Benefits Of Grapeseed Oil

Written by Stephanie Dula
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Benefits of grapeseed oil to your health and home-cooking are numerous and well-researched. Grapeseed oil is derived from the seeds of grapes and is often a byproduct of winemaking. Due to its versatility and healthy properties, you can now find it offered in many different forms in specialty food markets.

Health Benefits of Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil has been shown to raise HDL cholesterol levels and lower LDL levels, and it contains many vitamins and antioxidants, including Vitamin E and fatty acids. It also contains about half the saturated fat of olive oil, and can be used almost anywhere you would use olive oil. Its mild nutty flavor makes it ideal for dressings, marinades, grilling, and sauteeing.

There are also many cooking benefits of grapeseed oil. Since it has a higher flash point than other oils, you can safely cook with it at higher temperatures with less risk of burning and smoking. Its neutral flavor makes it an ideal base for spice infusions and "liquid spices."

Liquid spices are concentrated infusions of dried herbs in oils, such as olive or grapeseed. There are many flavor benefits of grapeseed oil to these and other recipes. It won't clash with other food flavors like heavier oils. There are plenty of good grapeseed oil recipes available at online gourmet food retailers.

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