Loriva® Health FAQs

What is the difference between saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats?

All vegetable oils and animal fats are made up of fatty acids referred to as "fats." All oils and fats contain some of all three of these fats. The percentages range widely from Macadamia Nut Oil with 81 percent monounsaturated fat to coconut oil with 92 percent saturated fat.

Saturated fats are the ones that should be reduced in your diet because they cause the body to raise LDL cholesterol and this causes the body to produce arterial plaque. Animal fats and tropical oils are high in saturated fats and are solid at room temperature. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature. These fats are now being recognized by many medical researchers and doctors as being beneficial in lowering LDL cholesterol levels. This decreases the risk of the formation of arterial plaque.

Which oil is the best for you?

Any of the oils that have less than 20 percent saturated fats are good for you when part of a balanced diet.

Which oil is the lowest in calories?

All fats and oils in their liquid state have 120 calories per tablespoon.

Is there a good alternative to olive oil?

Yes. There are many other flavorful alternatives to olive oil that are high in monounsaturated fats. All Loriva Culinary Oils contain less than 20 percent saturated fat.

Do any of your oils contain cholesterol?

No. There is no cholesterol in any vegetable oil. Only fats from animal products such as butter, lard, and cream contain cholesterol.

What is hydrogenation?

Hydrogenation is the process by which hydrogen is added to oils; this makes the liquid oil semisolid. Monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats are changed into saturated fats and trans fatty acids, which are similar to saturated fat.

Trans fatty acids have the same effect on blood cholesterol as saturated fat. You find these trans fatty acids in shortening, margarine and many processed foods.

Why do manufacturers hydrogenate oil?

Hydrogenation makes oil more stable and adds shelf life. Oil is an extracted food and by its very nature is fragile. Loriva® Culinary Oils are packed in 8 and 12.7- ounce glass bottles under nitrogen to ensure a fresh product.

What is Omega 3?

Medical researchers have found that Omega 3 is good for your blood chemistry. Loriva Canola, Canolive, and Walnut Oils are all rich in Omega 3.

Why do I need fat in my diet?

Essential fatty acids are required for many of our body's basic biochemical processes. Children and pregnant women require sufficient fat for healthy development of mind and body. In addition, it efficiently provides calories for energy. Also, fats in our foods contribute to a feeling of satisfaction when we eat. Monounsaturated fat in the diet has shown to reduce LDL, the "bad" cholesterol, in the body. Many medical experts believe that it actually reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.