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Guide to Choosing Cooking Oils

Guide to Choosing Cooking Oils

Laini Oldfield | December 9, 2020

Ever wondered which oil to use for which purpose?

I’ve been loving learning more about them lately.

Check out the simple explanations below, and keep scrolling for the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ of each oil.

Why Cold Pressed?

Cold pressing means that all the stuff below is not part of the product process:

– Nutrient-neutralising heat,
– Caustic chemical solvents
– Industrial refining

 

It’s simply the oils pressed out of the fruit / nut / seed it came from.

 

What Does ‘Extra Virgin’ Mean?

Extra Virgin means it’s the very first time that fruit / nut / seed has been squashed.

It means it’s higher in nutrients, richness and taste. Extra Virgin oil goes through testing for acidity, chemical make up and sensory quality before it can be called Extra Virgin.

It also means it usually has a lower smoke point, so keep it under it’s identified smoke point temperature when cooking.

The more times that fruit / nut / seed is squashed, the name changes to things like ‘refined’, ‘cooking oil’, ‘deodorised’, or ‘processed’.

 

What Does ‘Smoke Point’ Mean?

When an oil is heated past its smoke point, it becomes unstable, generates toxic fumes and free radicals which are harmful to your body when ingested or inhaled.

Oil Comparison

This comparison was so fun to create. I guess I’m becoming a food geek. Unashamedly too!

Oh – and watch for our ‘New Products’ announcement soon. These oils will hitting the shelves soon (all Certified Organic & Cold Pressed):

Safflower Oil

Apricot Kernel Oil
Pumpkin Seed Oil 
Walnut Oil

Sesame Oil, Cold Pressed & Certified Organic

Taste? 
– Nutty flavour

How?
– Stir-frying, sauteing, for added flavour as a condiment

Smoke Point?

177 °C (351 °F)

Why? 

– Cold pressed is the best choice as it’s the least processed option and contains the most nutrients.

– It’s high in zinc and copper that are beneficial to the blood and heart.

– It also has calcium, which is necessary for bone growth and bone healing.

– It has lignins which contain polyphenols that can prevent cardiovascular diseases.

– Sesame oil has chemical compounds, sesamol and sesamin, that have been found to reduce certain types of cancer cells.

– Sesame oil also helps promote healthy skin and hair. It can be used for treating inflamed, irritated and damaged skin. The oil penetrates deep into the skin, fights bacteria and leaves the skin detoxified.

 

Sunflower Oil, Cold Pressed & Certified Organic

Taste?
– Neutral, clean taste

How?
– Salad dressing, mayonnaise, and low heating frying

Smoke Point?
107 °C (225 °F)

Why?

– Based on the latest findings, small amounts of Sunflower oil may provide marginal benefit to heart health due to the high oleic compounds found in the oil.

– High linoleic oils like sunflower oil are unstable when cooked at high temperatures and produce dangerous compounds when deep frying.

– It’s great for your skin (thanks to it’s good levels of Vitamin E – one of the most skin-friendly antioxidants, and Vitamin A). The oil is light and non-greasy – great for easy absorption into the skin without blocking pores.

– Massaging sunflower oil into your scalp once a week can help to soften dry, frizzy hair and adds a beautiful shine.

A study in 15 healthy adults found that those who ate a diet rich in high oleic sunflower oil for 10 weeks had significantly lower blood levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides, compared with those who ate a diet containing a similar amount of saturated fat.

– Overall using sunflower oil at a lower heat is probably fine but there are plenty of other alternatives that may be better to use than sunflower oil.

MCT Oil, Original – 100% Organic Coconut Oil Derived

Taste?
– No taste or smell

How?
– Smoothies, bulletproof coffee, and salad dressings

Smoke Point?
160°C (320°F)

Why?

–  MCT oil may support weight loss by increasing fullness, fat loss, energy burning, ketone production and by improving your gut environment.

– It can also reduce insulin resistance which eventually helps control blood sugar levels and support diabetes management. 

– MCT oil is easily absorbed and transported throughout the body. It can be used as an instant source of energy or can be converted into ketones to fuel your brain.

– May reduce lactate buildup in athletes and help use fat for energy.

– MCT oil may improve brain function, which could have benefits for people with epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and autism.

– MCT oil contains fatty acids that have been shown to reduce the growth of yeast and bacteria. Overall, MCTs may have a variety of antimicrobial and anti-fungal effects.

