Five reasons to cook in blended oils

Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 days ago | 22-09-2022 | 03:00 pm

Five reasons to cook in blended oils

Considering the obsession around fat intake, there has recently been a lot of conversation around multi-source or blended cooking oil and fats. Several people focus solely on reducing fat intake, but nutritionists and fitness experts are vocal about the need to remember that fat is a macronutrient essential for proper functioning of the human body. Instead of just focusing on reducing fat, the conversation should be about ways to increase the quality of fats in our food. One lesser known and an excellent example of this is including blended oils in your diet.Certified nutritionist and fitness trainer Nidhi Mohan Kamal, who has been using blended oils for a few years now, says it is important to understand that fats have important functions in our body - like storage of energy, insulation, protection for our vital organs, production and regulation of hormones. Additionally, essential fatty acids help regulate cholesterol levels, blood clotting, control inflammation in the joints, tissues, and bloodstream. Fats also help sustain nerve impulse transmission, memory storage, and tissue structure. All in all, the importance of fats is underrated!Although some percentage of fat is present in most foods, to fulfil our recommended daily requirements of good quality fatty acids, they need to be added to our diets in different forms. Blended edible vegetable oils are one of the best and most convenient sources of these essential fats. Blended oils are simply a combination of two or more types of edible vegetable oils where the proportion by weight of any edible vegetable oil is not less than 20 per cent.Essentially blended oils give you all the goodness of two or more oils in one. Apart from being a great source of fatty acids, they have multiple other benefits that are hard to obtain using single-seed oils. These include:Healthier fats for better heart healthNumerous studies done to identify the type of fat that correlates with heart disease have confirmed the ill effects of saturated fat and trans fat on cholesterol and blood pressure. In blended oils, the ratio of poly and monounsaturated fatty acids is adjusted to ensure better heart health.Maintaining healthycholesterol levelsThe ratio of fatty acids in blended oils helps reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the good cholesterol (HDL), which in turn keeps you and your heart healthy.Improved anti-inflammatory propertiesBlended oils can increase the anti-inflammatory properties of the final product by adding to the overall potency of the final product. Studies have shown success with blends like rice bran oil and safflower oil.Improved nutritionApart from the balanced ratios of fatty acids, blending two or more oils combines several health-promoting phytonutrients in one oil. Oryzanol, tocopherol, and tocotrienol are among phytonutrients that provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition. They help prevent chronic diseases like cardiovascular impairments and metabolic disorders such as dyslipidemia, insulin resistance, diabetes, and hypertension.High smoke pointIndian cooking requires high temperatures depending upon the dishes. Blended oils are known to have high smoke points, ensuring safety but keeping the nutritional value of oil intact. IANSIt is important to understand that fats have important functions in our body - like storage of energy, insulation, protection for our vital organs, production and regulation of hormones–Nidhi Mohan Kamal, certified nutritionist and fitness trainer

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