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Mustard Oil – the Action Hero

Action heroes and superheroes are found mainly on movie and television screens. Right? Well, there’s one super-strong action hero who can be found in millions of kitchens and larders around the country.

For everyday consumers cooking in their kitchens all across India, the expectations from cooking oil are very basic to the point of being oversimplified. They look for an oil that does the job it was meant to do – cook the food.

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But imagine an oil that can singlehandedly fight off millions of nasty pathogens and microorganisms that spoil your food and lead to a whole lot of health problems! Yes, such a superhero does exist among oils – and the name is: Mustard Oil.

A study published in the Journal of Food Protection indicates that with its powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties, Mustard Oil can target a host of pathogens and microorganisms that cause diseases like E Coli, Salmonella, Staph, Listeria and enteric disorders. So many dastardly villains knocked out by a single superhero: Mustard Oil!

So where does our superhero draw its strength from? Mustard Oil contains Glucosinolates – natural plant chemicals that form active compounds called indoles, nitriles, thiocyanates and isothiocyanates. All these have strong anti-carcinogenic properties. Interestingly, these Glucosinolates give mustard oil its characteristic pungent flavour.

So who would you like to have in your kitchen? Just an ordinary cooking oil… or a superhero called Mustard Oil?

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