I’m so glad that people are finally getting the message that not all fats are bad for you. The fact is that there are many fats that improve your health. Made from the seeds in the pomace or the solid left over after pressing grapes to make wine, grapeseed oil is one of the most powerful health-promoting fats.
Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. So, in addition to careful and regular physician evaluations for early signs of heart trouble, anything we can do to support heart health is a great thing. Early biomedical research indicates that adding grapeseed oil into your diet may help to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. This oil seems to do this in more than one way.
Grapeseed oil contains a wonderful and extremely powerful natural group of antioxidants called proanthocyanidins. The idea of an antioxidant is to neutralize so-called “free radicals” in the body, which are responsible for causing damage to the inside of blood vessels in people at risk for cardiovascular disease. These antioxidant proanthocyanidins are absorbed better and perform far better than the traditional antioxidants that most people know of, like vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene, because the blood vessels of people with heart disease may be stiff and damaged. Proanthocyanidins have also been shown to cause blood vessels to relax, which is great for the heart. Compounds in grapeseed oil actually strengthen two substances called collagen and elastin in the blood vessel walls, making them less prone to disease.
Grapeseed oil also contains the polyunsaturated fatty acids (linoleic acid) and monosaturated fatty acids (oleic acid). These fatty acids may be responsible for the favorable effects grapeseed oil has on cholesterol. The bad fats (LDLs) were lowered and the good fats (HDLs) were elevated in animal studies of proanthocyanidins.
Grapeseed oil has a mild and slight nutty flavor, and is great in salad dressings or mayonnaise. It’s actually ideal for almost all forms of cooking as it has a high smoke point. Pick up a jar Fairway grapeseed oil today to work it into your meals, and to make this easy homemade mayo!
Homemade Grapeseed Oil Mayo
- 4 Fairway egg yolks
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard
- 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Fairway balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Fairway white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 3/4 cup Fairway grapeseed oil
- Combine all the ingredients, except the oil, and mix them with a handheld blender.
- Then slowly add the oil, as you continue to blend the ingredients.
- Store refrigerated in a sealed jar. This mayo will last about 2 weeks in a refrigerator.
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