September 26, 2019
Avocado oil, coconut oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, olive oil. You have heard of them, see them as you walk down the aisle of your supermarket, you have probably tried most of them and some of them are probably sitting in your pantry right now.
But what if there was oil out there that is full of nutrients and is just as good if not better than the oils listed above?! Introducing the new guy on the block *drum roll please*, Hemp Oil! But before you roll your eyes and say “there's no way!”, “It can’t be that good” or “doesn’t it get you high?” just hear me out. What I am about to share with you will have you just as convinced that Hemp Oil is a must-have in your house.So let's get into it. Oils have been used around the world for years. It is reported that the Chinese and Japanese had produced soy oil as early as 2000 B.C and that the Egyptians cultivate plants for their oils to be used for religious purposes, cosmetics and medicine as early as 3000 B.C.Since then we have seen thousands upon thousands of oils hit the market with wild health claims and perfectly curated packaging. So let's look a little deeper and compare the top 5 oils to Hemp oil and see where they place.
Test 1: FatsFats. It’s a four-letter word we have all come to hate. Surely nothing good can come from fats?!Yes, there are some bad fats. Specifically trans fats, they are mainly found in processed foods and can cause some serious harm to our health. It is recommended to stay clear of them. Then there are some okay fats, called saturated fats. They typically tend to be solid at room temperature and as long as you only consume small amounts, they are alright.Finally the good, healthy fats! You heard right, HEALTHY fats. They are unsaturated fats. They come in two main forms; polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats.
Monounsaturated fats aid in lowering cholesterol which may help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.Polyunsaturated fats similarly help with lowering of cholesterol but also contain omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids which are considered key to survival as the body requires them for brain function and cell growth. Needless to say, unsaturated fats can do some great things for our body! Although it is important to note that oil can contain a combination of trans, saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Therefore we want to focus on the oils that are higher in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats rather than a high trans or saturated fat content. So let’s see where our top oils fit: Note: Image shows which oil contains the highest amount of either saturated, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fat.
Test 2: Essential Fatty AcidsLet's look more deeply into polyunsaturated fat, specifically omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) and if any oils contain the recommended ratio for consumption.
Omega 3 and omega 6 EFAs are considered ‘essential’ because the body can only obtain them from our diet.
Omega 3 EFA plays an important role in human cell membranes and helps with other important functions including:
Omega 6, on the other hand, is primarily used for energy. Although other benefits include:
But, eating a diet full of these fats doesn’t mean you will achieve the desired health benefits! According to Healthline, consuming too much omega 6 can have the opposite effect on the body causing an increased risk of heart disease. Therefore they recommend consuming a 1:4 ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 EFAs to attain the full benefits. Our western diet, unfortunately, does not work in our favour though, with many foods containing a lot more omega 6. Research has found that the typical western diet has a ratio between 1:10 and 1:50, which is crazy! So let’s look at where our oils sit:
Note: The following image shows the omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acid ratio.
Test 3: Uses So now that we know health benefits we can receive from these oils, let's look at how they should be used. This predominantly comes down to the way you use oil in your cooking but it’s important to note that each oil has a different smoke point. An oil smoke point dictates how you can cook with it, heating an oil past its smoke point degrades the nutrients and releases harmful compounds.
Whilst talking about different oil uses, I think it is particularly important to mention that Hemp Oil isn’t just great for cooking with. It also works amazing wonders when applied to our skin! It helps hydrate our skin without clogging our pores, helps regulate your skin's oil production (no more oily skin!!) and acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory. Yep! You heard right, it smooths and hydrates itchy dry, inflamed skin and has been proven to help conditions like psoriasis, acne and dermatitis. And if you aren’t sold yet, it is also used as a natural medicine for animals to help their inflammation, skin conditions and mental health.Needless to say, I think it is about time you added Hemp Oil to your shopping list or better yet grab it online today and have it delivered to your door. Happy shopping
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