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What You Should Know About the Differences between Cold-Pressed and Other Kinds of Oils

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Vegetable oils are extracted using a variety of techniques including cold pressing and solvent extraction as the most common methods

Cold-pressed oil refers to a type of oil extracted through mechanical techniques without using heat or chemical solvents, resulting in an oil that still contains essential fatty acids (including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids), natural antioxidants, sterols (which lower “bad” cholesterol), and other nutrients having flavor, smell, color, and high nutritional value. These properties make cold-pressed oil very effective in preventing diseases (cardiovascular, neural, hepatic, and kidney diseases, Alzheimer’s disease) with health benefits for skin, hair, and maintaining blood pressure at good levels. On the other hand, solvent-extracted oils lose their flavor, smell, and a part of their healthy substances due to chemical and thermal processes of extraction, resulting in a much lower quality compared to cold-pressed oils
Today’s growing public awareness of adverse effects of chemicals used in solvent extraction has increased the demand for cold-pressed oils. In general, cold-pressed oils have higher quality than their solvent-extracted counterparts, and as they are free of trans-fatty acids and rich in natural antioxidants, they are highly recommended for having a healthy diet in households