5 Easy and Fast Recipes

Fresh Swiss Chard

By now, some of you have picked up a copy of our recipe fold-out from visiting us at a BC Farmer’s Market. Salad dressing ideas such as Vegan Caesar, Classic French, and Thousand Island are just a few made-from-scratch ideas we put on the card. If you haven’t received one of these yet, make sure you come visit us this summer at a farmer’s market and we’ll be more than happy to oblige.

5 Easy and Fast Recipes using cold pressed oils

Yet, as addictive as Ostro’s Universal Salad and Stir Fry Sauce is, or as delicious as the Feta-Watermelon Salad with Ostro Hazelnut Oil, I expect that not all of our customers want to blend that many ingredients together for a healthy meal.

Let’s face it! We have to pick up the kids from school and help with homework, or maybe you have a work deadline looming in the near future. So if you are in a hurry, here are 5 Easy and Fast Recipes using Ostro Organics culinary Oils.

These recipes save time because they don’t need to be measured out and can be just thrown together. If you like these recipes, do pick up our recipe card and look for the Italian Dressing recipe or the Raw Chocolate Coconut Bark which both take mere minutes at home.

1) Out-the-Door, Rice with Ostro Pumpkin Seed Oil

When I know I have a crazy week ahead of me, I’ll prepare some white basmati rice, enough for a few days’ portions so I can make a quick lunch on the fly. You don’t need to measure the dressing. Add the soy sauce and the Ostro Pumpkin oil in roughly equal amounts and to taste.

Rice ingredients:
Boil 1 C White Basmati Rice, rinsed
with 1.5 C water.
Bring to a boil. Then turn off the stove and let it sit with the lid on for 20 minutes.

Sauce ingredients:
Ostro Organics Pumpkin Seed Oil
Japanese Soy Sauce (Chinese soy sauce is too dark and salty. If Chinese soy sauce is all you have, go lighter on the soy sauce and heavier on the Pumpkin Seed Oil)

Dish 1/3 of rice into a Tupperware container and pour Japanese soy sauce and Ostro Organics Pumpkin oil over it (perhaps 1-1.5 tblsp of each). If you have a bit more time, add whatever is on hand – grated fresh carrots, grated fresh beets, tofu cubes, pumpkin seeds or almonds or cashews – use up what’s in the fridge and has to go. Make sure you bring a fork. This recipe is also good with stir-fried or otherwise cooked vegetables.

And go… RUN!! You will make it on time!

Fast carrot ginger soup with Habanero chili oil

2) Fast Carrot Soup

Organic carrots are one of those things I always have in my fridge because they go in so many recipes such as curries, soups, and salads. Skip peeling them for this recipe! Simply wash any dirt off and trim off the green.

Ingredients:
6 large carrots, washed and green trimmed off
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger (or 1 tsp dried ginger powder)
water, just barely enough to cover the carrots
1 tbsp or to taste vegetable or meat soup stock; powdered or concentrate paste); if you only have a carton of regular non-concentrated soup stock, use it instead of the water)

Garnish:
Ostro Organics Habanero Chili Oil or Ostro Borage Oil in a swirl on top

You will need:
A hand blender

Place the coarsely chopped carrots and the ginger in a pot and add just enough water to barely cover the carrots so that the carrots are sticking out of the water a little. Bring to a mad boil until carrots are soft. Then add any brand vegetable or meat stock powder or concentrated soup stock to the water. (Use as much to taste or, as according to the instructions on the broth). Use a hand blender to purée the carrots into a creamy soup. Adjust the water and soup stock if you need to.

Pour in a bowl and finish the soup by swirling Ostro Organics Habanero Chili Oil or Ostro Organics Borage Seed Oil or both on top!

3) Warm Cauliflower Salad

Ingredients:
1 head of Cauliflower
2 tsp Cumin (not powdered, but the entire pods)
approximately 1 tbsp Ostro Organics Poppy Seed Oil or Almond Oil
approximately 1.5 tsp white vinegar

Cut cauliflower into course chunks add to a pot with the cumin seeds (you can steam it instead of boiling if you prefer). Boil for 3-4 minutes or until soft and tender. Drain. Place in a bowl and toss with Ostro Organics Poppy Seed Oil and white vinegar. Stir, taste and adjust oil and vinegar. It will be liquid-y at the bottom of the bowl. Serve warm.

