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HOW TO CHOOSE A HEALTHFUL OIL
by Michael Murray N.D. professor of natural medicine

Here's what to look for:

  • Buy Organic - Look for "certified organic" on the label.  Manufacturers who have taken the time and trouble to have a third party certify their product, usually have taken care to develop a high quality oil.
  • Get cold pressed oil - Find products extracted by expeller presses at temperatures that don't exceed 98 degrees.  These methods eliminate light and oxygen during processing and avoid the use of high temperatures and pressures that denature commercial oils.
  • Good things come in dark bottles - Seek products in opaque plastic containers.  When light comes into contact with oil, it can degrade.  An opaque bottle keeps the oil fresh.
  • Don't buy off the shelf - Look for products sold in the refrigerator section of your favorite natural food store; quality manufacturers demand that their oil supplements and products be stored in refrigeration to protect the oils from rancidity.
  • Read the fine print -  Examine coding dates on the label that reveal the pressing date and the "use-by" recommendation; follow these dates religiously to protect freshness at home.
Now that you know what to buy, you are ready for kitchen duty.  Try your favorite home-made salad dressing made with organic flaxseed oil.  Or try hummus with some crushed flaxseeds sprinkled on top.  You'll probably thing of dozens of ways to make flaxseed or quality oils a regular part of your culinary repertoire.