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OUR MAGNIFICENT OILS

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Andean Sol Extra Virgin Chia Oil not only tastes amazing – it contains approximately 64% omega-3 fatty acids (ALA), the highest of any known plant based sources of omega-3. Our chia oil is cold pressed so that it retains the maximum level of nutrients, active substances and flavour possible. The result is a delicate, vibrantly golden coloured oil that has a delicious light and nutty taste.

 

 

OUR AVAILABLE OILS

We are offering our cold pressed Extra Virgin Chia Oil in two varieties:

100% Extra Virgin Chia Oil

Plant Powered Omega-3 – Add a spoonful of either to your juice or smoothie or consume directly for serious plant based omega-3 boost. Not recommended for cooking as heat can damage chia oil nutrients. Great also as a natural skin moisturiser!

Extra Virgin Olive & Chia Oil

A world’s first – our Extra Virgin Olive & Chia Oil is a light and delicious oil blend that is perfect for use as a nutritious salad dressing or dip. The great taste of premium olive oil together with the omega-3 power of chia oil.

 

HOW IS CHIA OIL PRODUCED?

First we start with the highest quality chia seeds produced in the Andean region of South America. Since the quality of the oil is so dependent on the quality of the seeds used, we only use the freshest chia seeds possible to ensure the freshest and highest quality oil possible. To learn more about the chia seeds themselves please visit our Chia Seed page.

 

Andean Sol Extra Virgin Chia Oil is produced by cold pressing our chia seeds. Cold pressing is a chemical-free, mechanical process which involves placing the chia seeds into a cylinder that contains a rotating screw which then grinds and crushes the seeds until the oil is extracted. The “extra virgin” part refers to the fact that we only use oil from the first pressing of the chia seeds.

Although some heat is generated through friction as the screw breaks down the seeds, it’s not enough heat to damage the oil. The result is chia oil on one hand and what is called “press cake” on the other hand which is the remaining part of the seed. Chia seed press cake is very nutritious in its own right and can be milled into a protein rich flour. Generally the oil yield averages around 26% meaning that for every kilogram of chia seed pressed, we get approximately 260 grams of chia oil (roughly equivalent to 260 ml). After the cold pressing process the chia oil is then passed through a filter to remove any chia seed pieces and then poured into canisters ready for bottling.

 

CHIA SEED HEALTH & NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS

Nutritional Facts Per 100g
Energy kJ/kcals 3,700 kJ/900 kcals
 Fat 100g
of which saturates 12.8g
of which monounsaturates 71.9g
of which polyunsaturates 15.3g
Carbohydrates 0.0g
of which sugars 0.0g
Fibre 0.0g
Protein 0.0g
Salt 0.0g
Alpha Linolenic Acid (omega-3) 6.5g

HOW DOES CHIA OIL TASTE & HOW DO I USE IT?

Add a spoonful to your juice or smoothie or consume directly for an omega-3 boost. Our olive and chia oil is a light and delicious oil blend that is perfect for use as a nutritious salad dressing or dip!