Organic rapeseed oil from Austria.
Gudrun Bertignoll is a freelance
nutrition scientist from Garsten
who offers consulting,
workshops and lectures.
Her recipe for a balanced diet:
You mix 300 g of preference,
a large portion of common sense,
¼ litre of enjoyment, 500 g of time,
a pinch of nutritional knowledge and
a dash of creativity with lots of
high-quality regional foods.
NOT ALL OIL
IS THE SAME!
Fats often have a bad reputation and are written off as fattening food – true to the motto: “Avoid at all costs!” Yet fats play an important role when it comes to our health but unfortunately, this role is often underestimated. A motto to go by in life as well as when it comes to fats in your diet is: Quality over quantity. Locally sourced rapeseed oil in particular should be a staple in your pantry due to its precious ingredients. Let´s take a closer look at it and put it under the nutritional physiology microscope so to say.
What makes fat a good fat?
To understand why rapeseed oil is so good for you, it’s worth taking a quick look into the world of biochemistry. Fats consist of fatty acids and are divided into different groups according to
- the chain length (short, medium and long-chain fatty acids),
- the type of bond (saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids) and
- the necessity of intake through food (essential or non-essential).
Saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids can be formed by the body itself without difficulty and are a very good source of energy. In case of these fats we should go by: “Less is more”.
The long-chained, polyunsaturated fatty acids on the other hand are especially important and valuable for our health. These essential fatty acids include Omega 3 and Omega 6.
What does essential mean?
Indispensable! The body cannot produce these fatty acids and relies fully on their intake through the food we eat. A regular supply of the body with essential fatty acids plays a crucial role for our overall health. Omega 6 fatty acids regulate the water permeability of the skin. Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory, they are valuable components of the brain and nerve cells, they have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system and much more.
What makes rapeseed oil so special?
Rapeseed oil provides the right ratio of many essential fatty acids. This is particularly important in our lives nowadays, as we spent most of it sitting down. With the way our society works nowadays, we often don´t have the chance to exercise enough. This means that it is important to keep an eye on the calories we consume each day and choosing the right fats is essential. Such as Rapeseed oil.
Think about it: Fats have more than twice as many calories as carbohydrates and protein. Why not choose a fat that boots your health while delivering so much energy?
- One quarter (24.4 %) of rapeseed oil is made up of the indispensable polyunsaturated fatty acids! By comparison,the infamous olive oil only contains approximately 9 %.
- An increased intake of long-chain Omega 3 fatty acids reduces the triglyceride levels in your blood and blood pressure as well, which helps to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
- Polyunsaturated fatty acids have a positive effect on your cholesterol level, as they reduce the harmful LDL cholesterol.
- Rapeseed oil contains 23.3 mg vitamin E per 100 g – this is more than double as much as olive oil contains. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant and protector of our cells.
- Rapeseed oil provides many Omega 3 fatty acids. You would have to eat 1.5 kg of trout to obtain the same quantity of Omega 3 fatty acids in one tablespoon (10 g) of rapeseed oil!
- Rapeseed oil can be heated to a relatively high temperature (smoking point: 165 °C)
- It tastes delicious!
- Rapeseed oil has the ideal ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids and is therefore perfectly suitable for athletes and children.
Rapeseed oil has the ideal ratio? What does that mean?
A particular feature here is, again, the Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Both fatty acids are important, but it is all about the right balance –this is where rapeseed oil shines! Omega 3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect, Omega 6 fatty acids, however, are promoting inflammation in the body. Hence, the correct ratio is key. For every 1 g of “good” Omega 3 fatty acids, you should have a maximum of 5 g of “bad” Omega 6 fatty acids in any oil. This is the nutritional physiology recommendation. Rapeseed oil has a ratio of 1:2.6! Rapeseed oil is therefore highly recommended! To put things into perspective: Sunflower oil has a ratio of 1:120!
Enjoy our delicious HERMANN products while at the same time improving your health.