In everyday parlance, we have started talking about fats as if they were bad guys… to be avoided at all costs. In reality, fats constitute a very important part of your diet. They are a source of energy, enabling your body to function effectively. Fats also provide essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins.
All over the world, experts in the fields of Diet and Nutrition recommend that at least 20 percent of your daily intake of calories should come from fats. Ideally, 30 percent of your daily diet should comprise fats – and if fats constitute less than 10 percent of your daily diet, you could experience chronic fatigue and other health problems.
Now that we’ve established that you need fats in your daily diet, it is important to note that not all fats are good for you. Yes, like everything else in Life, there are bad fats… and good ones.
Bad fats raise your cholesterol levels, clog your arteries, cause obesity and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Typically, saturated fats and trans-fats are bad fats. Avoid them.
Good fats are unsaturated fats – in particular, Polyunsaturated fats and Monounsaturated fats. Taken in moderation, these fats can help in lowering cholesterol levels and in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. In particular, one category of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids is Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which are very useful in controlling blood pressure and preventing heart disease.
A great way to add these good fats to your daily diet is by making Mustard Oil your sole or primary cooking oil. Among all cooking oils, mustard oil has the lowest amount of saturated fats and is the richest vegetable source of Omega-3. It is also rich in Polyunsaturated and Monounsaturated Fatty Acids. Several research studies across the world have shown that the use of mustard oil as a cooking oil can dramatically cut the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Go for Mustard Oil – let the good fats win!