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A Healthy Solution for Baking – Alligga Flaxseed Cooking Oil

By: Evita Basilio

Did you know you can take out the solid fats in your recipe and use our healthy flaxseed cooking oil instead? Eliminate trans and reduce saturated fats in your recipes by substituting solid fat for Alligga Flaxseed Cooking Oil.  If a recipe calls for this much solid fat – try making it with this much of our flaxseed cooking oil

Solid Fat Alligga Flaxseed Cooking Oil
1 cup (250 mL) ¾ cup (175 mL)
¾ cup (175 mL) 2/3 cup (150 mL)
½ cup (125 mL) 1/3 cup (75 mL)
¼ cup (50 mL) 3 Tbsp (45 mL)
1 Tbsp (15 mL) 2 tsp (10 mL)
1 tsp (5 mL) ¾ tsp (4 mL)

What is solid fat?

Fats that are solid at room temperature are saturated fats and can come from animals such as beef, pork and chicken fat, butter, cream and milk fat. Vegetable sources are coconut, palm and palm kernel oils, and hydrogenated oils like shortening and margarine. Margarine and shortening are solid fats made through hydrogenation where an oil, usually high in unsaturated fat is converted to saturated fat by adding hydrogen. Most of the time the hydrogenation is partial which makes the oil less likely to spoil but which creates unhealthy trans-fatty acids as a result.

Why is saturated and trans-fat bad?

They both raise your lousy (LDL) cholesterol and lower your healthy (HDL) cholesterol. A high LDL cholesterol level in combination with a low HDL cholesterol level increases your risk of heart disease. Furthermore, the hydrogenation of an oil increases your cholesterol more than other types of fats would, possibly because adding hydrogen to oil makes the oil more difficult to digest.

Flaxseed Oil is a healthier solution!

Our Alligga Flaxseed Cooking Oil is cold-pressed, unrefined and natural. It has 61% Omega-3s – the highest out of any other edible oil. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid which cannot be naturally produced by the body and must be obtained through our diets. Regular intake of Omega-3 has shown to protect against hypertension, inflammation, heart disease, immune disorders, arthritis, diabetes and constipation. Cut out the saturated and trans fat found from solid fats and add the healthy Omega-3s we need! But remember, only our brand of flaxseed oil is high heat tolerant, so you cannot bake using other flaxseed oils.

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Alligga is put to the test!
If you’re worried about baking with Alligga Flaxseed Cooking Oil, our corporate chef Alana Peckham has created several baked goods recipes which you can try! Baking with Alligga Flaxseed Cooking Oil provides a soft, moist texture to the product. It reduces total fat, and can replace saturated or trans-fat in most recipes. Alligga Flaxseed Cooking Oil can also be used to grease or oil baking sheets or pans. It really is a great product for baking and makes you feel less guilty about your baked goods as you’re using a healthy oil!

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