– MCT oil may reduce heart disease risk factors such as weight, cholesterol and inflammation. Adding it to your diet could help lower your risk of heart disease.

*Keep to 1-2 tablespoons per day, as more than that could increase the amount of fat in your liver in the long term.

Sweet Almond Oil, Certified Organic

Taste? 
– Nutty flavour

How? 
– Body care (it’s quite thick so it can be tricky to use in cooking, but your skin LOVES it!), high-heat cooking, salad dressing (combine with apple cider vinegar and chopped herbs), sauces, flavouring (drizzle over your favourite side dish to give it an extra kick, or drizzle over pasta to give it a boost of healthy fats).

Smoke Point? 
221 °C (430 °F)

Why? 

– Super high in Vitamin E (1 tablespoon gives us 26% of our recommended daily intake)

Vitamin E is a group of eight fat-soluble compounds that have antioxidant properties. These compounds protect cells from harmful substances called free radicals.

Higher intakes of vitamin E can help lower the risk of heart disease, age-related macular degeneration and cognitive decline in the elderly

And used on the skin? Vitamin E helps protect the skin from sun damage and premature ageing, as well as helping prevent the spread of stretch marks.

Use it as a gentle makeup remover, a natural skin or hair moisturiser (it’s less expensive than most skin moisturisers and doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients), or a velvety massage oil. You can also use it as a carrier oil to dilute essential oils when you’re applying them to the skin.

– Super high in good fats and super low in bad fats

Diets rich in unsaturated fat may provide some health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease and obesity, and they may aid weight loss.

– May help keep your heart healthy

– Has been shown to lower levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol

– High in antioxidants

– May be beneficial for blood sugar control (in one study, participants who consumed a breakfast with added almond oil had lower blood sugar, both after the meal and throughout the day, compared to participants who did not eat almond oil)

– Excellent source of potassium and zinc.

Extra Virgin Avocado Oil, Cold Pressed, Australian & Certified Organic

Taste?
Nutty, buttery, ‘clean’.

How? 
High-heat cooking, salad dressing, home-made mayo, body care (add a little to dry skin or use it to create a moisturising hair mask), add a tablespoon to smoothies for a dose of good fats, sub for butter when baking (basically this is a ‘safe and awesome to use for anything’ oil!).

Smoke Point? 
271 °C (520 °F) – that’s the highest of them all!

Why? 
– It’s rich in Oleic Acid, which is a very healthy fat
– A fantastic source of antioxidants
– Reduces cholesterol and improves heart health
– High in Lutein, an antioxidant that has benefits for the eyes (tip: your body doesn’t produce lutein, so you must obtain it from your diet)
– Enhances the absorption of important nutrients (there is good reason to include a healthy fat source like – avocado oil when eating vegetables, as it may increase the absorption of carotenoid antioxidants up to 17-fold).
– May reduce symptoms of arthritis
– May help prevent gum disease (hello better breath)
– Used on the skin, it may improve would healing and psoriasis
– Neautralises free radicals (In rats, avocado oil is able to enter cell mitochondria and decrease the production of harmful free radicals. We assume the same is true for humans.)
– It’s simply the oil pressed from the pulp of avocados 
– No cholesterol

Flaxseed oil – Australian, Cold Pressed, Certified Organic


Tastes?
– Clean, crisp and mildly nutty

How?
– Smoothies (add a splash in)
– Salad dressings (my fave way)
– As a nutritional supplement
– Applied directly to skin / hair
– Keep it cold. Do not use at high heats.

Smoke Point?: 107ºC

Why?
– A great way to get the omegas in.
– Packed with antioxidants and many other vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, selenium, phosphorus and vitamin B6.
– Extraordinarily high levels of soluble and insoluble fibre, which support optimum gut health (specifically the colon, digestive health, and even helps with healthy weight loss).

Macadamia Oil – Australian, Cold Pressed, Certified Organic


Taste?

– A lovely subtle nutty flavour

How?
– Baking
– Frying / deep frying
– Salad dressings
– Fabulous skin / hair moisturiser 
– Use at low or high heat due it it’s high smoke point (even higher than olive oil!). Good choice for sautéing, roasting and grilling.

