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by Sam Fairs, January 8, 2017
Vitamin E is found in all kinds of foods – including spinach, kale and almonds – but plant oils are one of the richest sources of this health-boosting nutrient. Not only is Vitamin E great for your skin, eyes and hair, but it gives your immune system a boost as well. Further reading about Vitamin E >
Essential fatty acids including omega-3 and omega-6 are vital for our health, ensuring our brain, respiratory system and circulatory system are all functioning properly. Research shows that we should be consuming omega-6 and omega-3 at a ratio of 2:1 – the exact ratio found in Hillfarm cold-pressed rapeseed oil. Further reading about Omega 3 and Omega 6 >
One tablespoon of olive oil contains around 1.6g of saturated fat, while rapeseed oil has less than half of this amount at around 0.7g. And it may surprise you to learn that coconut oil contains a whopping 12g of saturated fat per tablespoon! Rapeseed oil has the lowest amount of saturated fat than any other oil, making it a heart-friendly option. It also contains high levels of polyunsaturated fat, which has been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol in the body. Further reading about oils & saturated fat >
If you’re cooking with oil, it’s important to find one with a high smoke point to make sure the nutrients and taste are preserved, and harmful free-radicals are not released. Rapeseed oil has a much higher smoke point compared with alternatives such as olive oil, butter and sunflower oil, which makes it healthier too. Further reading about smoke points >
You can find out more about the health benefits of rapeseed oil on our dedicated healthy eating page. And to inspire your cooking, we’ve got lots of delicious (and sometimes surprising!) recipes using Hillfarm cold-pressed rapeseed oil. Don’t forget to share pictures with us via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – we love to see our oil in action!