Unless I’m baking, I’m strictly EVOO. In hindsight, though, I realize that I should be ashamed to consider myself a healthy home cook without ever having dabbled grape seed oil on a dish.
Just in case my complete lack of knowledge is an epidemic, I thought I’d share some grape seed oil basics with anyone else who might be missing out.
Cooking in the Kitchen
Although grape seed oil has a slightly nutty flavor, it’s true beauty is that it tastes rather mild, allowing the natural flavor of the ingredients to shine. Feel free to use it in salad dressings and—because of its high smoke point—baked goods. Although I would venture that Margaret Floyd of www.eatnakednow.com would argue, the consensus seems to be that grape seed oil can handle high temperatures without damaging its fats, which makes it perfect for stir fries and meat and vegetable sautés.
Good For Us Fats
Although grape seed oil is comparable to olive oil, they do differ in the amounts of mono- and polyunsaturated fats.
- Grape Seed Oil (1 tbsp): 120 calories, 13.6 g of total fat, 1.3 g of saturated fat, 2.2 g of monounsaturated fat and 9.5 g of polyunsaturated fat.
- Olive Oil (1 tbsp.) 119 calories, 13.5 g of total fat, 1.8 g of saturated fat, 9.9 g of monounsaturated fat and 1.4 g of polyunsaturated fat.
Other Health Benefits
- Grapeseed oil is high in beta carotene and vitamins C and E.
- Studies have shown that grape seed oil increases HDL and reduces LDL.
- Research suggests that the linoleic acid in Grapeseed Oil has anti-inflammatory properties.