There are various types of oils that are healthier than others. I prefer to use "Grape seed oil", and "Extra Virgin Olive Oil" in my recipes. I do realize that they are not particularly Hungarian (not at all), but I have always tried to give my family a healthier choice when it came to food.
Many Hungarian recipes are still being made with lard in Hungary. People butcher pigs and use up all the fat that they gather. In some ways it is easier on the metabolism, but really bad for your cholesterol. Therefore I like to install healthier eating habits in my family. My food is just as tasty as it would be with lard. Don't worry, regardless of the type of oil you'll use, you will be able to create my special collection of Hungarian heritage recipes™.
Most of know that olive oil is high in monounsaturated fat that prevents cardiovascular diseases, lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol. It is also anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, helps to prevent certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer and lowers blood pressure. It is also wonderful for gall bladder and to cleanse the liver.
Olive oil taken topically and internally provides healthy nails, shiny hair and supple skin.
Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive oil has many other health benefits, that you would be amazed to learn after reading my book.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Grape seed Oil has many health benefits, including protecting brain function that assists with the prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s according to a study by researchers from the University of Alabama. It is full of resveratrol, which is a brain-protecting substance also found in red wine, also omega-6, omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids which assists your brain by reducing inflammation and protects against aging.
The University of Maryland Medical Center claims that omega-6 fatty acids could be beneficial to prevent or treat many serious health conditions, including: diabetic neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, eczema, high blood pressure, menopausal symptoms, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, varicose veins and premenstrual syndrome.
Grape Seed Oil’s antioxidant benefits are also well known. It is high in Vitamins E, C and beta carotene. Eating antioxidant rich foods in many cases prevents certain types of cancers and heart disease. Grape Seed Oil is also rich in polyunsaturated fat that can improve healthy cholesterol levels. Therefore also helps with the development of diabetes.
Grape Seed Oil can withstand very high cooking temperatures, therefore better to use then regular vegetable oils. It also has a light, neutral flavor, therefore it doesn’t mask the flavor of your dish as a strong tasting olive oil would. It is a wonderful base for salad dressing.
Grape Seed Oil
About Oils I Use
My favorite Chipotle is actually olive oil infused with Chipotle Peppers. Chipotle peppers are smoked jalapeño peppers. It is wonderful in Chili Con Carne, finish pastas or on your salad.
I should mention the fact that I am not talking about Basil Essential Oil, but Basil Cooking Oil, which is olive oil infused with basil, the herb.
Basil is a wonderful, and tasty, aromatic source of Vitamin A, C, Calcium, Potassium and Vitamin K. Basil is also anti-bacterial properties . Basil is also helpful in reducing diarrhea or similar digestive problems.
I love to use basil oil as an aromatic, delicate finishing oil on pastas, roasts and vegetable dishes.