Tasty traditional popcorn made with fresh Ostro Organics Coconut Oil

4) Popcorn

Ingredients:
2 tbsp Ostro Organics Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1/2 Cup popcorn kernels
salt
doubles and triples nicely!

You will need:
a large saucepan or pot with a thick bottom and a tight fitting lid

Add 2 tbsp Ostro Organics Coconut oil to the pan. Turn the stove top temperature to medium-high. Wait for all of the oil to melt and use a spatula or flipper to cover the entire base of the pot. Then add 2 or 3 popcorn kernels only and wait until you hear them pop.

Now add the rest of the popcorn kernels and put the lid on tightly. Wait until you start to hear the popcorn popping. When there is more than a second between pops. Turn off the stove heat and keep the lid on. ……

Now find a great movie and enjoy the popcorn while still warm!

Fresh Swiss Chard
Swiss Chard aka Mangold

5) Swiss Chard

This is one of my favorite family Italian recipes from growing up. When Swiss Chard is in season, make lots and store it in the fridge in a casserole dish and transfer some every day to your Tupperware for lunches. This makes an amazing side dish. It’s also great on rice so you can take some of your white basmati rice and add it to this for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:
2 large bunches (or more!) Swiss chard, washed (no need to dry them) and coarsely chopped
2 large tomatoes, diced
4-5 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed and diced

For the pan:
Either 1.5 tbsp Ostro Organics Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is best or Ostro Organics Raw Sesame Oil or Ostro Sunflower Seed Oil as these handle the heat

Finish:
1 tbsp Ostro Organics Almond Oil or Ostro Organics Poppy Seed Oil or more Sunflower Oil
1 tbsp water

Add Ostro Organics Coconut oil to a large pan on medium-high heat. If using Ostro Organics Raw Sesame Oil or Raw Sunflower Oil, heat the pan to medium heat. Using a spatula, cover the entire pan with the oil. When warm, add the crushed garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Now add the Swiss chard in batches. Add more as it wilts and you can fit more in the pan.

Note: If ever the Swiss chard or garlic begins to stick to the pan, add a little water to stop it from sticking.

When all the Swiss chard is in the pan, add the diced tomatoes and cook until all Swiss Chard is soft (about another 10 minutes). Turn off the heat and add salt & pepper to taste and some more Ostro Organics Poppy Seed Oil or Almond Oil or Sunflower Oil. If there’s no water left at the bottom of the pan, add another 1 tbsp water. This should be a little juicy!

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Oil Pulling: What Is It, and Does It Really Work?

Oil Pulling: What Is It, and Does It Really Work?

Are you oil pulling yet?

Oil pulling is a growing trend in the alternative health community. But this practice isn’t new: Oil pulling is actually a traditional health remedy from India, where it’s long been used to correct various imbalances in the body.

Part of the ancient Ayurveda system of medicine, oil pulling involves swishing oil in the mouth for a period of 10-20 minutes. The oil is then spit out. The idea behind oil pulling is simple: by swishing with oil for a few minutes each day, you can help improve your oral health by cleansing the mouth of bad bacteria.

If you’re looking to upgrade your dental health, consider making oil pulling a regular part of your oral hygiene routine.

 

How Does It Work?

Oil pulling is simple: just take a tablespoon of oil in your mouth – typically coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil – and swish or pull it around and through your teeth. After 10-20 minutes of swishing, you spit out the oil. In the process, the oil transforms from clear to milky white, as it fills with bacteria and other waste from the mouth.

A number of recent studies confirm that oil pulling can help with plaque buildup, gingivitis, bad breath, and other problems caused by a bacterial imbalance in the mouth. In fact, one study demonstrated that oil pulling is as effective at combating halitosis as strong antibacterial mouthwashes.

Oil pulling works because the bacteria that inhabit the mouth are covered with a layer of fat, which naturally adheres to the oil when they come in contact. This is why spitting out the oil at the end is so important: it’s loaded with bacteria!

 

How Often Should I Oil Pull?

If you’re actively working to improve a dental condition like gingivitis, receding gums, or tooth decay, oil pulling daily is highly recommended. When just starting out with oil pulling, begin with only 5 minutes at a time, and slowly work up to 20 minutes. If your jaw aches while oil pulling, you’re working too hard — a gentle swishing through the teeth is all that’s necessary.

