If you every wondered about the difference between refined oil and cold-pressed oil then STOP because we have the answer for you. It is not surprising that people getting confused between the two. With a plethora of manufacturers claiming to sell cold-pressed oils, it is important for YOU the consumer to be able to tell the difference.
There are stark differences between cold-pressed oil and refined oil – right from how both are made to the effect they have on our body when used.
What is Cold Pressed Oil?
Cold pressing is the method of oil extraction from oil seeds which may include sesame seed, sunflower seeds, canola, coconut or olive without really using heat to extract as that may degrade the oil’s flavour and nutritional quality.
What is Refined Oil?
Refined oils, on the other hand, are extractions from oil seeds that cannot be pressed naturally for oil – the most common variety of such oil seeds are soybeans, sunflower, canola seed, etc. The only way to extract oil from such seeds is by chemical treatment and extensive refining with the application of heat.
Cold Pressed Oil vs. Refined Oil
Cold pressed oils are way healthier than refined oils. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, and oleic acid. Also, they are free from chemicals added to oils during refining process. They are also more aromatic and hence add more taste to the dishes.
Some of the properties of cold pressed oil are:
1. Cold-pressed oils retain all their original organic properties, including its fragrance, flavour and nutritional value.
2. Cold-pressed oils are great for the skin and help in keeping it healthy.
3. Cold-pressed oils due to its nature, don’t have a long shelf life, unlike refined oils.
Fogiene Sciences has decades of Experience & Expertise in testing different varieties of oils for adulteration and nutritional labelling.