Grapeseed Oil: Uses and Health Benefits

Expeller-pressed grapeseed oil from La Tourangelle next to a green salad, lemon and black pepper

Grapes have captivated the human imagination for centuries. Grown along some of the world’s most beautiful rolling hills, each varietals unique flavor inspires the idea of endless possibilities.

Grapeseed oil is just as seductive and versatile as the white and red wines made from its fruit. When pressed, tiny grape seeds yield green-colored oil with impressive properties and a wonderfully light flavor.

Sustainable, Healthy and Versatile

Due to its ability to endure high heat without affecting flavor, grapeseed oil is a chef favorite. Unlike the fruit or the wine made from it, grapeseed oil is known for its neutrality.

It’s lack of distinct flavor and high smoke point makes it the perfect background singer for the star ingredient of any dish. Whether you want to sear a steak or dress a salad, high-quality grapeseed oil is another way to bring the best of wine country living right into your kitchen.

Grapeseed oil is also widely considered to be one of the healthiest cooking oils because it contains significant amounts of vitamin E and polyunsaturated fat. One tablespoon provides 3.9 mg of vitamin E, which is 26% of the recommended daily value.

Vitamin E has high antioxidant properties that can reduce damage done to the body by harmful free radicals and even benefit the nervous system, including reducing the blood’s tendency to clot. These beneficial effects may aid in the prevention of certain cancers and heart disease.

It takes roughly two tons of grapes to generate enough seeds to yield one liter of grapeseed oil. Thankfully, grapeseed oil can be sustainably made from the byproducts of the winemaking industry with very little impact on the environment.

Skin care and anti-aging

In addition to its nutritional properties, grapeseed oil is an effective moisturizer that absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave skin feeling oily. It doesn’t clog pores, so grapeseed oil is ideal for all skin types.

The benefits of the oil’s high vitamin E content can also be absorbed through the skin, which may slow signs of aging by helping to resolve dry skin and discolored sunspots.

To use grapeseed oil on your face, massage several drops into clean skin before going to bed or first thing in the morning.

It’s all about the process: The benefits of expeller-pressed oils

La Tourangelle grapeseed oil originates from winemakers in Northern Italy's Po Valley and the Duoro Valley in Central Portugal. After harvesting, the grapes are pressed, and the juice becomes wine. Then, the seeds are collected, dried, and pressed into a premier, high-heat cooking oil.

Like most things, when it comes to grapeseed oil – quality matters. If an oil doesn’t explicitly state how it is processed, then you should assume that it was extracted using chemicals or solvents, like hexane.

There are three main techniques used to process and refine most cooking oils, including grapeseed oil: solvent extraction, cold-press, and expeller-press.

Most large producers of grapeseed oil use chemicals during the solvent extraction process because it is cheaper and more efficient, even though it can deteriorate the oil’s beneficial properties.

At La Tourangelle, all our oils are expeller-pressed and minimally processed. We use no chemicals during extraction. Our grapeseed oil is fully refined to make it neutral and perfect for high heat.

For a full explanation of each process and their differences, click here to read more.

Better in tin – Quality protection

Our signature tin packaging blocks 100% of light, unlike glass & plastic, keeping your grapeseed oil fresh and free from oxidation. 

We choose the most effective, low-impact packaging to protect the quality of our products, so that you can cook with the best. 

Experience the joy of cooking with La Tourangelle’s Expeller-Pressed Grapeseed Oil. With a light flavor and 450°F smoke point, it makes the perfect addition to any kitchen.

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