When you’re ready to spit, aim for the nearest trash can. The sink might feel like the natural choice, but oil can lead to clogged pipes over time. 

 

What Type of Oil Should I Use?oil pulling with Sunflower Oil 100ml oil pulling with coconut oil

oil pulling with Sesame Oil 100mlSeveral different types of oil can be used for oil pulling, each offering different health benefits.

 

Sesame oil is the traditional choice for oil pulling, and is thought to be a good choice for improving symptoms of dry mouth or oral inflammation.

Sunflower oil offers the same benefits as sesame oil, but with a much milder flavor. Reach for sunflower oil if you’d prefer your oil not have a strong taste.

Coconut oil is growing quickly in popularity, and offers unique antimicrobial benefits due to the high concentrations of lauric acid in this oil. One study showed that oil pulling with coconut oil helped reduce the number of Streptococcus Mutans in the mouth, the bacteria thought to be responsible for gum disease and dental decay. For optimal cavity prevention, swish with coconut oil.

Essential oils, like tea tree oil, can be added to your oil in tiny amounts for an extra antibacterial boost. Add a single drop of essential oil to 1 Tbsp. sesame, sunflower, or coconut oil, and swish as usual.

 

A Quick Word of Caution

While oil pulling can offer great benefits for dental health, remember that oil pulling is not a replacement for brushing or flossing, or for regular visits to the dentist. You may find that right before you brush your teeth in the morning is an optimal time to practice oil pulling, as you can then brush away any oily residue.

5Ways Healthy Fats Can Help You Detox

5Ways Healthy Fats Can Help You Detox

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Modern humans live in a toxic world. Since the early 20th century, tens of thousands of new chemical compounds have infiltrated our air, drinking water, and soil.  While most people think of chemical spills when they hear the phrase “toxic exposure,” the truth is that for most people, exposure to toxins is much more gradual. We are exposed to tiny amounts of toxins day after day, through the food we eat and the air we breathe. These can eventually build up in the body and have far-reaching consequences on our health.

While environmental toxins might be the most obvious, toxins can also come from inside the body. Internal toxins can include things like waste products from normal cell function, and excess hormones that the body is having trouble eliminating.

The biggest misconception about detoxing is that certain foods and vitamins detox for us.  But the truth is that our cells naturally detoxify themselves every minute of every day. If this process did not happen continuously, we would quickly die.

However, our bodies do need special fuel to help that detox process: Healthy fats, high quality protein, plenty of fiber, and abundant fruits and vegetables are some of the best tools we have for ensuring our cells are detoxing as they should.

High quality plant fats can go a long way towards protecting your organs of elimination, and ensuring your detox mechanisms are humming along smoothly. Here are 5 reasons why healthy fats are an important part of your detox journey:Detox

  1. Healthy Fats Allow You to Use Vitamins A, D, E, and K

Vitamins A, D, E, and K are known as “fat-soluble vitamins” because you need dietary fat to absorb them properly. Proper nutrient balance is critical for a healthy detox process.  Make sure to include healthy fats with every meal to help ensure you can utilize all the nutrition in your food. Try drizzling a tablespoon of cold-pressed oil over your veggies, or stirring a tablespoon of flax oil into your soup before serving.

 

  1. Healthy Fats Keep Inflammation at Bay

Inflammation halts nutrient-rich blood in its tracks, slowing down circulation and the delivery of detox-boosting nutrients all over the body. Fats in the omega-3 family are particularly important for inhibiting inflammation. Walnut oil, flax oil, and hemp seed oil are all great sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3s, in addition to fatty fish like salmon.

 

  1. Healthy Fats Speed Up Bowel Motility

One of the most important toxin elimination pathways is through the colon. When stool sits too long in the colon (constipation), toxins that were on the road to elimination can be re-absorbed back into the bloodstream. This leads to a much greater burden on your liver, since it has to work twice as hard to clear these toxins out a second time.

Essential fatty acids, which are found in many cold-pressed plant oils, help promote bowel regularity by helping to soothe inflammation. Healthy fats can also boost digestive motility, gently speeding up the movement of waste through the large intestine.

