In the course of the past decade, many medical professionals have come out unequivocally in favour of Mustard Oil as an ideal cooking medium. The data being generated by medical research has revealed significant nutritional, cardiac and pulmonary benefits for those who use cold-pressed Mustard Oil as their primary cooking medium. In today’s post, we will explore the opinions of a doctor who believes that Mustard Oil is ideal also for people with diabetes.
Dr Pakhi Sharma points out that it is possible to lower your blood sugar levels simply by changing your cooking oil. She asks her patients to switch to Mustard Oil as a way of managing blood sugar levels. She explains: In Type 2 Diabetes, the cells become insulin-resistant and lose their ability to utilise the insulin that is present in the body. This leads to elevated blood glucose levels.
Dr Sharma goes on to explain how Mustard Oil helps in managing your blood sugar levels. This oil contains a fatty acid called Erucic Acid which suppresses the activity of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptors (PPARs). This results in a decrease in insulin resistance in the body, and helps in managing blood sugar levels. Interestingly, PPARs also help in reducing triglyceride levels and in keeping your cholesterol levels healthy.
Dr Sharma also highlights the fact that Mustard Oil is minimally processed and is rich in Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA), Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA), Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. These give Mustard Oil powerful anti-inflammatory properties which along with natural antioxidants make this oil particularly suited for patients with diabetes.
Like all medical professionals, Dr Sharma too believes that too much of anything is never a good thing. She, therefore, tells her patients to limit their Mustard Oil consumption to five or six teaspoons per day.
So there you have it – doctor’s orders! If you have diabetes or want to keep diabetes away, make cold-pressed Mustard Oil your primary cooking medium.