Conflicted on Culinary Cooking Oils? Here’s Help On How To Choose 

Have you recently been standing in aisle 3 of your local grocery store in need of cooking oil, planning to make a quick pick and instead find yourself completely overwhelmed? When it comes to choosing the right culinary cooking oil, it might be hard to decide where to start. While the internet is flooded with often contradictory information about cooking oils—bogus health claims and cooking myths, just to name a few—it’s best to compile reliable information and understand how the oils are processed and which is best for your particular cooking style. 

We sat with Yehudith Girshbeg, CEO of De La Rosa Real Foods & Vineyards, who shared, “Consumers are being persuaded by mass-marketing to believe that some popular, widely used oils like canola, corn, and soybean are “healthy.” But once educated on how these oils are made, it’s clear they are totally unhealthy and overprocessed.”

For more than 30 years, De La Rosa Real Foods & Vineyards has been committed to helping consumers make healthier food choices by providing products that are non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, kosher (many Kosher for Passover) and organic whenever possible.  This specialty food manufacturer is also committed to providing education to consumers as to what is healthy and what’s not. De La Rosa offers a large assortment of healthy oils, vinegars and wine.

In fact, not all oils are created equally. Many of the oils we use today in the kitchen are made from seeds. In order to get the oil from these tiny seeds, they can either be mechanically or chemically processed. These processes are known as solvent extracted, expeller pressed or cold pressed. Most solvent extracted oils go through an enormous amount of processing with chemical solvents, steamers, neutralizers, de-waxers, bleach and deodorizers. The “solvent” most often used to extract the oil is the neurotoxin hexane, and it’s been shown that some of this toxic chemical residue can remain in the oil despite the refining process. By using culinary oils that don’t explicitly label the process, consumers could very well be eating solvent-extracted oils. 

Expeller pressing and cold pressing use no toxins during the mechanical process of extraction. This traditional way of making oil is significantly healthier than using hexane, however less oil is made and the process is more expensive. Which is why manufacturers continue to produce the less expensive, solvent extracted, overly processed, flavorless cooking oils like canola, corn, soybean or cottonseed that continue to be mass-marketed with flimsy nutrient claims and misleading label lingo.

Thankfully not all manufacturers are created equal, either. “We are what we eat, so what we eat matters. For our products, such as our De La Rosa Grape Seed Oils, we are dedicated to a pure production process. We work on the formulations of all of our products to make them as healthy as possible, always using the fewest ingredients and eliminating anything that we feel is potentially harmful. This is why consumers can find De La Rosa expeller pressed Grape Seed Oil clearly labeled hexane free,” says De La Rosa CEO Yehudith Girshberg. 

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Educating yourself about the quality control of your culinary oil product is essential. Girshberg explains, “How an oil is produced isn’t always clearly marked so choosing culinary oils that document and label their products is the best way to ensure chemical free and high quality. Keep it simple, less is more.” 

Products that maintain the highest possible level of flavor, aroma, color and nutritional richness should always be the goal. Keep your eye out for features on retail packaging– compare labels, compare prices and most importantly compare the taste. While your go-to cooking oil choice will probably be based on a variety of factors, keeping in mind how the oil is processed is one of the easiest ways to make a healthy decision that will benefit you and your loved ones for years to come.

Secrets to Cooking with Red Wine Vinegar

According Readers Digest Food in an article written by Perri O. Blumberg

Red Wine Vinegar adds surprising brightness to multiple dishes and foods. The growing demand for salads as a snack item is making Red Wine Vinegar the perfect substitute for other dressings.

Look at the other ways Red Wine Vinegar can enhance your meals:

  • Can be used as a marinade for meats
  • Pair with sautéed onions for a delicious garnish
  • Great for summer salads with sweet fruits
  • Add a dash to cilantro-infused guacamole
  • Use as a sauce to finish dishes

Interested in red wine vinegar? We’ve got you covered!

De La Rosa’s 100% Organic Red Wine Vinegar is as nature intended – made with one single ingredient – Italian aged wine vinegar.