 

  1. Fats Rich in Vitamin E Help Protect the Liver

Vitamin E is one of the most important nutrients for promoting detox. Found in nuts, seeds, leafy greens, sesame oil, and almond oil, Vitamin E protects cells from dangerous free radicals and can help support detox from dental fillings and xenobiotics.

 

  1. Healthy Fats Support Hormone Balance

Excess hormones are one of the biggest sources of internal toxins. Essential fatty acids, found in many cold-pressed seed oils, help regulate the production of stress hormones (like cortisol) and sex hormones (like estrogen). Evening primrose oil is particularly good for balancing female hormones.

 

Ketogenic Diet- Facts 101 And How Ostro Oils Rock

DietDid You Know This Diet Was Created To Treat Epilepsy In Children

According to WebMD experts the Ketogenic Diet is a specialty high-fat, low carbohydrate, and moderate protein diet that forces your body to burn fat instead of glucose, which it prefers. When you don’t have the glucose available your body and brain really have no choice.
People that want to lose weight and build muscle quickly opt for this diet for short periods of time.

Note: If you have diabetes or aren’t very familiar with healthy eating you should use this diet under the watchful eye of your healthcare provider.

What Can You Eat?

The rule of thumb is keeping your carb intake below 50 grams per day, which is extremely low for most people. If you are extremely active you can push this up a touch and still force your body into ketosis.

Up to 70% of your calories will come from good fat, 25% from complete protein, and 5% from good carbs. Which is very opposite to the usual American diet, which is typically about 15% protein, 20% fat, and a whopping 65% carbohydrates, and usually the unhealthy refined ones.

You can eat fish, meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, non-starch veggies, nuts, a little fruit, and oils.

Organic essential oils play a huge role in the Ketogenic Diet plan.

This diet is not dangerous as many people believe. The main caution is if you are diabetic and you force yourself into diabetic ketosis. If you follow this diet plan and you have no pre-existing conditions, you should have no issues. Beware that you may be a little grumpy and irritable for awhile because you are shocking your system that’s used to surviving off carbs.

Check out this awesome essential oil Cobb salad.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 cup diced chicken
  • 1 hardboiled egg sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 1/2 cup diced cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced ham
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 3 tablespoons pure pumpkin seed oil
  • 4 tbsp sunflower seeds

Directions

Toss everything together, drizzle with pumpkin seed oil, sprinkle with sunflower seeds, and serve.

When you are using premium unrefined organic essential oils you are giving your body the best nutrition possible. The Ketogenic Diet has lots of room for organic oils that will help boost your metabolism and support optimal weight loss and energy gain in the big picture of life!

Enjoy!

Blood Type Diet – The Facts And How Ostro Oils Benefit

Coconut Oil

Do You Need Scientific Truth?

This diet is based on the premise that certain blood types have certain characteristics that benefit from eating certain types of foods. As with most diets some people swear by this diet and others are skeptical. In large part because some nutrients may be lacking for certain people following the Blood Type Diet.

Here are the facts according to positivemed.com.

Type O – Generally have a strong immune system that is resistant to disease.
Yes Foods – High protein foods including lean meat and fish, nuts and seeds, and colorful vegetables and fruits.
No Foods – Beans, wheat, corn, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
Helpful Foods – Seafood, salt, spinach, broccoli, and kelp.

Type A – Generally adapt well with food and environmental changes. People with this blood type also have a fairly strong immune system and are able to break down most nutrients quite easily.
Yes Foods – A vegetarian diet is recommended with plenty of fresh veggies, seafood, tofu, beans, fruit, whole grains, and legumes.
No Foods – Meats, dairy, beans, and wheat.
Helpful Foods – Veggies oil, any soy foods, and fresh fruits.

Type B – People with this blood type usually have a good immune system with optimal adaptability, and balanced nervous system function.
Yes Foods – Meat but no chicken, fruits and veggies, whole grains, beans, lentils, and dairy.
No Foods – Peanuts, lentils, corn, wheat, and sesame seeds.
Helpful Foods – Spinach, Romaine lettuce, kale, tea, liver, and eggs.

Type AB – This blood type has great immune system function because it’s essentially a combination of A and B blood type.
Yes Foods – Moderate amounts of lean meat, dairy, tofu, seafood, while grains, beans, fruits and veggies, and nuts.
No Foods – All red meat, corn, seeds, seafood, dairy, kidney beans, and Lima beans.
Helpful Foods – Dairy, seafood, dark green veggies, tofu, pineapple, and seaweed.

