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Comparing Hemp Oil To Other Fatty Oils

Comparing Hemp Oil To Other Fatty Oils

Authored By The Hempmeister

Comparing Hemp Oil To Other Fatty Oils

As very little is known about hemp oil amongst the general public we thought it would be a good idea to make a comparison between hemp oil and some of the more widely used fatty based oils. Read more below.

Hemp oil is often lauded as being on of the ‘friendliest’ oils in terms of nutrition and content of desirable fats and packing a good dose of vitamins and minerals too. In terms of its prowess as a cooking oil we’ve decided to see how it matches up with three other popular oils in terms of nutrition and types of fat.

The oils we’re comparing hemp oil to are some of the most common ones found in kitchens around the world - extra virgin olive oil, sunflower oil, and sesame oil. Each have their own specific qualities, and admittedly, all three are nutritious in their own right - but we want to see how the oft-unloved hemp oil stacks up. 

To make the test fair we’ve opted to use supermarket oils to measure up against a hemp oil we bought earlier, a fairly common type of cold-pressed unrefined hemp oil which can typically be bought online or via health food stores. Instead of using the internet for info we’ve decided to compare the labels directly and post the results on this article.

The factors we’ll be comparing are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid content, the types of saturated fat in the oil, as well as marking the amount of calories in the oils and their general fat content. We’re confident that hemp will stand out in some areas, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll guaranteed outclass all the other oils. Here are the results of what we found.

 

So to summarise our comparisons, let’s first talk about fat saturation. Saturated fats are the ‘bad’ kind of fats which we’re supposed to avoid, whilst monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the ‘good’ kind which we can more readily consume.

As for these 4 oils, in terms of having the ‘best’ fat configuration, it’s interesting to note that the sunflower oil is the lightest on saturated fat, with hemp coming in second. This is a fine result, but when you check for our next main criteria, you may still select hemp based on its nutritious content. 

In certain niche diets, as well as in your everyday diet, we require omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids to help maintain our bodies. Cooking oils can often contain these and are also used as supplements to provide the body with the extra nutrition. In foods the best ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 one can have is 4:1 - this provides the most benefit to the body. 

In terms of all these oils, hemp is by far the one that represents the best of the ratio - not only is it incredibly high in omega-3 (this is rare even in the plant kingdom), but the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 is about 2:1 or 3:1 in some cases. For certain diets this can be extremely beneficial, as the high saturation of omega-3 and that tight ratio means the supplement can help nourish your body on multiple levels.

Our CBD oil is based on hemp oil, so you’re also going to get a big kick of beneficial fatty acids as you use it, along with the benefits of CBD.

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