How to choose the right cooking oil for a healthy living
Author – Mr. Akshay Modi, Managing Director, Modi Naturals Ltd. The past few years has brought major changes in food consumption patterns across the world. It has become evident that consumers have become more conscious towards
Author – Mr. Akshay Modi, Managing Director, Modi Naturals Ltd.
The past few years has brought major changes in food consumption patterns across the world. It has become evident that consumers have become more conscious towards their eating habits and physical activities. Holistic Health & overall wellbeing has become a topmost priority with the consumers taking conscious decisions of choosing healthy and sustainable products for daily use.
Active and regular fitness regimes lead to good health, maintain a healthy weight and enhance mental wellness. In addition to that, eating better and healthy food further lowers the chances of developing chronic diseases and results in a healthy lifestyle.
While we give utmost importance to the diet being followed everyday, we tend to overlook or ignore one of the most essential parts of the food which includes the oil we choose for cooking. As we are aware that balanced nutrition is an integral factor for nourishing the body, using good quality and right products is equally essential for boosting one’s immunity. Oil is an important and basic ingredient in cooking and contributes majorly to one’s health. Thus, taking a proactive decision to choose the right cooking oil is the first step towards an active and healthy lifestyle.
There are a variety of edible oils available in the market and a conscious consumer should choose that oil which has the goodness of olive oil, antioxidants and a high smoke point for everyday cooking. An oil which is blended or multisource oil, with the goodness of olive oil is quite beneficial for health as it includes antioxidants; making it an ultimate oil for Indian cooking. Another key element is the high smoke point which is not only ideal for everyday cooking but also perfect for frying and deep frying. The high smoke point prevents fatty acid breakdown at high temperatures, thus making food healthier.
Ideally your edible oil should also have Oryzanol which is a powerful natural antioxidant that protects against heart disease by maintaining optimum cholesterol levels (reducing LDL and increasing HDL). It also helps prevent other lifestyle conditions such as diabetes, obesity and cancer. A perfect cooking oil should have low absorption of oil which makes the food lighter yet keeps it healthier and tastier.
While both olive and vegetable oils contain unsaturated fatty acids, goodness of olive oil contains higher amounts of monounsaturated fats like oleic acid, linoleic acid, and palmitic acid. It is considered to be mix of both Rice bran and olive oil which helps in less absorption and is a rich source of vitamin E and Vitamin K
Hence, it is very important to know the key components of choosing the most important thing- cooking oil, which is consumed by the entire family everyday. Choose the right cooking oil for your family today to have a better tomorrow!