This is a bit of a difficult diet plan to follow because there is no one food group or type of food that is good across the board. So you need to really pay attention to the foods listed under your blood type and make sure you look internally within certain food groups to figure out what works best for your system.

Your best plan of action is to focus on one type of food at a time within your blood group food list and see how your mind and mind respond. Keep in mind you need to make sure you get your healthy fats each day on any diet, and essential organic oils work for the Blood Group Diet plan.
Choose from coconut oil, almond oil, poppy seed oil, walnut oil, or sesame oil to start.

Here’s a simple recipe for you that will fit into any of the 4 separate eating guidelines.

Veggie Stir-Fry With Organic Almond Oil

Ingredients (Serves Four)

  • 1 cup thinly slice carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced peppers
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup water chestnuts
  • 1/2 cup diced avocado
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened toasted coconut
  • 4 tbsp. organic almond oil

Directions

  • Set fry pan on low-medium heat and add organic almond oil
  • Add veggies, sunflowers seeds and coconut – cook 4-5 minutes
  • Toss in avocado and serve

All-natural organic oils are an excellent way to make sure you get the healthy fat you need each day to fight off disease, burn fat and calories, and make sure you build your body and mind strong. Make sure you get yours today to support optimal long-term health and wellness!

Paleo Diet – The Facts And How Ostro Oils Fit In

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Just Think Caveman Eating

Huffington Post experts agree this hunter-gatherer diet is one of the most logical diets out there. It’s pretty simple to follow and is focused on giving your body the raw fuel it needs to perform and maintain good health.

Complete whole protein is the focus every meal with proper portions in mind, and a plate full of healthy all-natural fruit and veggie carbohydrates. You need the protein for muscle building, brain power, cell health, and energy, and the carbs for long-term energy. All while incorporating healthy good fat into your diet. This includes essential all-natural raw organic oils, like peanut oil, poppy seed oil, coconut oil, and almond oil for instance. With the exception of coconut oil, these unsaturated healthy fats will help your body function optimally.

Note – Coconut oil is one of the only saturated fats that’s considered extremely beneficial to your health and well-being, in moderation of course. Keep in mind one serving of fat is 1-2 tbsp. of essential oil, 1/4 of an avocado, 4-5 olives, or just 1-2 tbsp. of dressing.

Basic Paleo Facts

  • Paleo Diet helps ease digestive system issues because you’re eliminating bloaty grains, dairy products, and legumes. All of which often seem to often have a negative impact on optimal digestive health.
  • Reduces overall inflammation to help decrease serious disease triggers like cancer. Research shows sugar makes cancer cells divide uncontrollably. The Paleo diet eliminates these glucose-based carbs which helps starve cancer.
  • When you cut out processed sugars and refined carbs you unleash all-natural energy you knew you had.
  • Keeps blood sugar stable and this decreases mood swings and energy spikes, and decreases your risk of developing diabetes.

When you are looking to cook with oils you should opt for an essential oil that has a high smoke point. This means it’s not going to lose it’s nutritional value by heating it too much. Coconut oil, almond oil, peanut oil, olive oil, and flaxseed oil, are great options.

 

Here’s a healthy Salsa Baked Chicken recipe made with unrefined organic coconut oil that’s both healthy and tasty.

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

  • 2 organic chicken breasts without the skin
  • 4 tbsp. unrefined organic coconut oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh basil and oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tomato diced
  • 1/4 cup pineapple diced

Directions

  • In a dish combine organic coconut oil (liquid) with fresh herbs – let marinate covered in fridge for 1-2 hours for best results.
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees Celsius.
  • Place chicken on baking tray and cover the chicken with tinfoil to help keep the moisture in.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until juices run clear
  • Combine tomato and pineapple and scoop onto chicken and serve.

A super simple way to fit those essential oils into your healthy Paleo Diet way of eating. Get creative and enjoy!

Fasting With Healthy, Raw, Fresh Oils

Fresh Oil

Benefits Of Fasting And How To Do It

Intermittent fasting or occasional fasting is a great way to give your body he ability to run clean. According to Men’s Journal, calorie restriction nearly doubles the life expectancy in rodents; and a study on monkeys showed am increased resistance to mental decline and other serious disease like cancer and heart disease.

