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Friday, March 6, 2015

Using Grape Seed Oil for Culinary Purposes

One of the oils you don’t want to leave out of your diet is GRAPE SEED OIL… Read my blog, I’ll tell you about grape seed oil and more…
properties: in 1 Tablespoon, 13.6g Smoke point 421 degrees F (216 degrees C) Omega 3 fatty acid, alpha linoleic 0.1% Omega 6 fatty acid, 69.6% Oleic acid. 15.8%This oil is wonderful to cook at higher temperatures. It's quite clear and has almost no taste, but does impart a slightly "nutty" flavor. Grape Seed Oil is priced reasonably and has a wide range of culinary uses. Often, it's extracted from wine grapes. It is best kept cool and in a dark place. If you don't use much, it's best kept refrigerated. It is not a good oil , in my opinion, to be used in cold dishes, as it's a little too heavy, for my taste. However, apply heat and it's very versatile.Grape Seed Oil is a strong antioxidant packed with vitamins and minerals, most of which have anti-inflammatory properties. I WILL NOT MAKE ANY STATEMENT REGARDING MEDICINAL PROPERTIES, but as an anti-oxidant, anti inflammatory it does seem to help people keep there food better suited to their needs. Benefits:Contains high amounts of Vitamins( particularly E and C)and minerals.Remember vitamin C is not heat stable.It has been seen to increase HDL and lower LDL levels. This is a good choice if you have coronary artery disease or hypertension. Always speak to your physician about such things!Diabetics may benefit from the polyunsaturated linoleic fatty acid.This oil has been shown to improve the structural integrity of veins and capillaries and reduce "spider" veins.People with arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis seem to benefit also.Basic inflammatory properties appear to help with stomach issues, swelling and wound healing (talk to your doctor if the wound is open, as this is not sterile).SIDE EFFECTS: Dizziness, elevated blood pressure, headache, nausea and indigestion.Allergies to grapes.Do not use if you are taking blood pressure medication or anti coagulants, such as Warfarin. All things considered it's a good choice for frying, greasing pans and other high heat recipes. There are other oil choices and we will discuss them in other blogs. Thank you!

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