Smoke Point?: 210ºC

Why?
– High levels of Vitamin E (hence why it’s great for skin and hair).
– Lightweight and well absorbed in the skin without feeling greasy. 
– High in monounsaturated fatty acids, including Oleic Acid (Omega 9), which are very moisturising, regenerating and softening on the skin, and are anti-inflammatory.
– The Omega 6 helps to restore the skin’s barrier function and reduce water loss. 
– Also contains Omega 7, an active anti-microbial that’s found naturally in youthful skin. Omega 7 levels in our skin reduce with age, contributing to the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and weathered skin. 
– Has been shown to slow the signs of ageing and has also been used to improve the appearance of scars, sunburn and other minor skin irritations.

Hemp Seed Oil – Australian, Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed, Certified Organic


Taste?

– Pleasant nutty flavour

How?
– Cooking / baking (up to it’s smoke point of 165ºC)
– Salad dressings and pasta
– Smoothies
– Moisturiser

Smoke Point?: 165ºC

Why?

– Known for its healing properties due to its great nutritional value.
– Contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
– Extremely high in omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, which may assist in achieving healthy skin. 
– Contains the ideal 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 (GLA) to Omega-3 (SDA) essential fatty acids which can help the body to metabolise fat, counteract ageing, increase immune system strength, lower cholesterol, and help prevent cardiovascular disease. 
– Soothing for dry / itchy skin, and has been shown to counteract the skin’s ageing process.

Olive Oil – Australian, Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed, Certified Organic


Taste?

– Fragrant and fruity

How?

– Baking / roasting / frying (up to it’s smoke point of 190ºC)
– Salad dressings

Smoke Point?: 190ºC

Why?

– Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains, more than any other grade, the health-promoting nutrients that olive oil is famous for.
– High quantities of healthy fats.
– Contains oleocanthal which has anti-inflammatory agents.
– Simply the juice of the first-crush of premium Aussie organic olives.

Coconut Oil – Purified & Deodorised, Cold Pressed, Certified Organic


Taste?

Physically removed odour and flavour. Neutral.

How?
– All things hot!
Baking / frying / roasting / sautéing

Smoke Point: 232ºC

Why?
– It’s the 3rd press. The 3rd time that coconut is squashed. That means it’s a more heat-safe oil to use for high temperatures.
– The components that come out in the first press are not safe at high heats, as they turn into trans fats.
– Refined coconut oils do not offer the same health benefits of a virgin, completely raw coconut oil, but they are still excellent sources of most of the beneficial fatty acids (like MCTs).
– No cholesterol
– One of our routine questions before bringing this oil on was to ensure the deodorisation process was through ‘steaming’ rather than through the use of harsh solvents, as is often the case. Good news – this oil has been deodorised through the use of steam – no chemicals added.
– Most refined coconut oils are made from the rancid oil byproducts leftover from creating desiccated coconut flakes. Sadly, these are refined, bleached, and deodorised in an effort to create a palatable product that can be sold to consumers. Many coconut oils are even hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated! This coconut oil is made of sound, mature, organic coconuts that have been selected, de husked, de shelled, testa removed, cut, dehydrated pressed before expelling and extracting the oil and simply packing it up for you to eat.

A note from Ashley regarding coconut oil: “Whilst it’s high in saturated fats, it contains lauric acids and is high in Medium-Chain-Fatty-Acids (MCFA), and is a great fat for you.”

Coconut Oil – Virgin, Cold Pressed, Certified Organic


Taste?

Smooth, healthy and delicious. Coconut-ty.

How?
– Raw desserts
– Oven (up to it’s smoke point of 170ºC)
– 
Hair and skin moisturiser
– Eye make up remover (the only one in my bathroom!)

Smoke Point?: 170ºC

Why?
– The ‘1st press’. The first time they squish that coconut! Great to use in raw desserts and even in the oven up to 170 degrees (interesting fact: there’s no difference between extra virgin and virgin coconut oil).
– No cholesterol
– High in medium chain fatty acids (a good thing). Read more about the benefits of MCTs here.
– It has a similar molecular structure to the oil in our skin, making its nourishing vitamins and minerals easily absorbed.
– Coconut is a rich source of B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E and the essential minerals iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
– Great for brain health. 
– No cholesterol
– High in Medium Chain Fatty Acids

Inca Inchi Oil

Taste?
– Mild nutty flavour

How?
– Salad dressings, in smoothies, on vegetables, pasta, to make a mayonnaise, as a dipping sauce, with a vinaigrette, as a replacement for flax seed oil or taken on its own as a food supplement

Smoke Point?
0°C – It’s best not heated to ensure the fatty acids are preserved.

Why?

