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Understanding the Oil-Health Connection

For health and fitness-conscious folks, the word “Fat” somehow seems to be inextricably connected with obesity, weight gain and an overall lack of fitness. But that’s a misconception… totally. In reality, your body needs fat to produce and store energy. Fats are also a good source of fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K and Vitamin D – these provide vital nutrients and antioxidants, and they play a key role in keeping you healthy.

So there’s no reason to run away from fats. Instead, choose your fats wisely. The fats that you need to watch out for are Saturated Fats (also known as Saturated Fatty Acids or SFA). These are called “bad fats” and with good reason: these are the fats that increase LDL (bad cholesterol), clog your arteries and expose you to higher risks of heart disease and stroke.

Your cooking oil is one of the major sources of your daily fat intake. It enters your body through the cooked food that you eat – and it’s a regular intake, day after day, month after month. That’s why you need to choose a cooking medium that is low on saturated fats.

Among cooking oils, cold-pressed Mustard Oil has the lowest amount of Saturated Fats… just 3%. Olive oil, considered by many to be healthy, actually has 16% SFA. Another common cooking medium, groundnut oil, has 22%. And for those who believe rice bran oil is healthy… it has 24% SFA. One oil that everyone knows as being extremely unhealthy is palm oil – it has 50% Saturated Fatty Acids.    

So there you have it – clear evidence that shows quite decisively that cold-pressed Mustard Oil is an excellent way to avoid bad fats. At the same time, it is rich in good fats like Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA) and Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA).

Now that’s a win-win situation!

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