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The Benefits of Using Avocado Oil in Cooking

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This edible oil makes an excellent cooking oil because of its high smoke point (up to 520 degrees F, 270 C, in fact). Avocado oil is pressed from the fleshy pulp around the avocado pit.

It is high in vitamin E and monounsaturated fat, and most of the fatty acids in this oil are monounsaturated oleic acid, the same omega-9 essential fatty acid found in olive oil which is believed to speed wound healing and cell regeneration, lower the risk of certain types of cancer, help with autoimmune diseases, and reduce inflammation in the body.

The vitamins, minerals and monounsaturated fatty acids in avocado oil help the digestive tract to process food efficiently, which is why some people like to cook with it to help prevent gas, bloating or heartburn. Oleic acid is resistant to oxidation so this type of oil can be stored for long periods of time without turning rancid.

Both unrefined and refined avocado oil can be used in baking, deep-frying, stir-frying, barbecuing, roasting, sautéing, searing, and almost any cooking method you can think of. It doesn’t break down when you are cooking at high temperatures, so it won’t lose its health benefits when heated, like some other oils do.

While olive oil offers a pungent, slightly bitter flavor that puts some people off, switching to avocado oil means you can enjoy a mild aroma, rich flavor and creamy texture. Avocado oil can be described as slightly nutty and buttery. It doesn’t taste like avocados but offers a light, smooth flavor.

It is perfect for pairing with mixed grilled vegetables. You can also use it in cooking marinades because it is fine when heated. Avocado oil is the healthiest oil you can choose for high heat cooking, and this versatile oil is also perfect for drizzling over salads.

The magical world of Mushrooms

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There are many mysteries surrounding the world of mushrooms, we eat them and love it, we integrate them in our kitchen but really we do not know a lot about them. One common mistake in our perception is that mushrooms are vegetables.

Mushrooms are not vegetables; they belong to a different and exciting world. Mushrooms are considered as eukaryotic organisms and by less complicated words –they are actually living organisms. Most mushrooms are multi-cellular organisms but there are also mushrooms that consist of only one cell, such as yeast. The mushrooms world is very diverse, and there are evidences of the existence of a hundred thousand species of mushrooms, that can be found in water, air and soil. The range of mushrooms is so large that there is even a separate area in biology dedicated to studying mushrooms called mycology.

Another mistake commonly made about mushrooms, is that they do not contain any nutritional value. This is a huge mistake because the mushroom is one of the healthiest foods we can use in our kitchen. In all kinds of mushrooms we can find capabilities for its healing diseases and various physical conditions. All mushrooms are fat free, cholesterol free, low in sodium and loaded with antibody-oxidants, vitamins, iron, zinc, minerals and all the best.

We all know the Portobello mushroom champignon, and like all other mushrooms they are also loaded with nutritional values and great taste. But you should also know a few other kinds of mushrooms that taste great and your body will be glad to know.

Mai-Taki mushroom

The Mai -Taki Mushroom comes from the East, where thousands of years ago the Japanese were unable to appreciate the virtues and the special taste. This mushroom is known for its ability to restore energy and vitality to the body and therefore called “dancing mushroom”. The Mai-Taki mushroom is known for its ability to prevent the development of cancer cells, maintaining the immune system and maintaining a balanced blood sugar. May-Taki mushroom can be used in sauces for pasta, soups, stews, and more.

Porcini mushrooms

Porcini mushrooms come from Italy, especially from Central Italy, Florence and its surroundings. Porcini mushroom has a strong and intense taste called umami. This mushroom usually comes to us dried form, but soaking them for  about 20 minutes in boiling water they return to its fleshy form. Combine porcini mushrooms in a variety of foods, steaming mushroom soup, pizza, meat dishes, sautéed mushrooms with garlic and herb bruschetta and more. Each dish will taste unique and addictive and enrich in antioxidants, antibodies against tumor cells, anti-inflammatory substances, zinc and B vitamins, especially B9 (folic acid).

Cooking and seasoning oil

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Oil, cooking oil, animal fat or vegetable, the health’s enemy advocates, the addiction of those wanting to get thinner and one of the most used products in our kitchen. For years the oil had a negative image, it’s full of cholesterol, increases the chances of stroke and heart attack, and of course, fattening. But nothing can be done and as we are living in modern times most of the foods which we consume during the day are fried or cooked with oil

So what can you do? After all, to avoid oil is almost impossible and undesirable, our body needs fatty acids that exist in oil, they help us produce amino acids such as omega three and omega six, there are certain types of oil that are an excellent source for  vitamin  E and A. So rather than take a radical step and avoid oil completely, you can choose the healthiest version. Our common kitchen oils are soybean and canola oil for frying and olive oil for seasoning. The benefits of canola oil and soybean oil are its durability in high temperatures, but in terms of health disadvantages outweigh the advantages. However there is no dispute about the many health benefits of olive oil, but it’s time to get to know some new stars.

Coconut oil – the coconut oil enters the list of super foods.  The coconut oil is a vegetable oil resistant at room temperature and therefore is the ultimate replacement for butter.

Coconut oil is indeed saturated fat but because it comes from plants is not accompanied by appendices such as cholesterol and other health disadvantages.  The Oil is a natural, not processed, easy to digest, and is resistant to high temperatures and therefore ideal for frying.  The aromatic taste of coconut oil should be considered as it may dominate the taste of your dish. In addition, you can use coconut oil as a cosmetic product; it is excellent for your skin and gives it moisture, elasticity and freshness.

Argan oil –this oil is produced from the Argan, a nut tree which grows in Morocco. This oil follows the authentic Moroccan dishes for years and gives them the unique flavor, slightly reminiscent of the flavor of hazelnuts.  Argan oil is considered very prestigious because of the rarity of this trees and difficulties in raising them; in addition, the oil production itself is a long and complicated process. Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and oxidation antibody.

Grape seed oil – grape seed oil, as its name suggests is extracted from seeds of grapes. Is an excellent source of vitamin D and helps in raising good cholesterol. Grape seed oil is also high heat resistant, and therefore can be a great substitute for soybean or canola oil. Its delicate flavor can spice up the flavor of fresh herbs salad or even green peas sautéed with garlic.

So, despite the concerns and oil’s bad reputation, we cannot get rid of it, and we shouldn’t get rid of it.  Oil is used in almost all our food and we use it for cooking on a regular basis as oil is essential for our body and for maintaining good health. We should try to use the healthiest, most effective and most delicious of course.