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. 


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.

Kosher For Passover & All Year Round!

Order on Amazon TODAY !!

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.

De La Rosa Real Foods

DLR Logo

Written by: Yehudith Girshberg

What Do Pesticides Do?

OlivesfromjordanYou have heard a lot about going organic in your life, and how good it is for you. You know that organic food doesn’t have pesticides and that is just good for you. Now, what exactly do pesticides do to you? Do they harm you? Should you stay away from them? Do you eat organic because you think pesticides are bad, but you don’t actually know what makes them bad?

Here is a brief rundown of the things that  have been found to do.

First, it has been found that if pesticides enter the human body at the right time during pregnancy, or the wrong time as it would be, then there is an increase risk of infertility in the baby, as well as learning disabilities and birth defects. Once the baby is born, the pesticides in the fat deposits will then move into the breasts where they will be transferred to the baby through breast milk.

Children can then absorb pesticides throughout their life, especially if they enjoy handling dirt and soil. It is again about timing here. A child’s biological immune system develops very quickly, but toxins from pesticides at that point can cause problems including immune system problems and neurological problems.

As we age, we continue to accumulate pesticides in our bodies, which over time build up and are stored in our fatty tissues. This can cause problems later in life, including increasing the risk of disease. Several studies have found that elevated levels of pesticide chemicals in our bodies can lead to several adult diseases including infertility in men, problems with the immune system, as well as a wide range of cancers including bladder and breast cancer.

So, it is just a good idea to avoid pesticides altogether, especially if you have, or are expecting children. Keeping pesticides out of the home now can have a positive impact down the road.

De La Rosa Real Foods

DLR Logo

Written by: Yehudith Girshberg

New To Organics? What Should You Enjoy First?

usda-organic-sealIf you have spent your life eating processed foods, you are making a good choice by moving towards organics. Organic food is good for you and it is good for the environment. If you are new to organic food though, you may be wondering what exactly you should begin with eating organic. One thing you are going to discover is that there are a lot of products out there that advertise themselves as being organic, but that is far from the case. For example, if you buy a container of juice and it says it is organic, it may have been organic early on in the process when it was grown but by the time the juice has made its way to you at the grocery store, it is no longer organic because of the various products put into the juice over the course of that time.

As well, “all-natural” does not mean that it is organic. It really means nothing, so it is best to just ignore things that say “all-natural” as that is an example of greenwashing.

The first thing you should get that is organic are fruits and vegetables. this is where you see the biggest advantages to organics, and it is really what you should be focusing on when you are going organic. Ensure that the organics that you buy are certified organic by a government agency. This is the only way to know for certain that the products you are buying are actually organic. You can get organics at a farmer’s market, but this is not always guaranteed to be organic, but it is more likely than if you buy organic food at the grocery store.

When you go organic, nothing will taste the same again. Everything will taste better, you will feel healthier and you will be helping the planet in the process.

De La Rosa Real Foods

DLR Logo

Written by: Yehudith Girshberg

Organic on a budget

downloadGoing organic is a good way to stay healthy, but it is not always cheap. That being said, organics are getting cheaper by the day, but there are still ways that you can order organic food online, and keep things cheap at the grocery store. Just follow these tips to being cheap on an organic budget.

The first thing to do is to buy organic is to buy the food in its raw form. When food is processed, it becomes more expensive. That is where organic prices go up. Try to buy food that is raw and unprocessed, to give you the most control over your food and your wallet.

Next, cook everything from scratch. This not only makes you a better cook, but it also helps prevent additives and preservatives from being mixed into what you eat, because you know everything you are eating is organic.

Instead of buying things you need that day, buy in bulk. When you purchase items in bulk, you are making it cheaper for yourself in the long-run. Buying in bulk can seem more expensive at first, but if you are really into organic cooking, and you use a lot of ingredients, then it is really the best option for you, and it will be the cheapest option for you in the long-run.

Another good option is to ensure that you buy your produce in season. In season organic produce is going to be cheaper than if it is out of season. This also helps you have more variety over the course of your year, since you will be buying different foods for each season.

Choose foods that are better for you organic. What we mean by that is that some foods are so coated in chemicals during the growing process, that if you buy them organic, you are getting the most benefit. If you can’t afford to buy all food organically, buy the ones that are the most chemically-laden, and choose to have them organic.

De La Rosa Real Foods

DLR Logo

Written by: Yehudith Girshberg

The Growth of Organic Wine

downloadOrganic wine may seem like a new thing, but it is quickly becoming a standard for many people who enjoy wine and wine tasting.

