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Thoughts on tea seed oil?

by (1959) Updated June 22, 2012 at 12:22 AM Created February 16, 2012 at 4:18 AM

Saw a can of "tea seed oil" in the grocery store today. Some of the copy on the can also extolled the virtues of "healthy saturated fats" (and of itself, of course), so I was intrigued by that and its high smoke point.

Every paleo-oriented post about it I'm finding online has some vague "it seems good on paper, let us know if you learn more" answer.

Anyone used it or know more?

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1602 · February 16, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Not as bad as canola oil but coconut oil or butter would be better. Simples.

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12607 · June 07, 2012 at 11:47 PM

This is a report describing the fatty acid constituents of tea seed oil. It appears to be similar to olive oil in its fatty acid content; about 80% monounsaturated fat, with the rest coming from about equal parts saturated and polyunsaturated fats. Other sources report that its got some antioxidants too.

So it looks good, but I'm a bit cautious about seed oils in general. I would preferably like to see studies on the health effects of feeding tea seed oil to humans or even animals before I add it to my oil collection (yes, I have an oil collection) but if a bottle of tea seed oil fell down from the sky and landed in my hand I would definitely drizzle some on my salads.

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