–  Organic, land-based oil that contained Omega 3 (ALA), Omega 6 and Omega 9, without colours, flavours, emulsifiers or deodorants (found in some other oils).

–  It’s virgin cold pressed, additive-free, non-refined vegetable oil.

– It is processed mechanically using techniques that do not alter the nature, nor the quality of the oil.

– This oil won gold medals at the European food fair in France for best new culinary oil.

– Omega 3 may help fight depression and anxiety, prevent cancer, boost brain and heart health and treat asthma.

– Omega-6 fats are essential fats that are an important source of energy for the body.

– Omega 9 may decrease inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity.

*Daily intake 10gms.

Why Not Vegetable Oil?

Shock horror, there’s no veggies in Vegetable Oil.

But that’s not why I avoid them.

So-called ‘vegetable’ oils are actually often made from tough seeds and legumes that were originally grown for industrial use, not human consumption. These seeds must be treated chemically in order to be processed into a pourable, somewhat more human-friendly liquid.

Thanks to their high levels of polyunsaturated fats, it’s highly unstable, which makes it inflammatory, and super damaging to our insides when it oxidizes.

Quick tip: Saturated fats are more stable fats because of their molecular structure. Unsaturated fats are less stable—and polyunsaturated fats are the least stable of all.

Polyunsaturated fats like those found in vegetable oils can become rancid simply from exposure to light through a clear glass bottle, which means that it’s basically gone bad even before you take it home from the store.

Vegetable oils can really do damage – so the most health-conscious path is to keep the stuff out of your body.

Don’t be fooled by pretty packages, great graphics, and phrases like ‘no trans fats’, ‘pure vegetable’, ‘all natural’ and so on.

Instead, know your oils, and buy the highest quality possible.

Check out a hefty comparison on even MORE oils here on Ashley the Kitchen Coach’s blog. Super informative.

Raspberry Pear and Oat Pancakes

Raspberry Pear and Oat Pancakes

Laini Oldfield | August 5, 2020

Serves                      2 adults or 4 kids

Prep                         5 mins

Cook                        10mins

 

This is an incredibly nutrient-dense breakfast! And topped with some yoghurt and maple syrup… mmmmmm…. it’s proven very popular indeed with our family over the years. I even taught this recipe at an in-person workshop with a bunch of mums and kids. The mums all loved it, and the kids were all asking for seconds and thirds!

 

The only caveat I would say is not to declare them ‘pancakes’ before you serve them up. If your little ones are expecting ‘pancakes’ as they them, they might give a knee-jerk reaction to these only because they don’t look the same. They’re not traditional pancakes but for the life of me, I cannot think of a better name for them. Once you try them, if you have any suggestions I’m all ears!

 

Ingredients:

5 Free Range eggs
3/4 cup rolled Oats
1 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/3 cup shredded Coconut
2 tbsp LSA meal
1 tbsp Chia seeds
1 juicy Pear / Apple grated
1/2 cup frozen Organic Raspberries
Optional: Maca powder (1/2tbsp), Hemp Seeds part swap out for oats

Methods:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add some Deodorised Coconut Oil to a fry pan.
  3. Add mixture to the desired size.
  4. Lightly pat down with the back of a large wet spoon.
  5. Cover pan with a lid while cooking.
  6. Cook and flip as a normal pancake.
  7. Serve warm.

*If you’re having trouble flipping it, cut into quarters then flip.

 

 

What’s in your sultanas?

What’s in your sultanas?

Laini Oldfield | August 5, 2020

That’s what sultanas should be anyway.

Just grapes.

100% sundried, organic Aussie Thompson green grapes.

But did you know that sultanas are very commonly coated in vegetable oil and sulphur dioxide?

The vegetable oil is meant to speed up the drying process (go figure) and stop clumping. The sulphur dioxide? It’s a preservative.

It baffles me though. Because they’re simply not needed!

Not only are they not needed, they’re downright dangerous.

Sometimes Rosie points to the kiddie box of sultanas at the shops. She sees the pretty pictures of her favourite movie characters on the packaging and she’s hooked. She wants in.

But that’s one thing I’m a confident ‘no’ on.

Want a quick rundown on the reasons? Ok, let’s do it.

Shock horror, there’s no veggies in Vegetable Oil.

But that’s not why I avoid them.

So-called ‘vegetable’ oils are actually often made from tough seeds and legumes that were originally grown for industrial use, not human consumption. These seeds must be treated chemically in order to be processed into a pourable, somewhat more human-friendly liquid.

