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Everything you need to know about Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed oil also referred to as linseed oil or flax oil, is made from the seeds of flax plants. Though it is one of the least used cooking oils in both household and commercial kitchens, it has many powerful and effective health benefits against inflammation, heart disease, etc. It also lowers cholesterol and boosts digestive health. A recent study shows, that flaxseed also may be able to reduce the growth of certain types of cancer cells. After the ‘rumor’ (since it’s still, not a proven fact) outbroke, flaxseed has become one of the most popular SUPERFOODS recently.
Cold-pressed flaxseed oil is golden yellow and has a lower smoke point of 225°F which makes it unsuitable for high-heat cooking or frying. Flax oil has a bit of nutty flavor at room temperature but when heated up it loses its flavor and becomes much less appealing.
In this article, you’re going to discover the nutritional value and many health benefits of the oil. You will also learn, how to dispose expired flaxseed oil and how to recycle expired food grade flaxseed oil.
What is cold pressed flaxseed oil?
If we look into the history of linseed oil, we shall find out that it has been manufactured for thousands of years for its many health benefits. Cold-pressed flaxseed oil is extracted from dried flax seeds through grinding and cold pressing. To ensure its quality, cold-pressed flaxseed oil is manufactured below 48° C. And even after the oil is extracted and ready to use as cooking oil, flax oil has to be stored in a sealed jar. It is extremely sensitive to both heat and light therefore it always has to be stored in a cold and dark environment.
Flaxseed oil is the source of valuable and active compounds that benefit our health in many ways. The compounds flax oil contains are-
Omega-3 fatty acids: It is one of the most important nutrients that help to maintain a healthy body. Omega-3 fatty acid keeps the blood pressure in the normal range, reduces triglycerides, and also helps in preventing artery plaque therefore many heart diseases.
Proteins: Among different nutrients, protein is the most important of them. Replacing high-fat meat with a healthy form of protein can reduce cholesterol levels and the risks of cardiovascular diseases.
Fiber: Fiber in flaxseed oil helps in preventing digestive issues and constipation.
Phenolic compounds: Phenolic acids promote the anti-inflammatory capacity of human beings. Some recent researchers have found that phenolic compounds in linseed may also reduce the growth rate of certain types of cancer in the human body.
Flaxseed oils also contain different types of minerals including calcium and magnesium.
Usages of flax oil
Flaxseed oil has versatile usages. It can be used in salad dressings or as dips for chips or french fries. Many people serve flax oil in smoothies or shake to enhance the taste and flavor. Linseed oil has a really low smoke point and therefore if heated at a high temperature can form harmful compounds which are dangerous for humans. But flax oils can be used in cooking dishes that don’t require high heat.
Flax oils are often used on the skin to enhance skin health as a moisturizer and also as a hair mask as a beauty supplement.
Health benefits of consuming flaxseed oil
Flax seeds contain different nutrients including protein, fiber, fatty acid etc. that are very important for human health. Consuming flax oil also reduces appetite which helps in weight control.
Linseed oil has a wide range of usages from cooking to skin care and in medicine. Here are top 5 health benefits of flaxseed oil.
Flax oil is high in fatty acid such as Omega-3: Both flaxseed and oil extracted from contains omega-3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid), and contribution of omega-3 in keeping a heart healthy is unquestionable. On average, every tablespoon of linseed oil contains 7.1 mg of omega-3 which is quite impressive. Just a tablespoon of this oil can complete daily omega-3 needs. Omega-3 fatty acids also contribute in reducing inflammation, and protecting the brain against aging.
Phenolic compounds reduce growth of certain cancer cell: One of the recent research on Cancer revealed some pretty impressive information on flaxseed oil. Though the research was conducted on animals and still limited to test-tubes, there was some clear evidence that flax oil may be able to reduce the growth of certain types of Cancer (breast cancer and prostate cancer).
Improves heart health: Presence of highly concentrated omega-3 fatty acid in flaxseed oil improves the elasticity of the arteries. Decreases in elasticity is the root cause of aging and high blood pressure. Omega-3 fatty acids keeps the blood pressure in the normal range and improves heart health.
Improves skin health: Flaxseed oil works as a natural moisturizer to enhance skin health. It increases smoothness and hydration in skin and reduces irritation and roughness.
Works as an Anti-inflammatory: The fatty acid in flax oils helps to reduce inflammation while working as a natural anti-inflammatory.
When does flaxseed oil expires?
Flaxseed oil is one of the vegetable oils that restaurants mainly use as dressings on dishes instead of cooking. The oil can’t tolerate high temperatures because of its low smoke point. However, like other vegetable oils, flaxseed oil also has a fixed lifespan after which it doesn’t taste the same, and its nutrient value began to deplete. On average, this oil remains healthy and edible for one year if stored in a proper facility.
Fortunately, even when the oil expires, we can recycle those expired food grade oil into few usable goods. So, do not throw your expired oil away, hand over your used oil to our responsible hand to recycle.
Recycle expired food grade flaxseed oil with the Grease Company
Restaurants and commercial kitchens of all types often use flax oil in cooking and dressing dishes. Sometimes they end up with a lot of expired food-grade flax oil,
The Grease Company provides a comprehensive used cooking oil collection service for commercial kitchens in California. We collect expired food-grade oil, yellow grease, used oil, etc. to recycle and convert them into usable goods. If you’re looking for a reliable UCO collector in your area to hand over your used cooking oil, call TGC today. We’re fast, experienced, and dedicated to finding our customers the best possible service within their affordable budget.
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