*Fitness Gain And Weight Loss

We all know sugar is related to weight gain. When you fast and exercise your body is in a supercharged state where your metabolism is blasting fat like mad. Studies show your body adapts during periods of deprivation and works harder to build muscle too.

This doesn’t mean your body can tolerate hours of training during your calorie restriction, but up to 45 minutes is considered a good thing.

*Protection From Cancer

When you are fasting your body slip dinosaur protective mode. Cancerous cells metastasize with glucose as their fuel source and when you remove feel with fasting, you interfere with he cancer development.

*Protects Nerves and Increases Longevity

When you fast you increase BDNF, a protein that’s important for protecting you from age-related cognitive degeneration and learning.

*Removes Dangerous Toxins Interfering With Good Health

We live in a world far from what Mother Nature intended. We eat all sorts of additives and preservatives that your body stores because it doesn’t know how to get rid of them. The air we breathe is often loaded with poisons and smoking, drinking, and drug use are other lifestyle habits that pollute from the inside out, Throw all this together and your body is fighting a losing battle.

By fasting you’re giving your body the means to purge these harmful toxins that are interfering with your sleep, energy, thinking, and overall health. It’s a chance o help your body run clean.

Fasting With Coconut Oil

livestrong.com reports that coconut oil comes from he flesh of the coconut by taking the all-natural oil from the coconut milk or the flesh that’s compressed and or shredded. It’s excellent for cooking, cosmetics, and medical purposes.

Coconut oil is stable and has a long shelf life. It boosts energy and provides the body with fatty acids essential to good health.

It can also serve as a cleansing agent because of its diuretic effects.

First…

Make sure you buy organic unrefined all-natural coconut oil that hasn’t been bleached or deodorized like refined oils with less nutrients.

Second…

Consume 2 tablespoons of pure coconut oil about every 2 hours. Don’t exceed 14 tablespoons per day because that may upset your stomach. Keep in mind you may want to stop about 3-4 hours before bed because this will boost energy levels and make it hard to sleep.

Add to this lemon water with a little sea salt throughout the day to keep you hydrated and aid in the cleanse. You can also eat up to 4 ounces of fresh coconut fresh to help support good bacteria in the body.

This process provides your body with the energy and the ability to purge your body of harmful toxins just by consuming these 4 items.

Third…

Most people follow this fast for 3-7 days; but no more than that without the approval of your doctor.

This is a pretty straight forward way to give your body a bit of a break, get rid of poisons built up, and reset your energy levels higher.

Fasting with raw healthy organic fresh oil is the natural way to purge your body and mind of toxic buildup and help give you the energy and clean running system you need to maintain optimal health.

Time for you to fas with essential oils and feel the difference; mind, body and soul.

Saturated Fats, Mono Unsaturated Fats Debunked

Coconut Oil Truths

Coconut Oil Truths

Fats are essential to life according to Healthy Living experts. You need fat for optimal brain function, cell division and function, to protect internal organs, and to keep you warm. Fat is also essential for absorbing fat soluble vitamins.

Where people run into trouble is knowing which type of fat they should consume, saturated or unsaturated, and how much.

All you need to maintain a healthy body weight, encourage optimal metabolic function, and to keep you healthy, is 2-3 servings per day; most of which you will get just eating a healthy diet.

Let’s have a look at the main types of fat, serving sizes, and the truth about the one saturated fat that’s incredibly healthy for you; coconut oil.

Saturated and Trans Fat Truths

  • Research shows saturated fat raises LDL or bad cholesterol. When you have high levels of LDL cholesterol you increase your risk of stroke, heart disease, and numerous other serious illnesses.
  • Trans fat is a synthetic or “fake” fat that’s often found in processed fast food. Things like cakes, cookies and pastries, crackers, donuts, deep fried food, chips, chocolate bars and candy. Trans fat is cheaper to use that other fats and this partially hydrogenated fat raises bad cholesterol (LDL) and lowers good cholesterol (HDL).
  • VIP – If a product has less than .2 grams of trans fat per serving it can be labeled free of trans fat, according to healthycanadians.gc.ca.
  • Natural saturated fats in small amounts, found in beef, chicken, pork, and other animals, is  believed to help lower your cancer risk, according to WebMD. However, our problem is with overconsumption in combination with an unhealthy lifestyle in general. Makes for a poisonous combination.
  • Other sources of saturated fat include: coconut, palm oil, butter, cheese, milk and other dairy products, shortening and lard.