Thanks to their high levels of polyunsaturated fats, it’s highly unstable, which makes it inflammatory, and super damaging to our insides when it oxidises.

Quick tip: Saturated fats are more stable fats because of their molecular structure. Unsaturated fats are less stable—and polyunsaturated fats are the least stable of all.

Polyunsaturated fats like those found in vegetable oils can become rancid simply from exposure to light through a clear glass bottle, which means that it’s basically gone bad even before you take it home from the store.

Vegetable oils can really do damage – so the most health-conscious path is to keep the stuff out of your body.

Don’t be fooled by pretty packages, great graphics, and phrases like ‘no trans fats’, ‘pure vegetable’, ‘all natural’ and so on.

Instead, know your oils, and buy the highest quality possible.You can even cut down your oil use considerably by frying with water!

Learn more about which oil to use for which purpose, click here.

Alarmingly, Australian dried fruit actually has far more sulphites than in some other countries. Check this out.

In Australia, dried fruit typically contains extremely high amounts of sulphites – 3,000 parts per million (ppm) compared to 1,000 ppm in the EU, and far higher per serve than any other food consumed by children.

Analysis by a year 12 chemistry student at a Brisbane High School of dried apricots, peaches and pears found an average sulphite level of 2,885 mg/kg.

And our little people are scoffing it up!

Sulphites have been associated with a range of symptoms including…

Because of the strong connection with triggering asthma particularly, the World Health Organisation has called for sulphites to be reduced and phased out.

The effects of consumption are cumulative and often delayed. When sulphites are removed from the diet, children are generally much calmer and have a greater ability to concentrate and learn.

The Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of sulphite preservative as recommended by the World Health Organisation is 0.7mg per kg of bodyweight.

This means for an average 6 year old weighing 21 kg the ADI would be 15mg.

One dried apricot, dried by traditional methods, exceeds this amount and contains 16mg of sulphite.

For a 2 year old, the limit would be HALF a dried apricot!

Want to learn more about sulphites? Click here.

If you want to be sure your sultanas are just grapes, without pesticides, damaging vegetable oils or sulphur dioxide, pick up some Organic Sultanas here and save a bunch of coin too.




The Pancake Recipe Collection

The Pancake Recipe Collection

Laini Oldfield | June 15, 2020

Relate?!

Ok, ok…. I’m not a fan of eating our emotions, but sometimes a good pancake really hits the spot!

Here’s some pancakes made from whole, real foods that will both nourish and sustain your energy levels.

Enjoy!

Laini x

Powerhouse Protein Pikelets (hemp seeds)Easy “Golden Pikelets” (feels more ‘white and plain’ for those fussy eaters)

Gluten-free Dairy-free Buckwheat Pancakes

Quinoa Banana Pancakes for One
Banana Quinoa Protein Pancakes

Buckwheat Blueberry Pancakes
(Thermomix instructions which you can easily follow without one)
Breakfast Baked Apple Pancakes
Vegan Buckwheat Banana Blueberry pancakes RecipeGluten-free baked apple pancake recipe
Gluten-free, Gut-healthy Honey Pikelets
Thermomix Golden Pumpkin Pancakes (you can totally use your blender or food processor if you replace the cinnamon stick with powder though)
Honey PikeletsGolden pumpkin pancakes

Simple Simon Spelt Pancakes

Gluten-free Gut-Healthy Green Banana Flour Pancakes
Green Banana Flour Pancakes

Super Fluffy Green Banana Flour Pancakes

Cacao Pancakes
Green Banana PancakesCacao Pancakes


6 Science-Backed Benefits of Hemp Seeds

6 Science-Backed Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Laini Oldfield | June 11, 2020

Have you tried hemp seeds yet?!

They’re incredibly nutritious and super dooper easy to add into your family’s regular routine.

And yes, safe and very different to marijuana 😉

Hemp seeds have a pleasant mild, nutty flavour. They’re technically a nut but more easily digestible than nuts, seeds and legumes.

We add them to smoothies, pancake batter, cakes, breads, brownies, cookies, sprinkle them over smoothie bowls or cereal… the options are endless.

I’ve summarised science-backed benefits of hemp seeds below for you, and then below that, you’ll see some recipes using hemp seeds there for you.

Here we go with the 6 juicy science-backed health benefits.

They’re packed with nutrients we need to survive and thrive.


