You know you’re a hit when celebrities make up pet names for you. So, when celebrity chef Rachel Ray coined the term EVOO for the already popular extra virgin olive oil, its fame hit the stratosphere. But any celebrity will tell you that fame is a double-edged sword. Imposter oils are everywhere and you’ve most likely been scammed. Fear not Gentle Stir Fryer. I’m going to tell you about an oil that not only has a high smoke point and mild flavor, but will help you lose weight as well.
Unless you’ve been in a coma for the last decade or two, you already know the benefits of green tea. It’s rich in protective antioxidants that aid with multiple health issues – cholesterol, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and diabetes.
Green tea seed oil is the answer to your EVOO dilemma. It has a similar nutritional profile to green tea. Although this oil is commonly used in Asia, we’re just getting the word in western countries. Here’s how it stacks up—
- balanced in mono/poly unsaturated fat
- source of Omega 3 & 6
- low saturated fatty acids
- Rich in vitamin E and polyphenols
- 0 grams of trans fat
- no cholesterol
- smoke point 485o
We could stop right here and it would be just be great cooking oil, but it gets even better. It’s believed that green tea seed oil has an anti-obesity effect – in other words it helps you lose weight. Research published in 2008 shows that mice fed the oil as 30 percent of their diet for 85 days loss a significant amount of weight.
Green tea extract has been shown to increase thermogenesis, the generation of body heat that occurs during digestion. The mechanism in the mouse study is not known for sure but it looks promising and research continues.
Since we’re throwing around cute little pet names like EVOO I’m going to go ahead and call it a boutique oil since the masses haven’t discovered it yet.
Green tea seed oil is another all around replacement oil that’s worthy of giving a try. The taste is reported to be mild which makes it great for salads, dips, and marinades and the smoke point makes it perfect for high heat cooking.