Friday, June 26, 2009

Oils and free radicals

I was unable to post yesterday and I am sorry. I will have a complete meal to make up for that in today's post. To finish the topic on Oils. There are so many on the shelves today, it is easy to be unsure which to pick. Everyone has their favorites, but not all are good for you and some need to be stored just right to keep fresh.
First, when you are purchasing a oil, whether olive oil, safflower, or canola. It needs to be Cold Pressed. This will insure that the high temperatures have not Oxidized the molecules that create Free Radicals. Free Radicals are damaging to the body in that they break the body down and cause cancer. When damaged cells come in contact with these scavenger molecules, they steal molecules from healthy cells and cause them to be damaged making a chain reaction of destruction. A great example of this is shown in The body has to fight hard to get back to balance and stop these free Radicals from continuing and then restore the damaged cells and tissue.
When oils have been heated to 375-400 degrees they start to create this oxidation in the oil. When you buy cold pressed oils you do not have to worry about that. Then you have to think about how to cook with it correctly. You can heat the oil but try not to heat above the 375 degrees. That means you want to avoid eating fried foods, if you do very seldom. When cooking over the stove, it is mostly used for infusing taste and seasonings, the oil is not used for to long.
The oils that are best to use are Olive Oil, Canola, and Coconut Oil. I try to put all my oils in the refrigerator to keep them fresh longer. The Coconut oil is amazing because you can nourish your skin after being in the sun for to long, it replenishes lost Vitamin F and K. It is even used as a natural sunscreen if used correctly, just rub the oil over the skin the night before going out in the sun. That way the skin has absorbed the qualities it needs.
It would be nice to also mention that the saturated oils and fats that you consume become cholesterol. Some times that cholesterol like oils are stored in the skin, just underneath. When you are out in the sun you need to take correct precautions to avoid over exposure, but when out for at least 20- 30 minutes in the sunlight that cholesterol is transformed into Vitamin D. The only natural and true way the body absorbs the Vitamin D is when the body makes it. So you get rid of unwanted cholesterol and you make Vitamin D, it's a very good thing. That is why it is so important to make sure you and your children are outside getting fresh air and letting the body do this amazing transformation. You always need Vitamin D to assist in the absorption of Calcium. Children need this for there fast growing bones and adults to maintain there bone integrity. If Vitamin D is low it can cause irritability, as well as bone problems.
Oils have many beneficial items as well like omega 3 and more. That will have to be another day though.
Today's recipe is one of my favorites.

Baked Zitti
1 package of whole wheat pasta.
1 lb of ground turkey meat
The chunky tomato sauce recipe from post(dangers of Add' 6-19-09)
1 lb Mozzarella cheese
1 Zucchini sliced Julianne
1 tbsp seasoning of sesame seeds and dulse- great taste and great vitamins and minerals

Start wit the tomato sauce you will need time to allow that to cook down, then boil the pasta and brown the meat. I then add zucchini, meat and seasoning to the chunky tomato sauce mix and simmer for another 6 minutes. Then add pasta and sauce mixture to oven temper dish and add the cheese to the top. Baked in 250 degrees for 20 minutes until cheese is melted.

Serve a fresh tossed salad.

Dessert is 1/2 cup of yogurt with mixed fresh berries on top.

Have a blessed and healthy day.

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