I recently completed a mini project for FOODPICKER.ORG an upcoming website in helping individuals choose appropriate foods for their meal plans and find out nutrient contents for a variety of foods.

“FOODPICKER® is a program designed to help people with diabetes make better food choices.  Our hope is that people consider the foods they consume and how they can burn them off with exercise for good health.  We embrace the guidelines put forth by the American Diabetes Association as well as the American Dietetic & American Heart Associations.  This website is completely free and brought to you by volunteers in the health care field.”

Part of the project that I was responsible for was to complete the nutrient facts for 50 unique fats & oils, it was quite the challenge as I was not the only editor working on this particular section. There was one brand of specialty oils that really struck my interest and I thought it would be great to inform the public, however I got no response back from the company regarding food labels and nutrition facts for each of the oils.

La Tourangelle oils were featured in the press and many magazines such as Instyle, Bon Appetit and Saveur. Ok so what does this have to do with nutrition? Well many of the oils that are offered on the site are cholesterol free and low in saturated fats. The company itself introduces the different oils and fat content can be beneficial in adding them to our diets. Therefor I wanted to introduce them to you; La Tourangelle Artisan oils. There is quite the selection of oils including one in-particular that I am eager to try, pistachio oil.

La Tourangelle Artisan Oils, the healthy and flavorful way of cooking

Why are La Tourangelle oils so healhty?

La Tourangelle oils are packed with Omega 3, 6 and 9—the three keys to a healthy diet—natural antioxidants and essential vitamins.

It has been proven that a balanced intake of omega 3 and 6 along with high level of omega 9 reduces significantly the risk of dying from a cardio-vascular related disease.

Here is the amount of each found in La Tourangelle oils and olive oil:

Fatty acid profile of La Tourangelle Artisan Oils per Tbs. (14g)
Walnut Oil
Sesame Oil
Almond Oil
Hazelnut Oil
Extra Virgin
Olive Oil
Omega 9 2.33 2.33 6 9 10.9 10
Omega 6 8.4 9.8 6 4 1.5 2
Omega 3 1.77
Saturated Fat 1.5 1 2 1 1.5 2

There are many other available oils out there that can be used for cooking, salad dressings and simply for food appeal and presentation. These unique oils not only give you a great look and taste but are also beneficial for the heart, body and mind. I highly encourage you to check these oils out!

Check out more details regarding “We Help People with Diabetes Pick Foods!”

I will also be featuring Foodpickers “question of the week”. Have a questions related to nutrition and diabetes? Send them here: Diabetes Q&A is overseen by Christine Carlson, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator. E-mail your diabetes related questions to:

Check out my contributors bio: Nina Rocca, RD;
Nina has a B.S. in Human Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and completed her Dietetic Internship at Florida Pasco County Health Department.  Her current career interests are working in public health & pediatrics, clinical sectors such as diabetes and weight management, and food service management.  Nina enjoys staying physically active, cooking from home, learning new languages & cultures, and in her spare time is an artist.


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