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Cottonseed Oil Health Benefits

Cotton has long been known as nature’s unique food and fiber plant.Cottonseed oil is extracted from cottonseed and has been a part of the American diet for well over a century.

 

Until the 1940’s, it was the major vegetable oil produced in the United States.Cottonseed oil has many food applications. As a salad oil, it is used in mayonnaise, salad dressings, sauces, and marinades.

 

As cooking oil, it is used for frying in both commercial and home cooking. As a shortening or margarine, it is ideal for baked goods and cake icings.

 

Cottonseed oil has a mild, nut like taste. It is generally clear with a light golden colour, but like most oils, the degree of colour depends on the amount of refining.

 

Clear, colourless oils are not necessarily better oils, but may have been refined more severely.

 

Cotton seed has a similar structure to other oilseeds such as sunflower seed, having an oil-bearing kernel surrounded by a hard outer hull; in processing, the oil is extracted from the kernel.

 

Cottonseed oil is low in cholesterol which makes it a great choice for those who want to lower their cholesterol levels.

 

Cottonseed oil is processed specially for a vast range of applications in the manufacture of foods and is known to be a good substitute for cocoa butter in confectionery.

 

Almost all of the polyunsaturated fatty acids in Cottonseed Oil are linoleic acid.

 

Compared with other commonly used fats and oils, Cottonseed Oil has midlevel saturated fatty acid content.

 

This characteristic makes Cottonseed Oil saturated enough to be more stable than most cooking oils, but it is not as saturated as some of the hard fats.

 

Cottonseed contains some natural toxins. One such naturally occurring toxin present in the cottonseed is gossypol.

 

This toxin is produced in the seeds and helps the plant against the infestation of insects.

 

This toxin is used as a component in male contraceptives in China. It can cause a series of reactions in men who suffer from a deficiency of potassium.

 

Gossypol tends to decrease the motility of the sperms and interferes with spermatogenesis.

 

This condition can prove detrimental to men’s fertility. The presence of gossypol in the body tends to interfere with the metabolism of potassium and can be a causative factor for paralysis among men who have a low intake of potassium in their diet.

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