Three incredible plants oils we love for a healthy, happy lifestyle are Coconut, Hemp, and Olive. If you don’t already include them in your diet, you may not have know what you’re missing….until now! Read on to learn more about these oils and their benefits. We hope you feel inspired to try them out, if you haven’t already.
Coconut Oil. This nutrient-dense oil is obtained from the coconut and is high in saturated fat. But don’t be alarmed! Because of its high lauric acid content, this saturated fat is good for the body and optimal health! Coconut oil has a reputation for being one of the healthiest oils on earth when it is not hydrogenated. Look for virgin coconut oil, which is good for baking, stir frying, and as a dairy replacement for butter. It is solid at room temperature like butter, but will liquefy around 86°F. It doesn’t break down in heat or light and become rancid like many oils.
- Maintains healthy cholesterol
- Good for your heart
- Helps support thyroid
- Strengthens Immune System
- Promotes weight loss
- Helps stimulate metabolism
- Can help prevent cancer
- Helps brain function
- Benefits your skin
- Higher smoke point for cooking – can safely cook at high temperatures. Smoke point is 350°F.
Hempseed Oil. This oil has one of the healthiest ratios of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fats. Most experts agree that the best ratio of dietary omega-6 to omega-3 ranges from 2:1 to 4:1. Hempseed oil has a ratio of about 3:1, or maybe slightly less. Unrefined hempseed oil has a nutty taste and a grassy-green color. It works well in a salad dressing or add a tablespoon to your smoothie!
- Lowers risk of heart attacks
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Strengthens Immune System
- May offer protection against colon, breast and prostate cancers.
- Reduces the amount of side-effects of chemotherapy
- Counteracts Cardiovascular Disease
- Fights Psoriasis
- Helps with Hormonal Balance
- Rejuvenates hair, skin and nails
- Good for digestion
- Low smoke point for cooking of 330°F – don’t cook at high temperatures
Olive Oil. Olive oil is a monounsaturated (MUFA), Omega-9 fatty acid. It’s high concentration of MUFAs, promotes “good” cholesterol (HDL) while lowering “bad” cholesterol (LDL). Olive oil is also gentle on the digestive system, and the unrefined, good quality stuff is loaded with antioxidants and valuable nutrients.
- Decreases risk of heart disease
- Helps in Cancer Prevention
- Aids in Digestive Health
- May help prevent gallstones soothe ulcers
- Supports overall Bone Health
- Improves Cognitive Function
- The smoke point for cooking olive oil ranges from about 200 to 438°F, depending on the quality of the oils. The more refined it is, the higher the smoke point. Extra virgin oil, for instance, is best kept for uncooked uses, as it becomes carcinogenic when heated at even low temperatures.