Cottonseed oil is part of the oils with ceramides, which was discussed in Using Ceramides in Natural Oils for Moisturised & Healthy Hair. It has a ceramide concentration of 54%. The oil is obtained from the seeds of cotton plants of different varieties and is used primarily as a dressing for salad in the US.
It has a high smoking point of around 450°F making it suitable for heat styling and contains a significant amount of vitamin E, which contributes to its stability. It contains 26% saturated fatty acids and 17% monosaturated fatty acids. When it comes to consumption, cottonseed oil shouldn’t be at the top of your list as the disparity in the high amount of saturated fat and low amount monounsaturated fat makes it unsuitable.
Cotton isn’t classified as a food crop and it’s possible farmers may use a lot of chemicals when growing it as a result. Given this information, I would recommend bypassing cottonseed oil altogether. There are healthier food grade oils to add to your rotation. An alternative to cottonseed oil is canola oil or extra-virgin olive oil. Canola oil also has a ceramide concentration of 21%. We will cover this oil in the next article.
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