Grape Seed Oil Nutritional Information

Overview

Grape seed oil comes from the grapes that are used to make wine. Therefore, a lot of vineyards also produce grape seed oil, which means a large amount of grape seed oil comes from the same regions that produce wine, such as the state of California and the country of Chile. The nutritional value of grape seed oil allows it to be a part of a healthy diet.

Label Information

One serving of grape seed oil is 1 tbsp. and contains 120 calories, all from fat. There are no detectable levels of trans fats, and 1 g of saturated fat per serving. Grape seed oil is a natural by-product of the wine grape, and it is low in saturated fat compared to olive oil and corn oil, both of which have 2 g of saturated fat per serving. The total amount of fat per serving of grape seed oil is 14 g. Only 1 g per serving of grape seed oil is unhealthy saturated fat that clogs arteries, meaning the remaining 13 g of total fat are healthy fats that lower cholesterol and lower your risk of heart disease.

Vitamin Content

One serving of grape seed oil has nearly all of the daily recommended amount of vitamin E. Grape seed oil containing vitamin E can prevent damage to tissues done by free radicals. Free radicals come from normal metabolic processes or environmental influences such as cigarette smoke and pollution; they kill healthy cells and damage tissue. The vitamin E in grape seed oil may also help with chronic venous insufficiency and edema. Grape seed oil does not contain any detectable amounts of vitamins A or C.

Antioxidants and Fatty Acids

Grape seed oil has traces of proanthrocyanidins, which are very potent antioxidants that serve to protect bodily tissues. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and prevent them from attacking health tissues. Vitamin E, for example, is an antioxidant. Grape seed oil contains 13.5 mg of omega-3 fatty acids and 9,395 mg of omega-6 fatty acids per serving. Each serving of grape seed oil contains anywhere from 68% to 76% of the daily recommended amount of linoleic acid, which is a polyunsaturated fat.

Minerals and Other Nutrients

Grape seed oil does not contain any detectable levels of minerals such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin or folate. It also does not contain any cholesterol. However, because grape seed oil is plant based, it does contain phytosterols, which naturally occur in plants and mimic the cholesterol found in human cells. Phytosterols are considered by the FDA to play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease; however, a recent study in the “Journal of Lipid Research” suggests that phytosterols may contribute to rather than prevent heart problems.

Considerations

Grape seed oil can be a healthy alternative to partially or fully hydrogenated oils in your diet. Grape seed oil is lower in unhealthy saturated fats, which the FDA recommends be kept as low as possible to maintain a healthy diet. If you use more than one serving, you must multiply the daily recommended values by the number of serving sizes. The total fat percentage of 21% for a 2,000-calorie diet would be 28% for a 1,500-calorie diet; likewise, the saturated fat amount of 6% for a 2,000-calorie diet would equal 8% for a 1,500-calorie diet.

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