  • 100% USDA Organic.
  • Non-Gmo.
  • Gluten-Free.
  • Vegan.
  • No Additives or Preservatives Added Ever.

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Juicing Organic Fruits and Veggies

There are many ways to get healthy, but few ways are as good as juicing. When you are juicing, you are taking raw vegetables and fruits and you are putting them through a juicer. Instead of buying juice, which is full of items you don’t want, the juicer will take all the liquid out of the fruit and put it in your drink.

There are many reasons why this is a good thing, not the least of which is the fact that you are getting all the vitamins and minerals from those juices, and nothing is compromised. Only what you put into the juicer is what you drink. There are no extra chemicals or by-products that you should worry about.

As such, it is very important that when you are juicing, you are only using fruits that come from an organic source. Organic fruits will not have any of the pesticides that you have to worry about, and that will ensure that what you are drinking is only healthy vitamins and minerals.

The great thing about juicing is that it takes no time at all. Just select your favourite fruits like pineapples, berries, apples, oranges and watermelons, and put them in the juicer. In just 60 seconds, you can have a glass of juice that is full of everything you need. Nothing is compromised.

There are many juicers on the market, but you want one that is going to work for you. Juicers come in slow and fast speeds. The slow speed juicers have less oxidization, while the fast juicers have more oxidization and can’t be stored long. As well, slow juicers get more of the juicer out of the fruit, but the have a tougher time with hard fruits. Fast juicers get less juice out of the fruit by they can handle harder fruits.

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Written by: Yehudith Girshberg

Why Should You Eat Tahini?

imagesTahini is a unique dish that is foreign to many in Western countries, but it has been consumed in India and the Middle East for centuries. It is a simple paste, made from whole sesame seed, that has a great many health benefits for the body. There are many reasons why you should be eating Tahini, and these are just a few.

The first major reason is the fact that it is full of minerals that the body needs including lecithin, potassium, iron, phosphorus and magnesium. It is also a huge source of methionine, which helps your liver detox your body, which in turn keeps you healthy and happy.

Our bones need calcium and a lack of calcium can cause severe problems in our old age. As such, Tahini is a great dish for getting calcium back into the body as it is a big source of it. It is also a big source of vitamin E, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15.

Studies done on Tahini have also found that it can promote healthy cell growth in the body, which is important for keeping us healthy and looking young. On a similar note, it can prevent anemia from developing while also maintaining healthy skin and muscle tone in the body.

One major benefit from Tahini is the fact that it is made up of 20 per cent protein. This actually gives it a higher amount of protein per serving than you get from nuts, and you can use Tahini in so many dishes that nuts are not a part of. While it is high in protein, it is very easy for the body to digest because it has a very high alkaline mineral content. This in turn can help you lose weight because of how easy it is for the human body to digest.

Tahini is also very high in unsaturated fat, which is the good fat that helps to clear your arteries and keep you healthy.

So, try a dish of Tahini today and start feeling healthy immediately!

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Written by: Yehudith Girshberg

Know What You Buy

downloadWhen you go to the grocery store, it can be very easy to just buy what you think you will enjoy, without looking at the ingredients. Often, you choose what will taste good, even if it is bad for you. Our brains are wired for immediate gratification and we get more of an immediate gratification from eating something like chocolate chip cookies instead of an organic pear. It can be hard to fight this, but it is important that we choose not to eat food that is bad for us, and bad for the environment.

Processed foods taste great, but have you looked at the ingredients? They are not exactly made for consumption. Here is a tip, if you can’t pronounce what the ingredient is, you probably shouldn’t be ingesting it. Yes, it tastes great, but there is a huge amount of bad stuff in it that can really harm your body over the course of time.

You need to have the willpower to choose good real food that is organic. Real food is food that is just that, real. It is food you can eat right off the tree, without having to mix anything with it. It is organic, and it is good for you and good for the environment. The world is going through an obesity epidemic right now, and a big part of that is the processed food we keep putting into our bodies. Those processed foods stay with our body, in our fatty tissue, slowly harming us. Sure, sometimes eating a Twinkie tastes much better than eating a plum, but in the long run, the plum is going to do you a lot more good than if you are eating the Twinkie. Ya, you can have bad food on occasion, but your diet should be good food, that is organic. You need to know what you are buying, and what you are eating. It can do a lot to help you lose weight and feel healthier for many years to come.

