What are Monounsaturated fats and Polyunsaturated fats 0
What are Monounsaturated fats and Polyunsaturated fats

By now, we have come across several times through the terms like Monounsaturated fats/Polyunsaturated fats and fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6. Let us understand in detail what these fats are and how can it be beneficial to us.

Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are generally found in plants and are touted as healthy fats, unlike trans fats, saturated fats and cholesterol. Organizations such as the American Heart Association (AHA) encourage people to switch to foods based on monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats from those that contain saturated and trans fats, which are generally processed fats or come from animal-based fat sources. Food often contains a combination of different types of fats.

 

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Myths and Facts about edible oils 0
Myths and Facts about edible oils

There are many types of oil or fat derived from animal or plant sources that we can use for cooking. Some of the most common oils are vegetable-based, but these have recently come under fire as less healthy than previously thought. What are the facts about vegetable oils?
The processed vegetable oils that we see in our homes today are available as the result of several stages of processing and refining.

Generally, vegetable oils are made from a mix of canola, soybean, corn, sunflower and safflower oils. The process of extraction involves many chemicals, and some manufacturers add coloring or bleach the oil to make it looks more appealing and uniform. Effectively, it's a highly processed food product. This alone is a red flag when discussing nutrition, as whole foods (or foods closest to their natural state) offer more beneficial nutrients without added ingredients.

 

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Filtered oil v/s Refined oil 0
Filtered oil v/s Refined oil

We consume cooking oil almost everyday in our major meals. It plays a major role in maintaining a healthy body. But do we put in adequate thoughts in selecting the right kind? How often do we read the label or see how pure the oil is? There are various choices available in market. We have to be very careful in selecting the right type of oil else it could prove hazardous to health especially heart. There are two distinct choices based on the purification process. Refined oil or double refined oil and Filtered oil. Let's understand and decode what are these types along with making the healthier choice.

Filtered oil or Natural oil or kachhi ghani as we call in India, is the type of oil which is processed or filtered through strainers to eliminate the solid particles and impurities from the oil. No chemicals are used in this process. They appear to be more dark and cloudy and the smell is more prominent of the seed from which it is extracted.

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Interesting facts about the cooking oil 0
Interesting facts about the cooking oil

Many people shun preparing food with cooking oil. May be because of health consciousness or may be all about ignorance on how to use cooking oil correctly in food preparation.

Cooking Oils when used in right manner and the sensible choice, cooking oils are not detrimental to good nutrition. Rather they have proved to be a great supplement for a healthy diet. Let's discuss a few interesting facts to keep in mind for a healthy choice of oils and the ways of using the same.

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Medicinal benefits of natural oil 0
Medicinal benefits of natural oil

There are so many different types of oil available in the market to help our body thrive, each having its own unique value. But it is important to understand which oil should be used for which specific reason. Let's rundown through a few oils.

Coconut oil

The all-around best oil for all your deepest, darkest need, coconut oil has qualities that are pretty darn impressive. Along with its greatness in cooking purposes, it has tremendously great medicinal benefits. It is rich in lauric acid which is not only antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial but has unique properties that make it efficient fuel source for the human body. It also helps in boosting immunity and helps in reducing inflammation. It can be burned for energy rather than stored as fat. It also works as a great moisturizer for hair, lips and skin, since its fatty acids create a barrier to lock moisture in.

 

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Natural Oils over Refined Oils 0
Natural Oils over Refined Oils

A lot has been said about different types of oils; among which cold pressed oils have been the most talked about. Recently, many experts have pronounced cold pressed oils as healthy alternative to cooking oils. They are known to be cholesterol free, are unrefined or unprocessed, do not contain harmful solvent residues and contain natural antioxidants that are beneficial for the body.

What are Cold-pressed Oils? 
The oils that you use for cooking everything are extracted from seeds, fruits or vegetables and even nuts. Cold pressing is the method of oil extraction from oilseeds such as coconut, sesame, groundnut etc. In olden times, a long cylindrical contraption known as 'ghani' was used to extract oil from oilseeds. Cold pressed retain healthy antioxidants that are otherwise damaged by being exposed to heat. Antioxidants help combat free radicals that cause cell damage in the body. Most cold pressed oils are rich in vitamin E, which has anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

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History of cooking oils 0
History of cooking oils

Cooking oils have always been an essential part of cooking since ages. People across various regions began to process vegetable oils thousand of years ago, utilizing whatever food stuff that was available in hand to obtain oil for cooking purposes. Early people learned to use Sun, a fire or an oven to heat oily plant products until plants exuded oil that could be later collected. However gradually, the composition and techniques of extraction from the variety of plants have evolved to a very large extent.