Paediatric Naturopath Jess Donovan conducted a live training in our Facebook Group, and outlined her top 5 essential nutrients for kids. Here they are…

I was so inspired that right afterwards, I got to work to identify the easiest strategy possible to get as many of those into my kids on a regular basis.

The answer?

Seeds.

Check out more on that here.

But we’re talking about hemp seeds today, and for good reason.

As you can see below, hemp seeds contain 4 of Jess’ 5 essential nutrients for kids!

Not only that, but they’re the leader for both zinc and magnesium, and in the top 3 for omega 3s and iron too!


Because protein breaks down slowly, the foods you eat at 7am will continue to nourish your body throughout the day.

That protein will support growth and repair, your immune system, and it also keeps your brain firing and your tummy feeling full for longer.

Bearing that in mind, protein is a great thing to get into your kids at breakfast, and in their lunch box at school.

Before we go any further, two things:

1. Protein deficiencies are very uncommon in our society.

So unless you’re working out a lot, or have some other special protein need, you don’t need specialised WPI powders or even vegan protein powders in your life on the regular.

2. Not all protein is created equal

Instead, we can get the protein we all need from a quality whole-food source that contains all 9 essential amino acids your body craves. Amino acids are the building blocks for protein.

What are some examples of a quality wholefood source of protein?

Here are my go-to’s:
Hemp seeds (of course!), rolled oats, nuts, seeds, yoghurt, coconut cream, chickpeas.

Hemp seeds are a great protein source, as more than 25% of their total calories are from high-quality protein (that’s considerably more than similar foods like chia seeds and flaxseeds, whose calories are 16–18% protein).

Did you know that hemp seeds contain more protein per gram than chicken?! (36.7g/100g, compared with 18.7g/100g).

In fact, by weight, hemp seeds provide similar amounts of protein as beef and lamb — 30 grams of hemp seeds, or 2–3 tablespoons, provide about 11 grams of protein [ref].

What’s more, they’re considered a ‘complete protein’ (rare in the plant kingdom), which means they contain all the essential amino acids, like quinoa does.

Your body can’t produce essential amino acids, so you must obtain them from your diet.


Good fats are great for brain function, long-lasting energy and satiation, supporting your gut health, and radiant hair, skin and nails.

My fave go-to’s are:
Hemp seeds (of course), avocado, nuts, nuts butter, coconut cream, cultured coconut cream yoghurt, and seeds.

Hemp seeds contain over 30% fat (the good kind).

They are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3).

They also contain gamma-linolenic acid, which has been linked to several health benefits (1).


Hemp seeds are also a great source of vitamin E (for immunity, hair, skin and nails), and minerals, such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.

You can see how zinc is a leader in at least 3 of those minerals by scrolling up to the infographics.


Hemp seeds may reduce symptoms associated with PMS and menopause, thanks to its high levels of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).

And with up to 80% of women suffering physical or emotional symptoms caused by PMS, this is an issue well worth addressing. [2]

Scientists believe the symptoms are likely caused by sensitivity to the hormone prolactin [3].

Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), found in hemp seeds, produces prostaglandin E1, which reduces the effects of prolactin [456]

Some studies have found that women with PMS who take 1 gram of essential fatty acids (including 210mg of GLA) per day, enjoyed a significant decrease in symptoms including breast pain, depression, irritability, and fluid retention [see references above].


Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide! By far. Check this out…

And it’s preventable!

Largely by our food choices.

It blows my mind there is not more work being done to educate people on the power of food to heal and prevent disease.

Anyhow…

Hemp seeds are a great source of arginine and gamma-linolenic acid, which have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.

To learn more about how it does it, and see info about studies, click here.



Pump Up the Nutrients with this Quinoa Fruit Crumble (you can swap the quinoa for oats for a traditional crumble if desired)Powerhouse Protein Pikelets
(a recipe for more traditional pikelets for fussy eaters is here, but definitely try these – they’re a hit in our house!)
Zingy Nectarine Maca Smoothie BowlMixed Berry Baked Oatmeal
Maca Nectarine Smoothie Bowl
Beautiful Beet & Ginger Smoothie“Free from lots” Crackers Recipe – Savoury or Sweet
Free From Lots Crackers
Get Into Good Gut Health With Prebiotic Five Seed Bread!
You could also sub any of the seeds in this prebiotic 5-seed bread, with hemp seeds.
Chocolate Hemp Protein Brownies
Healthy Five Seed BreadHemp Protein Brownies


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