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Change Your Life With Proper Food

downloadThe world we live in is a world where there is a lot of packaged and processed food that is not good for us in the least. It is a world where we are eating foods that are not natural, full of chemicals that are doing us more harm than good. It is a world where eating natural seems to have faded for the sake of convenience.

This is the wrong way to go. In order to be healthy, you need to forget about eating processed foods, and instead move to a diet that is more natural, and more real. There is the real food diet, which involve eating only real food. While it may seem odd to say real food as a thing, but we don’t eat real food when we eat fast food or processed food. You are eating food made to taste a certain way. Real food is food that includes fruits, vegetables, and foods that are good for you, coming straight from the Earth essentially. Then there are organic foods. Organic foods are foods that are made in such a way that there are no preservatives being consumed, no chemicals, no pesticides. These foods are foods that are made to be healthy for you and for the environment. The organic way is an excellent way to eat because it keeps harmful chemicals from getting into your body, but it also keeps harmful chemicals from being put into the environment. Algae dead zones are caused by pesticide use and putting harmful chemicals into river because of the runoff from agriculture. Organic prevents that from happening.

By eating organic and by eating real foods, you are helping keep your body healthy. you are helping to keep your family healthy and your environment healthy. it is one of the best things that you can do, and that includes getting rid of the need for processed foods that are doing you no good, and most likely only causing you harm in the long-run.

Forget processed, begin with real, organic food today.

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Written by: Yehudith Girshberg

Buying Organic On A Budget

downloadBuying organic food is something you can do that will help you, and the environment as well. One of the issues that people have with organic is that it tends to be more expensive than food that is non-organic. Organic food is coming down in price, and is moving closer to being on-par with regular food that is not organic in terms of price. Nonetheless, if you want to buy organic, there are several things you can do to buy organic food on a budget. Just because you don’t make as much money, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be enjoying organic food.

First of all, do your research online. There are many companies online that sell organic food at a low price. They ship the food directly to you, and they provide the organic food at a lower rate than you find in grocery stores. The main thing is that you should make sure that your organic food from these retailers are actually organic.

Second, check out farmer’s markets. Farmer markets are a great place to find organic food. While the food may not have organic certifications, many farmers will grow the food without the use of pesticides. Ask questions of the farmer at the farmer’s market, and find out what exactly they do to make sure their food is organic. Another great plus about buying organic food at a farmer’s market is that you are buying local, and thereby helping the local economy.

Rather than buying one apple, buy in bulk. If you buy in bulk, you are going to save a lot of money on your purchase. In addition, you will have plenty of organic food to eat. That being said, don’t let it go bad because your organic food is not full of pesticides and preservatives. You can freeze your organic food too.

Buy as much of the organic food as you can when it is in season. If you buy in-season, it is going to be less expensive than if you buy it out of season.

Lastly, you can just grow your own in your own backyard garden.

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The Healthy Choice That is Grape Juice

grape_juice_concentrateMany people do not like grape juice, finding it slightly bitter, but the truth is that even if you don’t like grape juice, you should be drinking it. Grape juice is incredibly good for you and is filled with many healthy benefits. If you are getting organic grape juice, all the better. Grape juice can help you in a number of ways.

In a study done in 1999 and published in Circulation, it was found that 15 patients who had cardiovascular disease, who drank a glass of grape juice each day, ended up having lower levels of bad cholesterol after only two weeks. Ultrasound images also discovered that there were changes to the artery walls, and blood was moving freely through the arteries.

Naturally, the benefits of grape juice for the heart also means that it helps to prevent heart attacks and lowers the risk of blood clots that can lead to heart attacks, stroke and even death. Red wine does the same, but grape juice is something you can drink at work. Drinking grape juice on a daily basis will also help to lower blood pressure and help reduce your weight, while slowing down the aging process.

