Cold-Pressing is an oil-extraction method in which the oil from oilseeds is extracted by compressing (crushing) the seeds at low temperatures. The key benefit of the process is that all the nutrients in the oil are retained. Other oil extraction processes like Expeller-Pressing involve high pressures and high temperatures which lead to loss of nutrients.
In addition to the retention of vital nutrients, another key benefit of cold-pressing lies in the process being completely natural. It does not involve the use of any chemicals, additives or artificial substances.
That is why this blog always makes it a point to recommend using only cold-pressed Mustard Oil. There are refined variants of Mustard Oil available in the market but these are manufactured using a process called Solvent Extraction which involves high temperatures and the use of chemicals. The health benefits are either lost or significantly diluted along the way.
The wonder of Mustard Oil lies in its dazzling array of nutrients. This oil is packed with Vitamin E, Vitamin B Complex, natural antioxidants, calcium and selenium. It is also a rich source of good fats like Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA) and Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA). Moreover, it is one of the largest plant-based sources for a vital nutrient called Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Just think about this: if it weren’t for cold-pressing, all these nutrients would have been lost.
Cold-Pressing also keeps another invaluable characteristic of Mustard Oil intact: its pungency. This pungency comes from a compound called AllylIsothiocyanate or AITC. This gives Mustard Oil the power to fight and prevent cancer. In processes like refining, AITC is lost and the resultant oil loses its pungency… and its health benefits.
So if you have chosen Mustard Oil because it offers a fascinating array of health benefits, make sure it’s Cold-Pressed Mustard Oil. No compromises!