What's the Deal with Algae Oil?

The Inspired Life-Cooking with Algae Oil

Here's the deal, folks. We all need fat. Yes, you read that right. We ALL. NEED. FAT. So all of these anti-fat diet fads are totally unhealthy, because the human body needs fat to sustain itself. 

Now, the deal is, we need good fat to sustain ourselves. There is a difference between good fat and bad fat, just like there's a difference in cooking your food in a healthy way and cooking it in an unhealthy way.

That brings me to our topic of discussion today: Algae Oil.

I first heard about it a few weeks ago from my mom, and I was intrigued. I mean, I thought EVOO and Coconut oil were as good as it got, but apparently I was wrong. So, like the naturally inquisitive person that I am, I quickly researched it, bought some, tried it out, and here we are today.

The Inspired Life-Algae Oil

When I started researching this magical fatty fluid, I started to feel like I was a little late to the game. Time Magazine wrote a post on it. One of my favorite health resources, Dr. Axe, wrote a post about it. But when it comes to good health, we can never share something too much, right?

At this point, if you're late to the game like me, I'm sure you're wondering...

What are the benefits of Algae Oil?

1. Algae Oil has the highest level of monosaturated fat (the good fat) of any cooking oil. In fact, just 1 tablespoon of AO gives the same about of good fat as 1 whole avocado!

2. Algae Oil has only 4% saturated fat (the bad fat) compared to Olive Oil's 14% and Coconut Oil's 87% (yowza).

3. Because of it's monosaturated fat content, AO helps to keep your heart healthy, it helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure level, and it helps to decrease blood clot production. It also helps reduce inflammation. 

4. Algae Oil is good for pregnant women. It has a high DHA (omega-3) content, so it's great for brain development. Eat up, mama's!

5. Because of the DHA (omega-3) content, it's good for eye health and brain health in adults. It helps to improve memory, and could be good for people suffering from Alzheimer's. 

6. It's a great alternative to fish oil, especially for vegetarians and vegans. 

When it comes to cooking...

Algae Oil has the highest smoke point out of the healthy cooking oils, and you can fry with it. It has a neutral flavor (kind of like vegetable oil), so it won't impact the flavor of what you're cooking or baking. I made a stir fry with it on Monday night, and it turned out great! 

Will I still use EVOO and Coconut Oil for cooking and baking? Absolutely! Sometimes, I prefer the flavor of olive oil in my food, especially when preparing anything Italian. And coconut oil can be great to replace vegetable oil in baking. 

That being said, I still give Algae Oil an A+ rating, and it has become a permanent member of my kitchen. I come from a family with a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, and even Alzheimer's, so I need all the help I can get.

Will you try out Algae Oil? If so, let me know how it goes and what you think of it!

LesLeigh J.

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