Nuts about you
The new kid on the block for cooking is avocado oil. Whilst you may have already swapped your olive oil for coconut, avocado oil is absolutely worth a go. The healthy fats it contains can help your body to absorb more nutrients from vegetables and fruit, it also has a high smoke point making it ideal for high-heat cooking. Try it out as a salad dressing, to sauté vegetables or on fish dishes.
Providing essential vitamin E, to help keep your mind and hearing sharp, hazelnut oil is aromatic and rich in taste. It’s also great for your heart as 80% of the fat it contains monounsaturated. Rather than frying it, drizzle it over cooked pasta, steamed greens and roasted vegetable. Or add an extra punch by including a dash in your coffee or chocolate sauce, even ice-cream.
Almond oil is a great addition to your home-baking, giving that subtle taste to your bread, cakes and muffins. If you make your own granola – or even if you buy it in – try adding a small teaspoon to mix up the flavour. With cholesterol-boosting properties, vitamin E and monounsaturated fats it’s a great all-rounder.
Another contender for the lauded coconut oil, red palm oil is a total super-hero alternative packed full of antioxidants. Beta-carotene can be converted into Vitamin A in the body, critical for vision and also supporting cell growth and the maintenance of your body’s major organs. It also contains Vitamin E and alpha-carotene which helps to fight heart disease.
Made from the same plant that gives us green tea and Earl Grey, tea seed oil is produced from the seeds of Camellia sensis and has a subtle lemon flavour. It might take a bit of searching to find this one but it’s worth it for the abundance of unsaturated fats and cholesterol-reducing sterols which help to protect your heart, and also strong antioxidants. Great for cooking Asian dishes, as it performs perfectly at high temperatures, it has a smooth and light flavour that won’t overpower your other ingredients.
October 27, 2016