Unsaturated Fat Facts

  • This fat is usually liquid at room temperature.
  • Common unsaturated fats are from fish; like salmon, tuna, and herring; along with nuts and vegetable oils. All-natural organic unrefined oils are your best choice.
  • Unsaturated fats give your body the essential fatty acids it requires for optimal health that it can’t make on its own.
  • These fats can easily be incorporated into your diet with organic oil salad dressing and sauces; grilled, steamed one broiled fish; and increasing your intake of healthy seeds, nuts, avocado, and olives.

Coconut Oil Truths

  • Coconut oils is a saturated fat with numerous health benefits, including: hair care, skin care, strengthened immunity, digestion improvement, and so much more.
  • It’s safe for fighting wrinkles than accompany the regular again process.
  • Studies show it has anti-aging properties to help battle infections, eczema, psoriasis, and numerous other skin ailments according to organicfacts.net.
  • Coconut oil has about 50% lauric acid, which helps deter heart conditions; it also helps prevent atherosclerosis.

*It has medium chain fatty acids which aids in weight loss. Studies also show it triggers a reduction in abdominal obesity.

The micro bacterial properties in this fat help control fungi and support better digestion.

  • Helps prevent and dissolves kidney stones.
  • Aid in the prevention of liver disease.
  • Aids if blood sugar regulation.
  • Increases your ability to absorb minerals
  • Better teeth because coconut oil increase calcium absorption.

Fat Serving Size

  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil, peanut oil, hemp oil, or grape seed oil
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 4-5 olives
  • 6-8 ounce serving of grilled salmon gives you 1 serving of healthy unsaturated fat
  • 1/4 cup nuts

By eating a healthy diet you should naturally get all the healthy fat you need. Drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of organic oil-based dressing, sprinkle 1/4 cup slivered almonds on your stir-fry or oatmeal, or spread a couple crackers with a smear of avocado paste.

Take control of your health by making sure you get organic oil and coconut oil into your day!

Hemp Oil, Benefits, uses, explain no THC in seeds (only in bud)

Hemp oil

Hemp Oil Free Of THC

What is hemp oil?

Seedguides.info reports hemp oil is derived or extracted from the hemp plant. In practice it’s only the industrial hemp that’s used to make hemp oil. This just means the hemp has been grown specifically for hemp oil and has minimal to no psychoactive substances like THC.

*The best hemp oil is processes from the seeds.

When you purchased cold pressed hemp oil it hasn’t been refined, is green in color, and has a deep nutty flavor. When you take the oil out of it’s natural state and start refining it the oil has no color or flavor.

Nutrition and Health Benefits

  • Hemp oil contains good fat, or polyunsaturated fatty acids. Your body doesn’t produce this healthy unsaturated fat but it needs it. Your mind and body require these fatty acids for energy and brain function.
  • Hemp seed oil is stamped as “Mother Nature’s perfectly balanced raw oil.” With a 3-1 ratio Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows this is exactly what your body needs to promote long-term health.
  • Protection against serious illness. Studies show most illnesses are triggered by deficiencies in essential fatty acids and hemp seed oil helps prevent this.
  • This oil provides a large dose of antioxidants, phospholipids, phytosterols, carotene, along with various minerals including magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, sulfur, and phosphorus.
  • Hemp seed oil is also a nice source of chlorophyll.
  • Your skin will benefit from the fatty acids that provide nutrients to nourish your skin. Since it’s all-natural there are no side effects. The anti-aging qualities of this oil help the skin look younger.
  • This oil helps with the prevention and treatment of skin conditions like edema, rashes, and extremely dry skin.
  • It’s great in shampoos and conditioners for hair and scalp nourishment to help thicken hair and deter dandruff.
  • Hemp oil has alpha-linolenic acid which supports organ function. It also helps prevent cardiovascular disease and various forms of arthritis, along with strengthening artery function.
  • This oil also has about 25% protein and the chemical structure of hemp helps with protein digestion.

Bottom line is you can’t live without them.

It’s safe to say the North American Diet is deficient in essential fatty acids because we choose to overload on unhealthy processed fast foods, with a high consumption of animal fat versus healthier plant fat.

