The edible oil that you use as your primary cooking medium has a strong connection with your health in general, and cardiac health in particular. This is because there is a regular intake of this oil on a daily basis across all major meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. So how do you choose a cooking medium that’s proven to be healthy for the heart?
The American Heart Association has developed a set of dietary guidelines for heart health. The recommendation pertaining to cooking oil advises consumers to choose plant-based cooking oils instead of animal fats and hydrogenated fats.
This is a view that is echoed by prominent Indian nutritionists and dieticians like Vijaya Agrawal. They believe that plant-based, minimally processed oils are ideal for heart health and good nutrition. In particular, cold-pressed Mustard Oil contains certain phytosterols like Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) that help in reducing the risks of heart disease, hypertension and atherosclerosis. ALA also plays a key role in preventing the absorption of LDL (bad cholesterol) in the bloodstream.
Among all the plant-based, minimally processed oils that are used for cooking, cold-pressed Mustard Oil has the healthiest fatty acid profile, especially from the point of view of cardiac health. For instance, Mustard Oil contains the lowest levels of Saturated Fatty Acids (SFA) in comparison with other edible oils, but is rich in Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA) and Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA), both of which are good for the heart. Mustard Oil is also one of the richest vegetable sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids that help in protecting the heart and the entire cardiovascular system by balancing your triglyceride levels. The heart-healthy attributes of Mustard Oil have been borne out and ratified by a wide range of scientific and medical research studies carried out across decades. So if you are selecting a cooking medium on the basis of proven heart-friendliness then cold-pressed Mustard Oil should definitely be at the top of your list.