Saturday, January 5, 2019

Omega 9s Found in Algae Superfood

What you need to know about Omega 9s

You should know about Omega-9s (also known as monounsaturated fats) for their potential to regulate blood sugar levels, prevent cancer and promote a healthy weight and heart.  Since our bodies can manufacture it, omega-9 technically isn’t classified as an essential fatty acid. However, foods rich in omega-9 are still recommended because of the role it plays in our health. Good sources for omega-9 include:
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Olives
  • Avocados
  • Nuts including almonds, pecans, pistachios, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts
  • Sesame seed oil
 Algae has been touted as a superfood in its own right, but the newest use for algae is in the production of ­omega-9 cooking oil. The process doesn't use genetically modified organisms or chemical extraction, further broadening its appeal. I use Thrive algae oil.  Compared to olive oil, Thrive algae oil contains a higher percentage of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and is lower in saturated fats. It has a high smoke point of 485 degrees F, which means you can use it in baking, roasting and sauteing. So what does algae oil taste like? It's completely neutral and odorless, so you can use it in any recipes where you want healthy fat without changing the flavor of the food.

Unlike algae typically found in the sea, Thrive algae were originally sourced from the sap of a chestnut tree.m
The algae are then grown in fermenters, just like the kind used for making wine and beer. The algae naturally convert renewable plant sugars to oil in just a few days. Finally, using the same method as coconut and seed oils, Thrive presses the algae to release the oil. The result is an oil with the highest level of good fats and low levels of saturated fats. 

So I stick with olive oil for dressings and dips and love algae oil for stir-frying or baking for its mild flavor, healthy fat profile and a high smoke point.  It's definitely a healthy alternative to lower-cost .

Wine, brie and grapes

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