Here are some key points about grapeseed oil. More detail is in the main article.
- Grapeseed oil is high in omega-6 fatty acids.
- The oil can be used in hair and on the skin as part of your beauty regimen.
- Buy expeller- or cold-pressed oil for use in the kitchen.
Grapeseed oil is a byproduct of winemaking. After wine is made by pressing grapes, grape seeds are left behind. Grapeseed oil is extracted from these leftover grape seeds. Grapeseed oil is used as a natural beauty product. It's also marketed as a healthy alternative to vegetable oil.
Does grapeseed oil live up to the hype? Read on to find out.
Is grapeseed oil safe to consume?
The health benefits of grapeseed oil are controversial. Part of this controversy is because of how the oil is processed. Most commercially available grapeseed oil is made using chemical solvents like hexane. Hexane is classified as an air pollutant and neurotoxin.
It's unclear what effect consuming these solvents has on humans in trace amounts. During processing, grapeseed oil may also be heated to very high temperatures which may oxidize the oil and make it go bad.
Grapeseed oil that's cold-pressed or expeller-pressed does not use chemical solvents or high heat during processing. It's a better choice than oil made with solvents.
Health benefits of grapeseed oil
Grapeseed oil is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), mostly omega-6 fatty acids. According to the American Heart Association, PUFAs may be beneficial to your heart if they're used in place of saturated fats and trans fats in your diet.
Research shows that PUFAS may reduce cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. But there's a catch: Optimal health depends on the proper balance of omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids in your body. Most people get more than enough omega-6 fatty acids in their diet and not nearly enough omega-3s.
Studies show that too much omega-6 fatty acid may cause inflammation that may lead to chronic diseases, including cancer. If you're already getting enough omega-6 in your diet, regularly consuming grapeseed oil may put your omega-6 intake at unhealthy levels.
Grapeseed oil is a good source of vitamin E, even more so than olive oil. Vitamin E is a vitamin that works as a fat-soluble antioxidant, which helps protect your cells from damaging free radicals that have been associated with cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses. Vitamin E also supports your...