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Thoughts on tea seed oil?

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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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140 · June 22, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I've never cooked with it, but it is evidently a great hair oil. I've been thinking about buying some. They sell tiny bottles on Amazon specifically marketed for use in hair but I've also seen a fairly large bottle at my local fancy grocery store.

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1997 · April 15, 2012 at 8:19 PM

It's the high smoke point, and not preferring the taste of coconut oil.

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19120 · April 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM

"Tea tree oil" is from melaleuca alternifolia, a plant indigenous to Australia. Tea seed oil is from camellia oleifera and sinesis, and the other species in the actual "tea-the-stuff-you-drink" family. They are completely different plants, with actual tea having a much longer history of use and ingestion with humans. You're correct though: the essential oil in "tea tree oil" should not be ingested by human males ever, although it's generally considered safe in soaps. These soaps **should not** be used on dogs and cats, of which some are horribly allergic (yet, they make kitten shampoo with it)

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14877 · April 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM

What's the difference between tea tree oil and tea seed oil? I know the former gives prepubescent boys gynecomastia.

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14877 · April 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

What's the difference between tea seed oil and tea tree oil? I know tea tree oil (in shampoos and soaps) give prepubescent boy gynecomastia .

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1590 · February 17, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Just google it. It's mostly monounsaturated. It's inferior to the others so I don't understand the fascination. :P

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1997 · February 16, 2012 at 11:34 PM

I'm certainly a fan of coconut oil, ghee, butter, and animal fats, but I'm just curious since there's very little info about this particular oil.

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1590 · 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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1997 · April 15, 2012 at 8:19 PM

It's the high smoke point, and not preferring the taste of coconut oil.

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1590 · February 17, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Just google it. It's mostly monounsaturated. It's inferior to the others so I don't understand the fascination. :P

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1997 · February 16, 2012 at 11:34 PM

I'm certainly a fan of coconut oil, ghee, butter, and animal fats, but I'm just curious since there's very little info about this particular oil.

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12677 · 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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