Benefits of using cold pressed oil
History of cold pressed oil
Do you know that the origins of the Cold Pressed oil can be traced down to the Indus Valley Civilization? Yes, you read that right. Charred sesame seeds and oil-pressing machines were found in the ruins of Harappa. After examination, they were dated to be more than 5000 years old!
'Chekku', 'Ghani' and 'Kolhu' oil are some colloquial words used in India to describe cold pressed oil. Infact, in olden times, a long cylindrical instrument known as 'ghani' was used to extract oil from oilseeds. According to the book ‘A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food’ by K.T. Achaya, ‘ghani’ was a mortar and pestle device made of stone or wood that people used to crush oilseeds.
Difference between cold pressed and hot pressed oil
Cold pressed oil- In this oil seeds are crushed slowly to extract oil from them naturally. This is done to retain the nutrients and flavours.
Hot pressed oil- In this oil is extracted by using high heat (200°C) and chemical solvents. Due to chemicals and heat, most of the nutrients and flavours are lost.
Are cold pressed oils healthier?
Cold pressed oils are indeed healthier than hot pressed oils as they retain their original nutrients. They also contain antioxidants which are usually absent in hot pressed oil because of their exposure to high heat. Most cold pressed oils are rich in vitamin E, which has anti-inflammatory and oleic acid, which boosts your immunity.
Can they replace regular cooking oils?
There are a number of oilseeds from which we can naturally obtain oil without tampering with their nutritive capacity. Some of these seeds are- sesame seed, peanut, sunflower seeds, canola, coconut and olive. You can easily replace your regular cooking oil with any of the cold pressed variants. There are some oilseeds that cannot yield oil through cold pressing, such as rapeseed (canola), soybean, corn, sunflower and safflower.
When cooking, cold pressed oils do not foam or silt, while it is possible for hot pressed oil to undergo these changes. Make sure you don’t expose these oils to high heat and use them to cook foods which are prepared on low to medium heat. If you use these oils for deep frying, the unsaturated fats may break down, making them unsafe for consumption.