Using oil in daily cooking is inevitable. Oil is one of the important ingredients that support in staying us healthy and balanced in many ways. In fact, the lack of oil leads to Vata imbalance in the body.
For instance excess of Vata causes acidity, arthritis, ulcer and liver disorders. So, oil is good!
In ayurvedic science, Gingelly oil is the king of all types of oils, used as edible oil as well as for topical therapies. In South India, Gingelly oil is mainly used for head bath. Actually, it is well known as an oil bath.
However, there is always a confusion arises in choosing between the two types of oil, which are produced using different techniques.
They are hot pressed oil and Cold Pressed oil. Without a shadow of a doubt, it is very obvious that Cold Pressed Gingelly Oil is good to go when compared with Hot Pressed Gingelly Oil.
Now, let us look into two types of oil, how they are produced, classified and how to choose the right ones.
Both hot pressed and Cold Pressed oils to have some advantages and disadvantages on its own. Let’s take a look at the brief overview of the same.
Now let’s come to the main element, why should you choose cold press oil and to be more precise, cold press Gingelly oil.
Benefits of Cold Pressed Gingelly Oil
Gingelly oil is also known as sesame oil, extracted from the sesame seeds. Gingelly oil is prominent in Asian cuisines, especially Indian cuisine and alternative therapies.
Cold Pressed Gingelly oil is extracted by simply pressing and crushing the seeds without toasting or roasting. It looks pale yellow and carries different flavor than hot pressed one which is darker.
It retains the maximum nutrients possible during processing. It has a higher quantity of essential fatty acids, which are literally reduced when the Gingelly seeds are roasted and heated.
Unlike other Cold Pressed oils, Gingelly oil has longer shelf life due to an ingredient called Sesamolin prevents oxidation of the oil.
- Good source of vitamin E and also rich in antioxidants
- Has the highest concentration of the fatty acids – Omega 3 fatty acid, omega 6 fatty acid and omega 9 fatty acid.
- Rich in minerals which includes iron, calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc.
- All these minerals support the healthy growth of tissues and prevent bones and muscles related deformities like arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.
- Supports cardiovascular health and controls hypertension.
It is used widely in ayurvedic therapies as healing oil. It contains antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which nourish the skin, hair, and body.
It contains the nourishing, detoxifying and rejuvenating effect to the body. It is the best moisturizer and the best massage oil.
It helps delay the aging process and prevents skin health from sunburn and damages. It is the best remedy for most of the skin problems from dryness of skin to eczema.
Needless to say, the culinary benefits of Cold Pressed Gingelly oil as it is a versatile one to use on regular cooking.