We Indians are very particular when it comes to choosing cooking oil. But, are we consuming the right oil? Cooking oil is the primary ingredient that gives the right taste to your food.
Keep in mind the below points the next time you buy cooking oil.
Monounsaturated Fatty Acids are a better choice than Saturated Fatty Acids.
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids are healthier. Sources of PUFA are salmon, vegetable oils, nuts and seeds. Note that PUFA enriched oils are rich in Omega – 3 – Fatty Acids.
Have you heard of the term “smoke point”? Smoke point is when the oil stops smoking or simmering. A stable oil has a high smoking point. Thus it is important to be careful not to smoke the oil too much because it will lose its natural properties and generates toxins that are harmful to our body.
It is always better to choose oil that is good for the heart such as Olive oil, sunflower oil and sesame oil. Olive oil is considered to be the healthiest cooking oil.
Sunflower oil – Studies prove that one teaspoon of sunflower oil contains 28% of nutrients that are required by a human on a daily basis. Rich in vitamin E, omega-6-fatty acids this oil is the most chosen cooking oil by South Indians.
Sesame oil is also widely used in many households for its flavour. Though it contains MUFAs and PUFAs it doesn’t carry any specific nutritional value. This oil has a higher smoke point thus it is safe to use in high heat recipes.
Three points to be remembered are MUFAs, PUFAs and smoke points of the oils. Now you are good to choose a healthy cooking oil for your heart.