RAPE SEED OIL
Rapeseed oil comes from the black seeds of the rapeseed plant, Brassica napus, from the same Brassica family as the health enhancing vegetables broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. The plant produces sunny, yellow flowers around springtime, so look out for golden fields brightening our beautiful landscapes during these months.Extra virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil has been recommended by top nutritionalists as it has favourable nutritional values. It is ideal for cooking with, preferable to either sunflower oil or olive oil. This is because it has a higher smoking point than these and many other oils. With naturally occurring Vitamin E and high Omega 3,6 and 9 levels, it is a great source of the essentials in today’s diet. It has been well documented that a balance of omega 3, 6 & 9 has many health benefits, including cholesterol reducing properties, in effect reducing coronary heart disease.
Origin and history
The oil from the rape, a variety of turnip, has been in use since the 13th century. It was used as a lubricant called simply rape-oil until the mid 20th century. During World War II it was widely used as a lubricant for steam engines in ships.The oil of the rape (from Latin rapa “turnip”, Rübe in German), however, was discovered to be low in cholesterol by Canadians after World War II , and they developed a type that was not only fit but healthy for human consumption. By the middle of the 20th century, however, marketing this oil even as “rapeseed oil”, was out of the question due to the new overbearing sense of the verb.
Nutrition & health benefits
- Rich in Vitamin E – protects our cells and is a great antioxidant.
- High smoke point – this makes rapeseed oil ideal for deep frying, roasting and various other forms of cooking.
- Higher level of Omega 3 than other vegetable oils – Omega 3 is well known to reduce total blood cholesterol. It also helps fight inflammation, and plays a vital role in the function and development of your brain.
- It contains Omega 6 – helps to reduce total blood cholesterol and maintain healthy hair, nails and skin along with supporting your immune system.
- Contains Omega 9 – aids brain development in unborn children and is also said to play a role in helping your immune system and preventing cancer.
- Culinary uses
- Prevents cancer
- Boost immunity system
- Cosmetic products