Dietary guidance from experts and institutions has, in recent times, been highlighting the need to substantially reduce the intake of Saturated Fatty Acids (SFA) to ensure cardiac health. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have recommended a reduction in SFA intake of at least 50 per cent to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and to reduce LDL (bad cholesterol). Likewise, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have recommended the reduction of SFA by substituting SFA with Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA) and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA).
An article published by the American Society for Nutrition in the international peer-reviewed journal Advances in Nutrition reiterates the above recommendations and furthermore points towards compelling research evidence showing that Omega-3 Fatty Acids, both plant-based and marine-derived, can offer significant cardio-protective benefits. The article also emphasizes another vital dietary aspect: replacing SFA by switching to refined foods, especially refined oils, has little impact on reducing CVD risks.
The good news is that in India the replacement of SFA with MUFA and PUFA along with the increased intake of Omega-3 Fatty Acids can happen simply by switching your cooking medium. For more than five thousand years, India has used a natural, cold-pressed, plant-based cooking medium called Mustard Oil. The fatty acid profile of this oil is almost ideal for cardiac health. Mustard Oil contains the lowest levels of SFA in comparison with other commonly used edible oils. Moreover, this oil is rich in not just MUFA and PUFA but also Omega-3 Fatty Acids. In fact, Mustard Oil is proven to be one the largest plant-based sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3 is especially valuable because it is an essential fatty acid that cannot be synthesized by the human body – it has to be obtained from one’s diet. And one of the easiest ways to ensure a daily intake of Omega-3 is by making cold-pressed Mustard Oil your primary cooking medium.
So if you want to heed the advice of experts and leverage the significant cardio-protective benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, just rely on Mustard Oil.