Spotlight on Grapeseed Oil

Posted by Black Star Gourmet on 8/15/2010 to Oil & Vinegar

Grapes have been eaten since Egyptian times some 6000 years ago and more often than not turned into wine. The sap from the grapevines was thought to treat skin and eye diseases and the leaves to stop bleeding, inflammation and pain. Dried grapes or raisins were used to treat thirst and constipation and the grape seed as an oil for cooking.  In recent years there has been a lot of interest in the scientific community looking at the medicinal benefits of grape seed oil. Studies have shown that when consumed, antioxidant levels in the blood increase and it is therefore believed to help decrease inflammation. Grape seeds contain vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid and OPCs.

So what's the evidence?

In regard to heart disease and reducing high cholesterol the evidence is not all that strong however, grape seed extract has been shown to be beneficial in reducing edema after injury and surgery. It has also been a helpful treatment for those with chronic venous insufficiency. So now with the science in mind, why not enjoy the taste! Grapeseed oil has been used in European Kitchens for centuries.  It has a clean and crisp taste and high smoke point, allowing it to be used at high temperatures for sauteing and stir frying.

Culinary tips:

  • Use as a base for salad dressings and mayonaise
  • Use as a change to olive oil, it has a healthy fatty acid profile and only a little is needed
  • Use as a base for flavor infused oils with garlic, fresh herbs and spices
The next time you buy some gourmet grape seed oil you can feel good about the taste and the health benefits. Source:
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