As a feature of this blog I would like to highlight certain products that I am using in my cooking, for either great taste or health benefits. The first one is cold pressed rapeseed oil.
I tend to do a lot of pan frying when in a hurry, even if it’s just sauteing up some onions for a pasta dish, so wanted to find what was the healthiest oil to cook with. Rapeseed oil scores highly as it has the lowest saturated fat of any oil. It is made using only the rapeseed kernel, giving the oil a high purity. It is rich in the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, which the body cannot make itself and so needs to be found in our food, usually oily fish. It can be used for all types of cooking and with a slightly nutty taste is also great in salad dressings. In addition, it has a higher burning point than many other oils, so maintains its health benefits even at high temperatures when used for pan frying. The benefits continue as it is cheaper than a similar quality olive oil and is produced locally in the UK, so you can feel good about lowering your shopping carbon footprint while making a healthy choice at the same time!