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What the Heck Is Algae Oil?

Algae oil—AKA algal oil—is a neutral tasting, weight loss-friendly nutritional powerhouse. Read on to find out why you should add a splash of it to your next meal.

These days it seems like you can make oil from anything: coconuts, avocados, and wherever the heck safflower is. And thanks to their supposed health benefits, bottles of these products are practically flying off supermarket shelves. While some of them don't exactly live up to their hype—others are actually worth your while (read: cash). And algae oil, which is made from the algae in chestnut tree sap, is one of them.

What makes this plant oil so powerful? It's packed monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (like omega-3s and DHA), that can improve memory and reduce inflammation, cholesterol levels, body fat, and appetite. (If you couldn't tell, they're both considered to be "healthy fats".) What's more, algae oil has the lowest saturated fat of any cooking oil on the market! "It has 75 percent less saturated fat and 20 percent more monounsaturated fats than olive oil," says Keri Gans, RDN, author of the The Small Change Diet.

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So, how do you use this heavenly new oil? "Algae oil can really be used in place of any cooking oil. It works exceptionally well for high-heat cooking," Gans tells us. "You can create the perfect pan sear or amazing infusions for salad dressings. Personally, I love to fry my eggs and sautée veggies in it." It's that easy! So for an amazing weight loss and heart health boost, go ahead and add a splash of algae oil to your next meal. It's a small swap for some big benefits.

Can't find it in your local grocery store? Pick up a bottle online and have it delivered right to your door!