We become what we consume!
Off late this fast paced lifestyle has had an negative impact on what we eat. Forget what we consume outside( 90 %garbage-literally) we now have started consuming junk at home too. Too much preservatives/additives/taste enhancers/unwanted chemicals have become the standard – compromising heavily on our health. Longer shelf life means unwanted additives. Oil is essential for our normal day to day functions.The oils available in the market are far from pure and full of unwanted(for our body) additives/preservatives/taste enhancers/bleaching….the list goes on. In the days gone by our ancestors never bought oil in packaged form – instead they used to get fresh oil as per needs never bothered about storing and always consumed fresh and healthy.
Mara Chekku – or freshly squeezed or cold pressed oil without additives is the norm today for those who desire a healthy consumption life style.Pure cold-pressed oil is not refined, processed or deodorised. “It is also rich in antioxidants, which boosts immunity. Cold pressed coconut oil also retains lauric acid, which has plenty of therapeutic benefits.”
The modern method of oil extraction involves supplying a lot of heat. The oilseed is first crushed, and the pulp is heated under pressure. As a result, almost all the oil is extracted.
The downside is that the oil is heated up to temperatures of 230 degree centigrade. Heating it to such high temperatures alters the properties of the oil molecules in unfavorable ways (Poly cyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons are formed at high temperatures which are carcinogenic) – and strips it off of its nutritional value.Cold pressed olive oil is rich in Vitamin E, which has anti-inflammatory, healing properties. It is a good source of oleic acid which strengthens the immune system.
Cold pressed coconut oil, despite its bad reputation, contains lauric acid, which fights against harmful pathogens. This compound is also found in human breast milk. According to this article, “Coconut oil contains a lot of medium chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently and can have therapeutic effects on several brain disorders.”
At low temperatures, the fatty acid bonds in the groundnut don’t get destroyed, keeping its heart-protecting abilities intact, along with vitamins and minerals. Groundnuts, with their high Niacin (of the Vitamin B family) content, help stabilize blood sugars”.
Cold-pressing eliminates all the harmful effects that arise from the conventional methods of oil extraction. The only problem with cold pressed oils is their short shelf-life. But even that can be addressed by storing the oil in clay pots thus enhancing the shelf life to almost a year. Chekku oil is traditionally supplemented with palm sugar or jaggery, which heightens its flavor and also its nutritional value.
So the case has been made out for swiching to chekku oils as against the packaged oils, Let us make a healthy choice and consume ,stay healthy,
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