A new type of cooking oil produced in Morocco is being tout as the super food
Dr. Philip Steig. Takes a look at the benefits Argan oil.
First aired: June 5, 2008
Dr Steig: By now everybody knows the benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids, but have you heard of Omega 6. And did you know that Both 3 and 6 are contained in a new wonder oil, will take a look: Let’s hear it for fact. Essential fatty acids that is, they are called essential for a reason. Your body cannot do without them. Fatty acids support heart and brain health. Help to regulate hormones and keep your skin, hair and nails looking good. Fatty acids include Omega 3, 6 and 9. A rule of thumb about 30% of your diet should come from fat, no more than ¼ from saturated fats such as meat and butter. ¾ should come from healthier fat such namely mono and polyunsaturated. Cooking oils provide an excellent source including sesame, sunflower, canola, corn, and the raining star olive oil, proven in studies to lower cholesterol. But make a room on the shelf Argan has arrived.
Nutritionists hail Argan as the new super food containing Omega 3 in greater amounts than olive oil, it delivers the type of Omega 3 found in both nuts and fish, It contains plenty of Omega 6 too, since the body doesn’t produce 3 or 6 on its own, finding ample amounts of both fatty acids in one oil is good news. It has more vitamin E than sweet almond oil, and it is packed with cancer fighting antioxidants. So where can you get this oil? Morocco.
Extracted from a tree, The Berber villages believe that Argan oil taken as a tonic helps prevent cancer lowers cholesterol and applied to the skin is a cure for eczema, acne and stretch marks. This honey colored oil had a hazelnut flavor Berbers call it Liquid Gold whatever you call it Argan is one fat that is friendly and good for your health.