Cotton seed oil

These products are extracted from the cotton seeds. The offered range of product is an unrefined lose oil and is supplied and demanded by Edible Oil Refinery Plants. These products are stored in high capacity storage tanks. Some of the features of these products are Rich in nutrients and hygienically processed.

 

Cottonseed oil is a cooking oil extracted from the seeds of cotton plant of various species, mainly Gossypium hirsutum and Gossypium herbaceum. Cotton grown for oil extraction is one of the big four genetically modified crops grown around the world, next to soy, corn, and rapeseed (canola), mostly Monsanto products. Once processed, cottonseed oil has a mild taste and appears generally clear with a light golden color, the amount of color depending on the amount of refining. Cottonseed oil has a relatively high smoke point as a frying medium. Like other long-chain fatty acid oils, cottonseed oil has a smoke point of about 450 °F (232 °C). Cottonseed oil is high in tocopherols which also contribute its stability giving products that contain it a long shelf life, hence manufacturers' proclivity to use it in packaged goods. 

A Few Lesser Known Facts About Cottonseed Oil:

1. Did you know that cottonseed oil is used as a yardstick for measuring the flavour as well as odor qualities in other oils?

2. Unlike many other oils, this oil does not revert rapidly in flavour even when heated to very high temperatures.

3. Cottonseed oil is one of the main ingredients in most oriental dishes.


Composition and Nutritional Value of Cottonseed Oil:

A large percentage of the polyunsaturated fatty acids present in cottonseed oil is linoleic acid. When it is compared to other oils and fats that are commonly used, the saturated fatty acid that it contains is midlevel; it is this that makes it more stable than other oils that are used in cooking.

Although it is very well-saturated, it still does not equal some of the hard fats that are available. To make them stable, a number of vegetable oils are required to be hydrogenated and while they are going through the process, trans fats develop. Due to its natural stability, cottonseed oil does not contain trans fats.

The contents of cottonseed oil are as follows:

  • Linoleic acid: 49 per cent to 58 per cent.
  • Oleic acid: 15 per cent to 20 per cent.
  • Palmitic acid: 22 per cent to 26 per cent.
  • Behenic acid and lignoceric acid/Arachidic acid: 10 per cent.

Cottonseed oil is rich in tocopherols which are an excellent source of Vitamin E and are natural antioxidants, making them beneficial for our health. As mentioned earlier, they help us in fighting free-radicals. With three times the amount of unsaturated fatty acids as saturated ones, many health experts all over the world claim that this oil is a healthy one. It suits the diets we follow in this modern age.