In other words, we chose the greasy burger and deep fried chicken wings over the steamed organic veggies and broiled salmon.

Hemp Oil Uses

  • Soaps
  • Paint
  • Lubricants
  • Body creams or skin creams
  • Supplement
  • Biodiesel or as a replacement for petroleum
  • Hemp oil can be used to make plastics instead of petroleum
  • Salad dressing, sauces, garnish, and baking

Make Note: Unrefined hemp oil is very unstable and doesn’t have a long shelf life. It should be stored in a dark container in the refrigerator but the oil still goes bad quickly. Hemp oil has a very low smoking point, so it shouldn’t be used for cooking, just warmed at best. It’s a give-take relationship because you can buy refined hemp oil that lasts longer on the shelf, however you will lose many of the health benefits because it’s not all-natural premium organic oil.

How much do you need per day?

Just 1-2 tablespoons will suffice according to Prevention magazine experts.

It’s super easy to add cold pressed hemp oil to to diet each day. Drizzle it on your salad or stir-fry, use it as a garnish, add it to your smoothie, or use it to make a dip. Time for you to get creatively healthy and enjoy the benefits of healthy fat organic hemp seed oil today!

Poppy seed oil, Health benefits and Uses

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Poppy Seed Oil Explained

 

Nutrition-and-you.com experts describe poppy seed oil as having a pleasant nutty flavor. And poppy seed oil is void of any of the sinister side effects of various other poppy plant products, like opium.

The poppy plant comes from Asia and the East Mediterranean; a biennial herb that belongs to the genus Papaver, with the scientific name Papaver somniferum.

Each poppy fruit head is about 5-6 cm long and 4 cm wide, and contains lots of tiny seeds that rattle in the confines of their dried encasing. These teeny tiny dark black seeds are used in baking, salads, as a condiment, and often pressed into poppy seed oil.

Health Benefits of Poppy Seed Oil

  • WebMD reports poppy seeds have powerful antioxidant properties that help to protect your body and mind from disease triggering free radicals; promoting great health.
  • About half of the poppy seed contains healthy essential volatile oils and fatty acids. Linoleic and oleic acid are two worth mentioning. Oleic acid supports lower bad cholesterol and higher good cholesterol, LDL and HDL respectively. Studies show the Mediterranean diet which is loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids, decreases the risk of strokes and heart disease in the big picture of health and wellness.
  • One product of cholesterol, bile salts, helps to ensure proper fiber digestion and decreases the bad cholesterol in your blood.
  • They’re a great source of B vitamins; thiamin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, niacin, and folic acid. All of which are essential in the metabolizing of carbs and fats.
  • You’ll also get a good amount of minerals including potassium, copper, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and manganese. Your cell growth and development relies on zinc. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and heart rate. Manganese is essential for optimal anti-oxidant function.

VIP – What many people fail to recognize is that poppy seeds contain minute amounts of opium alkaloids that actually help calm your nervous system, ease irritability, and increase your natural pain tolerance. By no way are these levels dangerous or will they negatively affect your health. Scientific evidence that moderation is the key.

Interesting Poppy Seed Oil Uses

Throughout the 19th century poppy seed oil was used for a variety or reasons according to healthybenefitsof.com, including fuel for lamp oil, cooking oil, varnish, and to make soap and paint.

Today poppy seed oil is used for the same things, and add to that numerous pharmaceutical and culinary applications. Poppy seed oil is used as a pharmaceutical grade carrier for various drugs and it’s also added to olive and almond oils.

Of course we can’t forget the most important culinary uses, which are as a salad dressing, dip, or sauce base. Poppy seed oil makes for a fabulous healthy fat dressing.

Medicinal Purpose

For decades poppy seed oil has been used to treat tumors, This oil has similar properties to lipoidol, which is integral in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

Poppy seed oil is more stable than many other oils and less likely to turn rancid.

What’s Important To Note…

Not all oils are created equal and if you want the premium flavor and the healthy qualities of poppy seed oil you’ve got to use all-natural, organic, and unrefined oils, like Ostro Organics. If you use store bought remind oils you are losing essential vitamins, minerals, and healing and protective qualities through the destructive heating process.

Choose premium quality essential oils are you’re giving your body and mind the best!