HEALTH BENEFITS

A HEALTHY OIL – NUTRITIONAL INFO

Compared to other oils, rapeseed oil is considered to be a ‘healthy oil’. This is because rapeseed oil is comparatively low in saturated fatty acids and high in monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids including oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid) and alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid).

A small amount of fat is an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet.

FACT: Fat helps the body absorb Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Vitamin E.

The main types of fat found in the body are saturated and unsaturated.

SOME SEABANKS STATS:

SATURATED V UNSATURATED FATS

Without getting too scientific, saturated fats are fat molecules that have no double bonds between the carbon molecules because they are saturated with hydrogen molecules. Saturated fats tend to be solid at room temperature (e.g. butter, cream, coconut oil, fatty meat).

If you want to reduce your risk of heart disease, it’s best to reduce your overall fat intake and swap saturated fats for unsaturated fats. The NHS website states that there’s good evidence that replacing saturated fats with some unsaturated fats can help to lower your cholesterol level.

UNSATURATED FATS CAN BE EITHER:

Monounsaturated – which help to protect your heart by maintaining levels of good (HDL) cholesterol and reducing bad (LDL) cholesterol;

or

Polyunsaturated – which also help lower the level of bad LDL cholesterol in your blood. There are 2 main types of polyunsaturated fats are Omega-3 and Omega-6.

OMEGA – 3

Consumers tend to associate Omega-3 fatty acids purely with oily fish but rapeseed oil is a source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is an Omega-3 fatty acid. This is particularly good for those following a vegetarian or vegan diet. The nutritional analysis done on Seabanks means we can say it is high in Omega-3. ALA is said to be beneficial for the heart, immune system and nervous system.

OMEGA – 6

Another essential fatty acid which provides energy for the body and is found in rapeseed oil.

VITAMIN – E

Vitamin E is important in helping to maintain healthy skin and eyes and strengthening the immune system. Seabanks is a source of Vitamin E.

It is important to maintain a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

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