As more and more Americans go back to cooking healthy foods from scratch, interest is also increasing in finding new ways to experiment with herbs and spices in new recipes. Likewise, more people are trying out different oils for cooking and adding to foods. Oils infused with other flavors are an especially interesting way to add complex flavor to ordinary dishes. Truffle oil is one of these. It also has health benefits you may not have expected.
Truffle oil is made by infusing vegetable oil with truffles. The most common oils used for this include olive oil, grapeseed oil, or even sunflower oil. The truffles added to these oils during the infusion process add a delicate flavor that some people describe as earthy, woody, fruity, or garlicky. The oil also has a unique truffle smell.
Usually, truffle oil is better used as a finishing oil and not a cooking oil. This means you should add it to your food after it has been cooked as a flavoring. This will give you the full benefit of the oil’s taste. A tablespoon or two of truffle oil is more than enough to give any food a touch of the gourmet.
Note, it's also important to be choosey when buying truffle oil. Many truffle oils contain chemical compounds to give the oil a truffle smell and flavor. These are not oils infused with actual truffles. So, before buying a bottle, you'll need to read the label to ensure you are purchasing genuine truffle-infused oil.
Simply put, a truffle is a type of mushroom, or a fungus, that, unlike mushrooms that grow on top of the ground or on plant vegetation, grows under the ground on tree roots. To find them, you have to dig for them.
We mainly use two types of truffles in cooking or in truffle oil: black truffles and white truffles. These grow in different locations and climates. The white truffles commonly used in these oils, for example, mainly come from Italy, while the black truffles come from France. A truffle’s unique flavor also depends on the weather, the bacteria found within a truffle, and the type of tree root it grows on.
They are also one of the most expensive foods around. This is because truffle farming is exceedingly difficult. Truffle farmers also have to make use of highly trained dogs to sniff out the truffles. Truffles also only grow in specific climate conditions and on the roots of certain trees of a certain age. Using truffle oil is a way to get the flavor of truffles without the expense of buying them in their natural form.
Before we look at the possible health benefits of truffle oil, let us first look at truffles.
Truffles are a good source of amino acids and minerals, including, amongst others, copper, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, manganese, and vitamins A, B, C, D, and K. Furthermore, the many natural compounds in truffles may protect against free radicals that cause cell damage.
Furthermore, literature suggests truffles may have other health benefits. These include:
Truffle oil may have several similar properties. Further potential health benefits of truffle oil include promoting brain health and healthy skin and fighting the development of certain cancers.
The oil itself adds additional health benefits as well. Olive oil, for example, may promote heart health due to its ability to help with blood pressure control, cholesterol levels, and inflammation.
What many people do not know about inflammation is that it is a direct response to stress. And this stress can be physiological, such as in response to your diet, an injury, or environmental toxins, for example, or psychological in nature. Inflammation occurs with the activation of your NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) stress response.
A certain amount of inflammation is a good thing, and it tells you that your immune response is fighting to heal you. Continued inflammation, however, could contribute to the formation of many health issues that may seem unrelated. Yet each issue has inflammation involved. Amongst these health issues are high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, asthma, diabetes, arthritis, acid reflux, and fibromyalgia, to name but a few.
Conventional medicine practitioners often miss the direct cause of these conditions, which are often due to compromised adrenal health and inflammation. But rather than taking an endless array of medications, addressing inflammation may go a long way in helping you avoid these issues. And making sure your diet contains healthy, anti-inflammatory foods like truffle oil may help you in this process.
It is relatively easy to incorporate truffle oil into your diet. We will look at three different recipes that show off this earthy oil.
You can use any combination of mushrooms for this recipe.
This vinaigrette pairs beautifully with any salad. You can also put it in a sealed container and store it in your refrigerator for up to one week.
This grilled cheese sandwich makes a quick and easy lunch or late afternoon snack. This is also one recipe where you add the oil before cooking.
You can incorporate truffle oil into just about any recipe that uses oil so long as you add it after cooking and before serving. Good options include the following:
Most cold-pressed unrefined oils like extra virgin olive oil will keep for up to six months when stored in a cool dark location. But when it comes to truffle oil, the best place to keep an opened bottle is in the refrigerator. This is because the oil quickly loses its hallmark aroma very quickly. Keeping it in the refrigerator will slow this process down.
Some people suffer from mushroom allergies. Typical symptoms of such an allergy include nausea, vomiting, swollen eyes, wheezing, skin rashes, swollen lips, swollen, throat, a runny nose, and diarrhea. If you have these symptoms, it's best to stop eating truffle oil and talk to your doctor. Truffles are a variety of underground mushrooms, so if you have a mushroom allergy, it is best not to eat truffles or use truffle oil.
You can incorporate truffle oil into almost any recipe. It is a healthy oil with anti-inflammatory and other beneficial properties.
If you would like to eat more truffle oil, here are a few things you can do.
If you would like to know more about truffle oil or its various uses for different conditions, especially reducing inflammation, the team at Dr. Lam Coaching can help. We offer a free** no-obligation phone consultation at +1-626-571-1234 where we can discuss any concerns or questions in private. You can also send us a question through our Ask The Doctor system by clicking here.
Addressing adrenal fatigue takes a many-pronged approach, and diet is just one aspect to consider. Truffle oil does, however, have many beneficial properties like its anti-inflammatory ability that may help fight certain health issues related to adrenal fatigue, thereby supplying adrenal support.