Part 5: Oils Good Enough to Eat
In Part 1, I described the time-tested benefits of oil-based health and beauty rituals. In Part 2, I covered why essential fatty acids are essential to health, particularly skin health. In part 3, I put the spotlight on the vitality-adding phyto-chemicals, some of which can be applied topically. In part 4, I covered the compatibility of various skin types with different plant-based oils. Now, for all those foodies trapped in lockdown, I have a treat for you! You can eat your way to better health and beauty!
Our body needs fat and it is important that our diet has an adequate amount of good fats – a balance of monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and saturated fats for energy and optimal health. Too much consumption of trans-fats in our diet leads to rapid ageing, faster cell death, free radical damage and other health related issues like obesity and heart related issues. It is a good idea to avoid processed foods high in trans-fats.
Eating a handful of nuts - raw almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios - helps us to nourish our body with good fats. Eating avocados nourishes our body with a good amount of Oleic acids.
When it comes to cooking oil, please make sure you use an oil high in saturated fats and monounsaturated fats for high temperature cooking. Oils suitable for high heating are Coconut Oil, ghee (clarified butter), peanut oil and Sesame oil. Please avoid heating oils high in polyunsaturated fats like canola oil, corn oil, some types of sunflower oils and any kind of refined oil. They are cheap for a reason. If you heat up oils high in polyunsaturated fats and use them in cooking, it can oxidise inside your body. That leads to faster ageing, pigmentations and black spots on the skin.
Oils such as macadamia oil, hazelnut oil and walnut oil are great for drizzling on salads.
Thank you my patient readers! I hope you enjoyed these articles as much as I did writing them.
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Bhuvi – Founder and Formulator @PetalDew Skincare
Certified Organic Skincare Formulator.