Essentially, organic wine is wine that has been grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. The use of organic wine has steadily increased as well. In 2009, the consumption of organic wine grew by 3.7 per cent alone, and it has continued to grow and outpace the growth of the consumption of non-organic wine since then. It is estimated that there are currently, 1,500 to 2,000 organic wine producers throughout the world, with nearly 1,000 located in France alone.

In conventional wine growing, chemical fertilizers are used in order to promote a larger yield and protect from disease, but the problem is that these chemicals are then absorbed into the sap, and passed into the leaves and the fruit. Eventually, these chemicals make their way into the finished wine itself. The chemicals also damage soil and water quality, so many wine growers are looking to go organic. Many people do not even realize that many wine growers actually use hazmat suits and breathing apparatuses when spraying the vines, and we are putting that into our bodies.

In the United States, there are very strict rules in place for the growing of organic wine, covering all aspects of the growing, harvesting and production. Even the types of yeast, the storage conditions and more are all considered with organic wine.

In the United States, to receive organic certification on wine, there must be suffite levels of less than 20 parts per million.

In the United States as well, the National Organic Program handles the certification of organic wine, through the United States Department of Agriculture. Many different nations are also using certifications of organic, through government agencies.

It should also be noted that many wineries are organic without the certification, because they have always grown organically through their history.

There are also natural wines that only use native yeasts in the fermentation process and no sulphur dioxide. Roughly 10 per cent of all organic wine in the United States is natural wine.

De La Rosa Real Foods

DLR Logo

Written by: Yehudith Girshberg

Why Organic Is Good During Droughts

usda-organic-sealAs we all know, California is quickly running out of water with the state having roughly one year of water left in it. This is a very serious situation, but once again it shows the importance of having a different mindset for the food we eat. While we have become dependent on foods grown with the use of chemicals, organic can actually be better for the environment during a drought. Studies have found that organic produce and growing is better during a drought, which may help lower the cost of organic food in the long-run. In an analysis of 100 studies at the University of California, it was found that organic farming created a mix of biodiversity in the soil and the environment around it, that was nearly impossible for synthetic chemicals to mimic.

While organic farms are typically 20 per cent less productive than conventional farms, that gap is slowly narrowing as more and more investment and research goes into organic farming.

In another study done by Rodale Institute, they looked at the productivity of organic farms and conventional farms from 1981 to now. They found that organic plots on the property outperformed the conventional ones, in the long-run, especially when there was something like a drought happening. It also found that organic farms are far more resilient of droughts than conventional farms. They also handle things like frost and flooding easier.

Essentially, it comes down to what is in the soil. Organic farms build up organisms in the soil and bacteria that helps it survive during tough times. The soil, organisms and all the plants develop into a mutually-dependent relationship. For example, fungi provide channels for nutrients and water to go up into the plants from deep in the soil. This allows the plants to absorb less water and need less water overall.

As you can see, going organic is good for you and the environment, especially when droughts are causing severe problems for California.

De La Rosa Real Foods

DLR Logo

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.

De La Rosa Real Foods

DLR Logo

Written by: Yehudith Girshberg

Organics In Other Countries

Canadian_Organic_SealWe all know that when you buy something grown in the United States, it can be certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture. That is great and all, but you don’t just buy your organic food from the United States. This then begs the question, of whether or not the food you buy elsewhere from other countries is actually organic. What are their certifications that prove that it is organic?

  1. In Canada, the federal government has been certifying organic products since June of 2009. Canada’s Organic Production Regulation is very similar to that of the United States and the European Union in terms of the rules it has in place to ensure proper organic regulation.
  2. In Europe, there has been organic legislation since 1992, when it was implemented throughout the continent. Supervision of certification is handled on a national level among countries, but there is an EU-wide label that is used for organic certification. It has been mandatory on all organic food since 2010.
  3. Japan has the Japan Agricultural Standard, which was implemented in 2001, and revised in 2005. It requires all organic farmers to be certified by the Ministry of Agriculture.
  4. Australia has an organic certification that is conducted by the Biosecurity division of the Department of Agriculture. All organic claims must be accredited under this program to be exported out of the country and labeled as organic.
  5. In India, the APEDA regulates all organic products under the National Standards for Organic Production. The standards of this program have been recognized by the European Union.
  6. In China, the China Green Food Development Centre gives out two standards, A and AA, to certify organic.

Buying organic elsewhere in the world is growing in popularity and more and more countries are looking to certify their products as organic so they can reach the huge market of the United States. If the food you are buying is certified organic in another country, chances are it is going to be considered organic in your home country as well.

De La Rosa Real Foods

DLR Logo

Written by: Yehudith Girshberg