Indian traditional oils healthier than refined oil: Study

A new study published in the Indian Heart Journal has revealed that using mustard oil, ghee and coconut oil may actually be better for the health than refined oils, breaking the myth that refined oils that their products are good for health.

It is found that using refined oils elevates the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), the prime cause of deaths worldwide and in India in particular. The use of coconut oil reduces the risk of CHD.

Refined oil exposure to high temperatures  destroy several anti-oxidants such as vitamin E and beta carotene and also produces toxic compounds, while mustard and coconut oil doesn’t lose essential nutrients and may be better for health.

Earlier , oils with high SFA (saturated fatty acid) content were considered harmful since they increase LDL-C (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol). However, new findings have shown that oils high in short/medium-chain SFA (like coconut oil) do not have adverse health effects.

In Indian context, it is advised to select the right edible oil suits the Indian style of cooking. Mustard and rapeseed oils, due to their favourable (LA/ALA (linoleic acid/alpha-linolenic acid) ratio, low SFA and high mono-unsaturated fatty acids content along with their relative stability during cooking – can be a preferred choice, particularly mustard oil in its non-refined (cold-pressed) form, popularly known as “Kachhi Ghani Ka Sarson Ka Tel.”

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