Confused with so many different forms of oils available in the market – Cold Pressed, Hot Pressed, Extra Virgin, Virgin, Light, Refined, Losorb? We can help
- Cold Pressed: Cold pressed oil is oil produced at room temperature without heating oilseeds, without application of heat during any stage of the oil extraction process and without the addition of any chemicals. This is the traditional and most nutritive way of producing the purest form of oil. The yield is low but these oils retain all their aroma, flavor and nutritional value making these oils great for cooking and skin care requirements. They contain zero trans fatty acids and are naturally cholesterol-free. WOOD’S Premium oil is produced in this manner.
- Hot Pressed: Hot pressed oil is oil produced by heating up the oil seeds or by addition of harmful chemicals (like Hexane, Nitric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide) in the production process. The yield is higher but, in the process, the oil loses its aroma, flavor and nutritional value significantly. Refined oils are produced in this manner.
- Extra Virgin: Extra virgin oil is the FIRST extract of oil obtained by cold pressing method. The oilseeds are not pressed the second time.
- Virgin: Combination of first and subsequent extracts of the oil obtained by cold pressing method is called Virgin oil. WOOD’s Premium oil qualifies as Virgin oil.
- Refined: Oil produced at high temperatures and with use of harmful chemicals in the refining process, like Hexane (a petroleum by-product), Nitric acid (used in the production of fertilizers) and Sodium Hydroxide (used in drainage cleaners and detergents). Due to heat, the oil starts oxidizing and hence anti-oxidants like Tertiary Butylhdroquinone and anti-foaming agents like Dimethyl Polysiloxane are added to maintain the oil stability. Due to heating the oil starts losing its nutritional value and by the time it is consumed the nutritive value is significantly lost. Use of chemicals also impacts the color and aroma of the oil. Hence to neutralize the impact the oil is further bleached and deodorized for removal of color and strong chemical smell. As a result, whatever little natural color and aroma of the oil are left is also removed in the process.
- Light/Losorb: Oil obtained after the chemical refining process is colorless, devoid of aroma, low in nutritional value and hence marketed as Light or Losorb oil.