Sweet, and flavorful walnut oil is organic edible oil obtained from pressing walnut kernels. Cold pressed walnut oil has deep yellow color with pleasant nutty aroma and sweet taste. Cold-pressed walnut oil has a more pregnant flavor than refined oil and can be stored in cool and dry places, away from sunlight, for up to one year. Walnut oil is one of the healthiest oils. It is a vegetable oil that is naturally trans fat-free, cholesterol free, and low in saturated fats. Walnut oil is high in unsaturated fats, especially monounsaturated fat, like olive oil. Walnut oil is safe for most people, but those that have walnut allergies should avoid walnut oil, in general. Walnut oil is also safe for pregnant or breast-feeding women, in amounts found in foods. Despite Walnut oil’s numerous health benefits, you should consume it in careful moderation(20 to 35 percent of the calories you consume.
Origin and history
The Spanish and Portuguese explorers who found walnuts growing in the New World brought them on their voyages to Africa. They flourished in many African countries and were incorporated into local traditional food cultures. Since they were revered as a sacred food, they were placed aboard African boats traveling to North America during the beginning of the slave trade, which is how they were first introduced into this region. In the 19th century, walnuts experienced a great gain in popularity in the U.S. thanks to the efforts of two specific people. After discovering the benefits of walnuts, the era of producing and using the walnut oil has started.
Nutrition & health benefits
- Its high-calorie value is because of fatty acids. Nonetheless, the oil is especially rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid that helps to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” in the blood.
- Walnut oil contains resveratrol, a polyphenol antioxidant, which has been found to have protective function against cancers, heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and viral/fungal infections.
- Walnut oil contains valuable amounts of anti-oxidant vitamin E, which is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
- Walnut oil is high in phytosterols. Eating foods that contain phytosterols helps to promote healthy cholesterol levels and protect against heart disease.
- Contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
- culinary uses(frying, grilling, sauting, seasoning, tempering.)
- improves the function of the digestive system
- in aromatherapy, because of its light nutty aroma.
- biodiesel fuel
- for cosmetic products