Hail Merry - November 3, 2023
The Surprising Truth About Seed Oils: Are They Wrecking Your Health?
In recent years, there has been a lot of debate about which kind of oil is the healthiest. Many experts have been speaking out about the negative effects of processed seed oils, while others have been promoting the health benefits of virgin coconut oil. At Hail Merry, we use organic virgin coconut oil to make our indulgent and healthified snacks and NEVER use processed seed oils–let’s explore why!
Seed oils (such as corn, soybean, canola, safflower and sunflower oil) are widely used in many processed foods. However, just because they are plant-based, does NOT mean they are as healthy as they are marketed to be. Seed oils are subject to high temperatures, chemically deodorized, heavily processed and refined. This process destroys any natural nutrients that the oil may have contained, leaving behind a product that is high in Omega-6 fatty acids and highly oxidized.
Omega-6 fatty acids are essential for our bodies, but too much of them (given how prevalent they are in processed foods) can lead to inflammation. Inflammation is linked to many chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Seed oils are also high in polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), which are highly unstable and prone to oxidization. When these oils are oxidized, they release free radicals, which can damage cells and cause inflammation.
Virgin Coconut oil, on the other hand, is cold extracted from the meat of a coconut. It is a rich source of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which are metabolized differently than long- chain fatty acids found in seed oils. MCTs are quickly absorbed by the liver and converted into energy, which makes them an excellent fuel source for the body. Virgin coconut oil is also resistant to oxidation, which means it does not release free radicals. It also contains Lauric acid, which has been shown to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, virgin coconut oil contains beneficial antioxidants that help protect against damage caused by free radicals.
At Hail Merry, we understand and promote the health benefits of virgin coconut oil. Our products are made with premium, clean ingredients and are free from gluten, dairy, soy, sugar alcohols, emulsifiers and preservatives. Meaning that our Tarts, Cups and Coconut Cookie Dough Bites are not only delicious but ALSO nutritious. By choosing products that are made with virgin coconut oil, such as those made by Hail Merry, you can indulge in delicious snacks while still being conscious of your health. Here's to healthy snacks and a healthier you!
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