Vegetable Oils and Butters

We can say that in nature there is no living organism lacking lipidic components (in scientific literature components of fats are also indicated as “lipids” from the ancient Greek Lipos = fat).
Oils, Butters, Fats are synonyms that indicate the same thing: the lipidic component of an organism. We should actually define “fat or butter“ a solid product and “oil” a fluid product, both at “room temperature”. This distinction, though, is affected by the uncertainty of the definition of room temperature, as what is “fat or butter” at a given latitude can be “oil” at a different latitude.
Oils and fats having different physical and chemical properties can be produced in large numbers, practically as many as the vegetable and animal species that could give a return in terms of revenue.
To simplify, we will call vegetable oils those fats that, at room temperature (19°C), are still at liquid state and “butters” those fats that are at “solid” state.
Vegetable oils and butters can be defined “mixtures of mixed triglycerides”. This definition keeps into account the 90-98% of the total substance which constitutes a fat; the remaining 2-10%, sometimes even more, is composed of a complex mixture of substances indicated as minor components, which have, though, a great biological, technological and analytical interest (unsaponifiable fraction, phytosterols, triterpenic alcohols, aliphatic alcohols, vitamins etc.).
For this reason we can state that there are not even two oils which can be defined equal.

 

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100% pure oils

Our company, Parodi Nutra, is interested uniquely in producing oils and butters belonging to the vegetable kingdom. They are kept inside the seeds (sometimes in the pulp) of plants.
In a society that exalts physical wellbeing and thinness, the term “fat” almost sounds inappropriate but, on the contrary, fatty acids (found, mostly, inside lipids=oils=butters) are one of the pillars of our health, as they are main components of the membranes of all the cells in our body.
Vegetable oils and butters are having a come-back; it started some time ago, in all sectors, especially in the wellbeing industry, where small and large companies are using more and more oils and butters for the formulations of their finished products.
Parodi Nutra’s oils are 100% pure. The fundamental point, our pride, is the oil extraction process that must be carried out with mechanical and physical methods, as cold pressing. There are several methods of cold extraction and several types of machinery that can be used according to the percentage of oil contained into the seeds. The richer in oil a seed is, the easier will be extracting its content. For oils that are not refined or deodorised it is important to proceed to filtration on paper in order to avoid oxidation phenomena (where oil is not separated from impurities, we can have phenomena of chemical and physical deterioration).
Most of the vegetable oils on the market are obtained, instead, by solvent extraction, therefore it will be necessary to proceed to a refining process to homologate and to improve their technical performances.
Quite often, if oils are not properly refined, they deteriorate more rapidly.
All the vegetable oils produced by us undergo many quality checks, in order to verify the content of fatty acids and minor components. Our products are guaranteed by the experience of Parodi Nutra.

 

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Guaranteed oils

The excellence and safety of our oils depend on several factors:
Purity – to be pure, oil must meet all specifications established by law.
Naturalness – natural oil is not synthetic or mineral.
Specificity – our oils have a precise identification of their botanical species.
Structure – our oils are classified through technical cards and supported by bibliographical researches that identify their chemical structure.

Here below we introduce 4 among the most important and requested oils on the cosmetics market.
The first two oils belong to the family of ROSACEAE and are:
Arboreal species, with one seed in each piece of fruit: ALMOND TREE or PRUNUS AMIGDALUS DULCIS
Arbustiva species (Shrub), with more than one seed in each piece of fruit: WILD ROSE
Both species grow in the Mediterranean Basin.
These species can be found worldwide.
The symbology that links these trees to man is extremely powerful and both plants are used in many sectors, thanks to their fruit. Let’s just think of the application of damask rose essential oil in the perfume sector and of the use of sweet almonds in food products and in vegetarian nutrition.
The other two oils belong to the species of SAPOTACEAE and are respectively two arboreal species:
Argania Spinosa: from its fruit we can extract Argan seed or nut
Vitellaria Paradoxa: from its fruit we can extract Shea seed or nut
These species come from the African continent and cannot be found in other continents.
Both oils are extremely important as they are LINKED to the traditional peasant activities of African women and precisely to the picking and the production of oil. In Morocco, women from the villages of Essaouria and Agadir areas live exclusively on the economy linked to Argan.
In Africa the shea tree is called “tree of life” and provides an edible oil for African populations of the sub-Saharan strip. Women are in charge of fruit picking and of oil production. Both Argan and Shea fruit have a food grade aromatic pulp that attracts either animals or men; most of the local population eats these products.
As far as SAPOTACEAE family is concerned, information on Pouteria Sapota nut, that is having a great success among the operators of this sector (COSMETICS), will follow. Sapote fruit grows in South America and has a pulp rich in vitamins which is used to make juices.
All SAPOTACEAE seeds have only one seed in each piece of fruit.
To start with, I would like to let you note that all these four botanical species are not only interesting for the oil that is extracted but are also widely grown species.