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Is Argan Oil used in the food industry?

Yes, Argan Oil is a highly valued oil within the culinary industry. Many high end chefs use Argan Oil in many dressings and sauces. With its naturally nutty flavor and health benefits, Argan Oil is becoming highly sought after.

Argan oil is rich in naturally occurring antioxidants such as flavonoids and tocopherols. Argan Oil is also high in Vitamin E, an essential component of the antioxidant network which limits tissue and cell damage caused by toxins and pollutants in the body.

Vitamin E has numerous benefits some of which are listed below:

  • helps prevent: free radical damage/ heart attack and stroke/ lipid peroxidation/ arteriosclerosis
  • helps block: oxidation of L cholesterol LD/ growth of cancer cells
  • increases the body's level of immunity
  • alleviates symptoms of arthritis
  • counteracts cataracts and other vision problems

Fatty acids (FA) are a group of organic acids classified as either saturated or unsaturated. According to the American Heart Association, clinical studies have demonstrated that consumption of trans fatty acids or saturated fat result in higher blood cholesterol levels than consumption of cis fatty acids or naturally occurring oils. Argan oil is more than 80% unsaturated, 60% monounsaturated and 40% polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Linoleic acid (omega-6), an essential fatty acid, comprises 34% of the total FA content of argan oil. The second essential fatty acid, linoleic acid (omega-3), can also be found in trace amounts (0.1%).

Essential fatty acids cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained through the diet. Linoleic acid deficiency symptoms can include arthritis-like conditions, heart and circulatory problems, susceptibility to infections, kidney and liver degenerations, eczema-like skin eruptions, sterility in males, and miscarriage in females. It is believed that 1-2% of total energy needs for healthy individuals must come from linoleic acid. One tablespoon (14g) of organic Toasted argan oil can satisfy the body's daily linoleic acid needs.

These are just a few of the reasons Argan Oil is peaking the interests of many health conscious individuals.

Argan Oil is one of Africa's best kept secrets and treasures.

on Monday June 27 by Super User
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