Irish Producer Launches Healthy Algae and Rapeseed Oil

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A fourth generation Irish farmer with big ambitions has launched a cold-pressed Algae and Rapeseed Oil. It’s healthy, made sustainably and creates a virtuous circle where Irish ingredients are used by Irish food producers to make an Irish product that can help to make Irish people healthier!

Sussed Nutrition owned by fourth-generation Wicklow farmer Keith Symes has launched a cold-pressed algae and rapeseed oil which is on sale at 250 stores nationwide including SuperValu, Tesco and Dunnes Stores. Just one 5ml teaspoon contains as much Omega 3 as four avocados (and it’s a lot easier and cheaper to add a spoon to a salad dressing than it is to ripen and peel all those avocados).

Keith already has a track record in developing healthy oils including the successful range of Wicklow Rapeseed Oils. The new products are accredited to Origin Green, Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme.

‘We’re a small food producer with a giant goal,’ says Keith, ‘to develop the healthiest, most sustainable foods enabling people to live healthier, happier lives.’ Sussed Nutrition grows the rapeseed on the family farm and sources oilseed rape from other Irish farmers creating a virtuous circle where they make a product that is good for you while creating employment in Ireland using locally-grown ingredients.

The cold-pressing of the algae and rapeseed oil is important as it preserves as much goodness and flavour – heat treating it could reduce its benefits. The algae oil has no fishy taste and the algae is grown in a protected environment to ensure it is of the purest quality.

If you’re concerned about eating a food that contains algae, don’t be – the odds are high that you probably already do. It’s a miracle ingredient that the food industry relies on. It’s used in gelling agents in desserts; as a thickener to stiffen mayonnaise; when you eat sushi the nori sheet that keeps it together and makes it easy to hold in your hand is algae; agar, the gelatine used in desserts is one and you’ll even find it in toothpaste. Spirulina, the green supplement many people buy to add a pep to their step at the gym is an algae. You rarely notice it because it doesn’t have a strong flavour.

The algae and rapeseed oil is a light oil that is similar in flavour to sunflower oil – it can be used in everyday cooking and in salads. With a high 200 degree smoking point it is ideal for stir-frying and it’s packed with 11 times more omega-3 than olive oil and 50% less saturated fat.

The oil could be a good choice for people who have heart disease, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.  ‘Omega-3 fatty acids play important roles in brain function, normal growth and development, and inflammation’, according to Howard LeWine, MD of Harvard Medical School . ‘Deficiencies have been linked to a variety of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, some cancers, mood disorders, arthritis, and more’. (You’ll find the full article here on the health benefits of omega-3).

Where can you buy it?
Sussed Healthy Heart Plus and Sussed 2 Cal are available from over 250 stores nationwide including SuperValu, Tesco and Dunnes Stores. Sussed Healthy Heart Plus 500ml sells at €6.95 while Sussed 2 Cal is €3.40. Sussed Healthy Heart Rapeseed Oil is available in Donnybrook Fair and JC Savage and is €5.95.  (Prices may vary slightly depending on the outlet).

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