The truth about fats and the top 5 list with oils I use daily not only for cooking but also as beauty treatments. Just check it out!
1. OLIVE OIL
Olive oil is very popular in Mediterranean cuisine for cooking, baking and as a main ingredient of various beauty products. When I used to live in Greece I had an opportunity to enjoy daily a homemade olive oil, which has strong spicy flavor and it can not be compared with the once I buy now in a supermarket.
However, even oil purchased from stores, if used regularly, will help lower a risk of heart disease and cancer, and that's possibly because of its high monounsaturated fat content, which lowers cholesterol.
The extra virgin olive oil if full of antioxidants and it is considered very good in keeping the balance of heart health.
Tip: Mix some extra virgin olive oil with honey, freshly squeezed lemon, season with salt and pepper and use as a perfect dressing for a variety of salads!
2. COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil is very good for improving your immunity. Also, it contains fewer calories than other oils and it's fat content easily convert into energy, therefore coconut oil is used often when dieting by bodybuilders and athletes, as it helps boost energy.
When used regularly on the skin, it helps in treating various skin problems, including psoriasis, eczema, and other skin infections. It is the perfect moisturizer for all types of skin, including dry skin.
It can be used as a mask for healthy and shiny hair or for oil pulling for whiter teeth and improvement of oral health. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for around 20 minutes. This daily ritual improves oral health but also whiten your teeth.
Tip: Bulletproof caffe (the only caffe I enjoy myself) - add 1 tsp of virgin coconut oil and dash of cinnamon to your cup of black caffe and enjoy!
3. PUMPKIN SEED OIL
Pumpkin seed oil can work wonders for both inner and outer beauty, thanks to its high content of vitamin A and E, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, zinc and antioxidants, can be an important part of an anti-inflammatory diet.
Pumpkin oil can also help you to get a better night’s rest, it may provide a relief of menopausal symptoms and improve the texture of your skin.
The oil, as mentioned earlier, isn’t just good for your insides, but your outsides too. Because it’s rich in fatty acids and an outstanding anti-inflammatory, it helps to calm and soothe redness in the skin as well as keep it hydrated and firm. It encourages cell turnover and aids in maintaining collagen levels, which results in more youthful looking skin. Vitamin E, in particular, is found in high levels in pumpkin seed oil, and combined with its beta-carotene content, they work together to help protect the skin from damage and reduce the signs of aging.
Heat can destroy many of the key benefits of pumpkin seed oil so avoid cooking it.
Tip: Just a few drops of pumpkin oil will turn your salad into one tasty diner. No need for sugary dressings!
4. FLAX SEED OIL
Flaxseed oil is a good source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), one of three omega-3 fatty acids, which protects your heart and lover cholesterol levels. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, and thus may help lower the risk of cancer and reduce symptoms of arthritis.
It may as well help with weight loss as it increase the body's metabolic rate, and therefore burns fat.
There are many benefits for the skin, as flaxseed oil with it's content of fatty acids acts to balance out the skin's own oils and reduce any inflammation, helping the skin to repair, which is extremely beneficial for chronic skin conditions, such as rosacea, acne, dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis.
Keep in mind that flaxseed oil should not be used for cooking, as it does not have a high smoke point and can be harmful when exposed to high heat, so it’s best to use in cold dishes like smoothies or salads.
Tip: Just one tablespoon of flaxseed oil can meet and exceed your daily ALA needs so simply add one in your smoothy and you are good to go!
5. ARGAN OIL
Argan oil is most commonly used as a skin moisturizer to hydrate and soften skin. With its high vitamin E and fatty acid content, is the ideal product to naturally boost the skin. It is a natural alternative to the chemical beauty products you have in your home. The anti-oxidants and Omega-6 fatty acid helps fight fine lines, reduce inflammation, heal acne, and minimize scars and stretch marks, and so much more. It absorbs easily and is non-greasy and non-irritating, which makes it a great natural moisturizer.
It is also used in Moroccan cuisine for its nutty flavor as a replacement of olive oil.
Tip: Use as a moisturizer for a skin before going to bed for fresh morning look.