Initially (way back when we were just little bean sprouts), our Nuttee Bean Co.TM Favalicious fava beans were roasted in a sustainably sourced palm oil. However, even with the words “sustainably sourced” in front of it, the use of palm oil still concerns a lot of people, and for good reason. We made the decision to remove palm oil entirely, for everybody’s peace of mind. Turns out, that was a great decision, because we found a palm oil alternative that’s EVEN BETTER!
It’s my pleasure to introduce…
HIGH OLEIC SUNFLOWER OIL!
Don’t know much about it? Neither did we! But now we’re experts, and wanted to let you know what it is, why we chose it and what some of the benefits are. Let’s start with two, or we’ll be here all day.
A HEALTHIER PALM OIL ALTERNATIVE
“High oleic” basically refers to any oil that is high in mono-unsaturated fats (one of the good types of fat). These oils are much healthier than hydrogenated oils (like trans fats) and saturated fats (which palm oil is high in). In fact, the mono-unsaturated fats in high oleic oil can actually lower LDL cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke or heart disease. So we’ve added oil to our fava beans and somehow made them healthier! What a miracle!
Sunflower seeds themselves are small but mighty when it comes to nutritional value. They boast particularly high levels of vitamin E and selenium, two antioxidants that protect against free radicals, which play a role in cancer and heart disease. By combining our nutrient packed fava beans with all the benefits of high oleic sunflower oil, it’s possible that we’ve accidentally created a snack that will keep you alive FOREVER.
Sunflower oil compliments our fava-flava perfectly!
Just when we thought our fava beans couldn’t get any more delicious, we tried roasting them in high oleic sunflower oil. Oh. My. Goodness. The nuttiness! The crunchiness! This oil has a high “smoke point”, which means it can be heated to very high temperatures without burning. Sunflower oil doesn’t really have a flavor of its own, but our Favalilcious fava beans get SO hot while they’re roasting in it that it makes them taste even nuttier, more delicious, and crunchier than we could have ever imagined.
So we now have a palm oil alternative that’s good for the planet, great for our bodies, and delicious to our taste buds. What’s not to love?! Try all three of our great Nuttee Bean Co.TMFavalilcious fava bean flavors and become a fava fan today!