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Frequently Asked Questions

What's wrong with the average cooking oil on the market?
The cooking oils that you see on most supermarket shelves tend to be highly processed. Udo Erasmus, one of the leading thinkers in the raw foods movement, notes that after oils are pressed or solvent extracted from seeds or nuts, "they are degummed, refined, bleached and deoderized." The result is oils that are colorless, odorless and tasteless. Many valuable ingredients such as antioxidants, phytosterosis, chlorophyll, and flavor and color molecules are removed as well.

Erasmus says that 0.5 to 1 percent of the oil's molecules are damaged by traditional processing techniques, and that some of these damaged molecules have been tested on animals and found very toxic.

Cooking oils are often treated with NaOH (a corrosive base used to open clogged sink and drain pipes), H3PO4 (a corrosive acid used to degrease windows) and beaching clays, which damage the molecules that give oil its color.

You can learn more about the harmful processing techniques involved with traditional supermarket cooking oils at Udo Erasmus's excellent web site.

What makes Rejuvenative Foods' Raw Oils better?
Compared to the way most companies make oils described above, our process is incredibly simple. We simply put fresh raw organic nuts and seeds into our oil press, then immediately put the resulting raw oil into jars and refrigerate. Our raw organic oil temperature never exceeds 90 to 115 degrees F, preventing molecular changes to the nuts or seeds. Our raw organic oils are never refined, processed or added to in any way. What you're getting is the oil in its purest, most healthful and delicious state.

What is it about raw foods that enhances health?
Raw foods are delicious and provide an excellent self-rejuvenating source of non-dairy lactobacilli, including acidophilus and lactobacillus plantarum, important for the maintenance of healthy intestinal flora and the alleviation of digestive disorders. This is important for people who are lactose intolerant, have pathologies that prevent the consumption of dairy or simply choose to avoid it.

Your oils contain no trans fatty acids. Why are trans fatty acids a concern?
Trans fatty acids are fats frequently found in foods such as cookies, crackers, snack foods, some margarines, vegetable shortening, salad dressings, fried foods and many processed foods. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says there is a proven link between diets high in trans fatty acids and higher LDL (bad) cholesterol levels -- and therefore a link to higher rates of heart disease. We're proud to present you raw organic oils that are free of trans fatty acids.

Why do you call your oils "virgin"?
Rejuvenative Foods oils are virgin because we use a cold press to extract our oils and do not use any chemicals in the extraction process. Unlike many conventional oils, we do not hydrogenate, beach, refine or deodorize our oils. When you buy oils from Rejuvenative Foods, you are getting high-quality pure, raw oils full of flavor and nutrients.