Regular readers of this blog would have noticed that we always emphasize the fact that you should use cold-pressed Mustard Oil. Cold-pressing oil extraction methodology is 100% natural – no chemicals or artificial additives are used during the manufacturing process. All the nutrients contained in the oil are preserved, which in turn means that all the diverse health benefits offered by these nutrients remain intact.
Nutritionist and diet consultant Nupur Arya points out that cold-pressed oils are minimally processed and, typically, are rich in good fats. Mustard Oil in its cold-pressed form is rich in Polyunsaturated Fatty acids (PUFA) and Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA) – both of which are good fats. It is also one of the richest sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids that play a key role in reducing the risks of heart disease, atherosclerosis, hypertension and stroke.
Dr Vijaya Agrawal, a dietician and nutritionist, says that plant-based oils like mustard oil in their cold-pressed form contain phytosterols, a family of molecules that block bad cholesterol (LDL) from being absorbed. This helps in maintaining the body’s triglyceride balance and lowers the risks associated with Coronary Heart Disease.
The cold-pressing method has been used in India for mustard oil extraction across thousands of years. In ancient times, a bullock yoked to a rotary kiln would slowly move the kiln round and round. The mustard seeds in the kiln would get compressed and oil would be extracted in the process. Today, contemporary cold-pressing technology remains basically the same – with the exception that the bullock-and-yoke are gone and the rotary action of the kiln is automated.
So go ahead and adopt cold-pressed Mustard Oil wholeheartedly. It has kept people healthy and nourished for many millennia – and continues to do so even today.