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Cotton Seeds

Introduction
Cotton fiber is amazingly versatile, whether alone or blended, it outsells all other fibers combined. It’s the leading cash crop in India, China as well as in Americas. Consumers across the world prefer fabrics made from cotton owing to the fabrics' natural comfort, visual appeal, durability and value.

The Cotton industry maintains competitiveness due to the growing use of genetically modified cotton seeds, high production yields, burgeoning world demand and generous support payments from the Government. A potential new market for this industry may be biofuels produced from cottonseed oil. The popularity of cotton products is not expected to wane with consumption growing at faster rates than demand for manmade fibers

What are cotton seeds?
The tropical, perennial cotton plant, cotton is very easy to grow from seed.

Cotton Seed Oil
Cotton seeds contain approximately 18 – 20% oil. Cotton seed oil is one of the healthiest vegetable oils and is known for its neutral, slightly nutty flavor.
Cotton seed oil is described as being "naturally hydrogenated" because of the levels of oleic, palmitic and stearic acids, which it contains. These make it a stable frying oil without the need for additional processing or the formation of trans. fatty acids.

Most other oils must be hydrogenated to retain their tolerance for high frying temperatures, creating unhealthy saturated fats, whereas cottonseed oil retain the natural tolerance for high frying temperatures.
Cottonseed oil contains a balance of various fatty acids and is mainly used for various food manufacturing purposes. Most of the polyunsaturated fatty acids are linoleic acid, which produce some of the best-fried food flavors.
Cottonseed oil is the standard against which other oils are compared for pleasing aroma, flavor and performance.

Typical Fatty Acid composition:

  • Saturated 27%
  • Monounsaturated19%
  • Polyunsaturated 54%
 

Cotton seed oil has a long useful life, as it does not produce objectionable flavors and odors, as do many other oils. Cotton seed oil is one of the few oils considered acceptable for reducing saturated fat intake. Cotton seed oil can be used in all kinds of food manufacturing applications.
It's recommended for:

  • Deep-frying
  • Baking
  • Salad dressing.
Cottonseed Animal Feed
Once the oil has been extracted from the cotton seed, the leftover is high in protein content and it makes for very high quality animal feed.