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We consume cooking oil almost every day in our major meals. But do we put in adequate thoughts in selecting the right kind? How often do you read the label or see how pure the oil is? There are different varieties of oil in the market. The two distinct choices are – refined and filtered.
Filtered oils are oils filtered through strainers or others equipments to remove the solid particles and contaminants from the oil but no chemicals are used in the process whereas refined oils are generally treated with chemicals to further rid the oil from impurities, odour and give it a more clear appearance.
Filtered oils are better than refined ones as they are less processed and treated hence have a higher value of nutrients in them. Refined oils are devoid of beta carotene, vitamin E and minerals.
Another benefit of using filtered oil is that since they have a strong aroma, they are used in lesser amounts helping you manage weight and lipid levels better. They also contain higher amount of vitamins and minerals which add to your overall nutrient intake.
Filtered oils are healthier as they are produced at a lower temperature so the nutrients are retained and the fatty acid bonds do not become toxic. In case of refined oils, the process is done at a much higher temperature so the oil does not retain any of its natural flavour or taste.