded with antibacterial and antiviral properties. It has lauric acid which has a powerful antiviral effect on the body and caprylic acid which is a potent anti-fungal. Coconut oil is fantastic for boosting immunity and staving off illness
Sesame oil is a great source of polyunsaturated fatty acids such as omega 3, 6 and 9. These are well known in preventing and treating heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and for lowering cholesterol, and combating free radical damage
Cold pressed grapeseed oil is high in bioflavanoids, and antioxidants; and is a rich source of Vitamin E. Grapeseed oil contains powerful antioxidants to protect against heart disease and free radical damage, and can assist in lowering cholesterol.