General benefits of Oilseeds

Oilseeds contain a certain kind of oils and fats that strongly benefit our health. Canola, Safflower, Soy and Sunflower are some of these seeds.

Oilseed crops are highly indispensible and have a plus to them due to its great versatility, taken that hundreds of products can be made from just one seed such as oils and vegetable proteins (meal).

Oilseeds have three key elements for our daily diets: carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats known as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. We find in them Omega 3 that along with monounsaturated fat, it improves heart health. They are cholesterol and Trans fat free, low in sodium and have vitamins, minerals and fiber, which helps prevent cardiovascular disease.

Benefits if Canola

Canola is a plant in the group of oilseeds which derives from rapeseed. The origin of rapeseed is speculated to have been in Minor Asia. It was mainly used for feed, and it was until the 50’s that it became an oil plant and until the 70’s that thanks to lab work in Canada it was transformed into Canola (Canadian Oil Low Acid), soon after it was placed as the second oilseed grown in the world. There are two products that come from the milling of this seed: Canola oil and meal. Canola oil has Omega 3 and Omega 6 in its natural state, both acids are essensial to reduce the cholesterol blood levels and protect our hearts.

Due to the high content of oil in the grain (40-44%), canola is mainly used as oilseed to extract edible oil.

Canola Oil

It is made from canola seeds through mechanical extraction as well as chemical solvents, for future refining.

Canola Meal

This product comes from the milling of canola seeds. Canola meal is commonly used as animal feed around the world and its main markets are poultry, swine, and cattle industries. After soy meal, canola meal is the second most sold source of vegetable protein.

Benefits of Soy

Soy is farmed for its seeds, which contain a high level of oil and protein. Soybeans and its sub products (mainly oil and flour) are used as human food and animal feed.

This specie comes from China; its name was given in Japan. It is commercialized around the world due to its multiple uses.

During WWI, soy was used as raw material in vegetable oil, and up to now thanks to its price, availability and functionality, it is one of the most productive oilseeds in the world.

It is used as edible oil, raw material in the production of oilseed meal for animal feed, as well as raw material for cosmetics, plastics, varnish, lubricants and biodiesel.

Its high content of protein (approximately 50%), fiber and low content of fats makes it a great meat substitute. We could find a grand variety of soy products such as textured soy, soy sauce, tofu, soy milk and others.

It is cholesterol free oil, with a high content of polyunsaturated acids and low saturated acids.

Benefits of Safflower

Safflower plant comes from India and its crops have spread worldwide. It is resistant to drought yet vulnerable to freezing temperatures.

Oil from this seed is flavorless and colorless with a high content of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated acids, known to benefit health by reducing cardiovascular disease. As far nutrition, it is similar to sunflower seed, mostly used for cooking oil, salad dressing and in the production of margarines. It is also used as a nutrition supplement. Its meal is used as cattle feed and it has a 22-25% protein.

It also has a variety of commercial purposes as well, such as bird food, flour, production of soap and paint.

Benefits of Sunflower

Sunflowers come from the Southeast in the US and North of Mexico, where you may still find it in the wilderness.

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