Vegetable oil extracted from the plants seeds, have been used since ancient times and in many cultures. In a 4000 years old kitchen unearthed in Indiana’s Charlestown state park, archaeologist found the evidence that large stone slabs were used to crush hickory nuts and then oil was extracted using boiling water.

History of vegetable oil production

History of vegetable oil production is as old as thousand of years before Christ. At that time, say in 2000 B.C. Chinese and Japanese used soybean to extract oil whereas somewhere in 3000 B.C. in South Europe olive oil was used from the best quality of olives. In Mexico and North America, peanuts and sunflower seeds were roasted and beaten into a paste before being boiled in water; the oil that rose to the surface was then skimmed off. Africans also grated and beat palm kernels and coconut meat and boiled the resulting pulp, skimming the hot oil off the water.

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Essential oils v/s Carrier oils 0
Essential oils v/s Carrier oils

In the world of oils, there are so many types of oils that at times, it becomes confusing for a layman to understand so many things when it comes to health benefits. It is important to know what kinds of oil to use and in which ways. It may always not be suitable to mix and match oils, depending on what kind of oil is recommended. There is lot of confusion between certain types of oils particularly between Essential oils and Carrier oils.

Both are natural oils, often with therapeutic properties, but they are made in different ways and should be used in different ways.

What is Essential oil?

Essential oils are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants. It contains the essence of the plant from which it is derived. Unlike fatty oils, essential oils evaporates completely without leaving a residue.

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Important facts about edible Almond Oil 0
Important facts about edible Almond Oil

What is Almond oil?

Before going in details about benefits of almond oil for cooking purposes let's find out how almond oil is made. This incredible oil is extracted from raw almonds. It owes its benefits to the generous amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids, Vitamin E, potassium, proteins, zinc and a number of other vitamins and minerals it contains.

Is Almond oil a healthy cooking oil?

Each one of us know the extensive benefits of almond oil in respect of hair, skin and health. Other than medicinal use, almond oil is a very good substitute of other cooking oils. It is also called as nutritional powerhouse. Sweet almond oil, made from pressed almonds, is an odorless, pale yellow liquid with a nutty taste. It's not however, to be confused with bitter almond oil which has a pungent flavor and is typically used as flavouring agent. Sweet almond oil culinary properties have been employed by centuries because of its medicinal and therapeutic advantages.

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Eating is a necessity while cooking is a skill 0
Eating is a necessity while cooking is a skill

Today on International women's day, we at Rajkamal Oil Mill, would like to take an honor to write a few thoughts on women's passion and love for cooking.

You must have often heard people saying “Maa ke haath ke khaane ki yaad aa gayi" or “Ghar Jaise khane ki baat hi kuch aur hai". Have you ever wondered, why? Guess, no one knows why or there's so much that is beyond words. But let me tell you something….Between every restaurant review, every delicious food discovery you enjoy and share, every image you upload on instagram or tweet...you still crave for home cooked meal prepared by your mom or your wife… right??

Nothing beats a yummy heart filled home cooked meal by someone who loves you unconditionally. Everyone believes the lady cooking at home for them is the best under heavens. Women’s love for cooking is a talent and been a legacy which is inherited over the generations.

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Some important facts about the oil you use… 0
Some important facts about the oil you use…

Cooking oils play very important role in boosting your immune system whereas they can be dangerous also by causing several diseases. It is very crucial to choose the right oil for your day to day cooking purpose. Fats are very important for our body and without the right ones our body cannot function properly. Vegetable oils are good source of fats. However, there is lot of confusion and dilemma about selecting the healthy oil and health effects of different oils and their fats.

Extracting oil from seeds, nuts and vegetables involves lot of crushing and forcing oil out. The quality of oils, to a large extent depends on the process by which it is extracted. There are two ways of oil extraction process. Heat pressed extraction process and cold pressed extraction process.

 

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Your own friendly cooking oil 0
Your own friendly cooking oil

How often do you think before buying an edible oil? Are you sure if the cooking oil in your kitchen is inviting a lot of health hazards?

Let's find answers to your curiosity…

Cooking oil plays an important role in our day to day lives.
There are various types of oils available in the market which are blended or mixed with other vegetable oils, which can risk your cholesterol levels...Some oils are chemically processed which again invite bad cholesterol and ultimately heart diseases.

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