Bulk Edible Oil Blog

Comparing Types of Fat: Monounsaturated Polyunsaturated Saturated & Trans

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Did you know that your oil is made up of a few different types of fats — some of which are regarded as healthy and some of which are not?

There are 3 natural types of fat: Saturated Fat, Monounsaturated Fat and Polyunsaturated Fat.

Saturated fat is listed on the nutritional label of your products as a subcategory.  Though they’re not often mentioned, there are 2 more subtypes that could be listed in the same area: the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

These last two are what is considered “good fat”. On the flip side, saturated fat is generally considered to be the “bad fat”.  However, with the popularity of coconut oil, this has come under hot debate recently.

Trans fat seems to be in it’s own category, a widely known bad type of fat that is artificially created through partial-hydrogenation.

By looking at the different types of fat and the ratios of each within an oil, you can determine which ones are healthier and which ones you should limit.

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Olive Oil Blends: Why Multiple Oils Are Ideal For Food Manufacturers

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

More and more, I’m recommending that my customers use an oil blend when they can — when their customers will appreciate it rather than feeling like it detracts from their product.

Why do I like these blends so much? I think an oil blend has a number of advantages that they bring to the table. But it all depends on what you’re looking for.

To be clear, a blend is a mix of two different types of oils. Both of them would have to be listed on your ingredient label, so you'd have two different oils in your product instead of one.

If you’ve been considering this option, today I’d like to help you see the oil blend option in a new light. 

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The Difference Between Solvent Expelled, Expeller Pressed and Cold Pressed Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

It’s hard to know exactly what you’re getting when it comes to oil. Oils are produced in lots of different ways — some are expelled using solvents like hexane, some are expeller pressed with a mechanical press that physically squeezes the oil out.

How an oil is produced isn’t always “clearly marked” either. Sometimes the descriptors are in the title, sometimes they’re in abbreviated form (so you’ve got to know the lingo), and sometimes they’re only in the description on the spec sheet. We’ve even found that some vendors are not so adept at quality control, so sometimes you will find no mention of how the oil is made on any documents — and it will be in your hands to make sure you ask the right questions and get the proper documentation.

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Are All Expeller Pressed Oils Also Non-GMO?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Expeller Pressed vs. Non-GMO: the interrelatedness of these two traits are a common point of discussion for me. Is all non-GMO oil expeller pressed? Is all expeller pressed oil automatically non-GMO?

These two terms are actually completely independent of each other, but often get confused because of how often they are used together in today’s natural oil descriptions.

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How Is Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Different Than Refined?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

How is Organic Virgin Coconut Oil different than Refined Coconut Oil?

These two types of coconut oil are actually quite different, and it’s important to know the exact differences before choosing one over the other. Depending on what you’re using the oil for, you’ll usually find that one will fit your purposes much better than the other. 

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What Does RBD Mean, In Relation To Bulk Oils?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

“RBD” is a term that you will hear commonly used when people are talking about oils of many different types. But what does it mean?

RBD is an acronym, which stands for Refined, Bleached and Deodorized. This acronym describes how the oil is processed, and whether it is a refined or unrefined product. It is used to describe a myriad of oils from canola to soy to olive to sunflower to grapeseed and more. However, the refining process is probably very different than you may be picturing, so I’ll tell you a little bit more about it.

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How Olive Oil Is Made

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Olive oil is the juice that comes from the olive, a fruit that is grown on the olive tree. The answer to exactly how olive oil is made will depend on the type of olive oil, or grade, that it is.

Today we’re going to do a basic review of the grades of olive oil and how they are made. You can learn in any way that you want — reading, visual slideshares or videos.

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Omega 3, 6 & 9: What They Are And How They Add Up

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

The term “omega” is usually thought of to be something healthy … a related to food and nutrition… and you should get more of them.

But do you really know what omega’s are? Most people don’t.

The more important question is why do your customers want to eat foods that contain omegas? Because healthy consumers everywhere are aware of the benefits and they are, in fact, looking for products that offer them. Understanding what each type of omega is, and why it’s healthy or unhealthy will give you some insight into your customers’ mindset.

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Monounsaturated vs. Polyunsaturated vs. Saturated Fat: What Are They?

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

 

Did you know that your oil is made up of a few different types of fats — some of which are regarded as healthy and some of which are not?

There are 3 common types of fat. The most common example is saturated fat: on a nutrition label, this specific type is listed as a subcategory below total fat on the nutrition label.

Though they’re not often mentioned, there are 2 more subtypes that could be listed in the same area: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These are the types of fats that most people in the oils business take notice of, because they are what is considered “good fat”. On the flip side, saturated fat is commonly considered to be the “bad fat”. (Trans fat seems to be in it’s own category, a widely known bad type of fat that is artificially created through partial-hydrogenation).

By looking at the different types of fat and the ratios of each within an oil, you can determine which ones are healthier and which ones you should limit.

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The Olive Oil Grades And How They’re Made [Video & Slideshare]

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

There are many different olive oil grades. Some are more common in retail and others are more common in industrial food manufacturing.

If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between these olive oil grades, it all how do to with how they are produced. Once you get an idea of how they’re made, you can start to see the differences between each and find which one is right for you — no matter if you’re a retail buyer, if you’re in manufacturing or food service.

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