In another study done at the University of California, it was discovered that drinking grape juice but a key antioxidant into the body, which lasted there for four hours, compared to only 3.2 hours for alcoholic red wine.

Other benefits of grape juice include preventing tumors in the body. Resveratrol, found in grape juice, has been found to prevent cancer and purple-colored grape juice can help prevent breast cancer.

If someone suffers from asthma, grape juice can help as an effective asthma treatment thanks to the eminent therapeutic value of the drink. The anti-oxidants in grape juice also help to prevent problems with aging including Alzheimer’s disease.

Above everything though, grape juice is going to help boost your immune system and make you feel healthier and happier.

 

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Sesame Seed Oil Isn’t Just For Eating

GroupWhen you think of sesame seed oil, you probably think of it as something you put onto salads, or possibly in some recipes, but did you know that one of the biggest benefits of sesame seed oil comes not from ingesting it, but putting it on your skin? That is right, sesame seed oil has been used for centuries in India as a healing oil, and it has been found to actually inhibit the growth of malignant melanoma, or skin cancer as it is commonly known.

Sesame seed oil has also been shown to help with skin cell regulating and the slowing down of cell growth.

In a study done at Maharishi International College, it was found that students who rinsed their mouths out with sesame seed oil had an 85 per cent decrease in bacteria that causes gingivitis. In another study, it was found that sesame seed oil could be used as nose drops and helped cure chronic sinusitits. You can also use it as a throat gargle to get rid of cold bacteria.

If you are out in the sun and you get a sun burn, you can put sesame seed oil on your skin and that will help to calm the burn. If you have dandruff, you can use the oil in your hair to deal with dry scalp dandruff and to kill bacteria that causes dandruff. It can even protect the skin from the effects of chlorine in pools!

It has also been found that sesame seed oil enters the skin and tissues very quickly, and it can go almost down to the marrow of the bone. Even the liver does not get rid of sesame seed oil molecules because it sees them as beneficial to the body.

You can give your joints more flexibility by putting sesame seed oil on it, and it will also tighten the facial skin and control wrinkles. For teenagers, it has been found that sesame seed oil is very good for young skin and can help prevent the eruption of pimples on the skin. It is also good to serve as a protection from diaper rash in babies.

Needless to say, sesame seed oil is a fantastic product that does the body a great deal of good and you don’t even have to ingest it to get the benefits! That is what we call a wonder product, and it is all natural.

 

 

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What is Sesame Oil?

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What is Sesame Oil?

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There are many great alternatives to using canola oil, which can be bad for your body, and bad for the environment with how some organizations produce it. If you are looking for an alternative to canola oil, or any other type of oil, think about sesame oil. Created from sesame seeds, it is heavily used in the cooking of south India. It is also found in many other Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. Sesame seed oil is also heavy in nutrients, which is why it is often found in alternative medicine, used for massages and more.

Sesame has been cultivated in areas of Asia and India for roughly 5,000 years. This is because it is a drought-resistant crop and can grow where other crops cannot. Sesame was also one of the first crops to be processed in oil, and this makes sesame seed oil one of the very first condiments humans ever used. By 2500 BC, roughly a thousand years after it emerged in India, it was being cultivated in the Middle East.

It has become such a staple for so many dishes that 65 per cent of the sesame crop is actually processed into oil, while only 35 per cent is processed into food.

Sesame seed oil has many natural anti-oxidants in it, which means that it is unlikely to turn rancid in the open. Sesame seed oil has a high smoke point, and that makes it good for deep-frying, but that often ruins the health benefits from it.

In massage, sesame seed oil penetrates the skin easily and is often used in Indian massage. It helps the body get rid of heat and it is also used in hair and scalp massages. It is also used in a variety of cosmetics, often as a carrier oil.

Sesame seed oil is very high in Vitamin E, and is also known to contain high amounts of magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin B6.

Another big plus is that only one per cent of the human population is allergic to it, which means that it can be enjoyed by nearly everyone.

 

 

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Written by: Yehudith Girshberg