Cooking Oil Myths Busted!
There is a lot of confusion when it comes to choosing healthy fats and oils in India. Almost every year a new kind of cooking oil enters the scene and starts claiming that it is healthy. That being said, there are a lot of myths associated with cooking oils and fats and they have to be busted. So, hop on to debunk cooking oil myths!
Cooking oil myths
Myth No 1: There is no need of fat or oil in our diet
The human body needs fats for functioning right. Fats are the biggest energy source and are very important for kids. Fats are needed for
- Better absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin A
- Hormone functions
- A bright and glowing skin
- Healthy brain function.
When you think about dieting, the first thing that strikes your mind is to get rid of oil and butter from your diet. However, you need moderate amounts of oil and fat for your brain and body. So, don’t chuck out healthy fats from your diet.
Myth No 2: All fats are bad
Fats can be categorized as follows:
Bad fats: Trans-fats are made by hydrogenation of vegetable oils and they are immensely harmful for your health. They raise LDL, the bad cholesterol that clogs arteries and lower the good cholesterol (HDL). These are used a lot in processed foods.
Not bad fats: Next in the line are saturated fats that also have a bad reputation and are asked to be consumed with vigil. However, this is debatable. Saturated fats are found in high fat dairy, meat and oils like coconut oil and palm oil. But are saturated fats really bad? Read this to find out the truth – click!
You need the good fats to build cells and produce hormones in the body.
Myth No 3: Olive oil is the best one and can be used even in huge quantities
Olive oil has a low smoking point and that makes it unsuitable for deep-frying. It mostly doesn’t blend well with traditional Indian cooking. Also, you need to consume it within limits, the way you would consume any other oil. Don’t go overboard with it.
Myth No 4: Use only one kind of oil
It is beneficial to use 2-3 different kinds of healthy cooking oils for different kinds of cooking. This helps in balancing the risks and benefits of the different oils.
You can drizzle extra virgin olive oil on your salad, apply a little ghee on your hot rotis, use sunflower or corn oil for curries and mustard or coconut oil for other kinds of cooking. Keep rotating between sunflower oil, peanut oil and rice bran oil.
Myth No 5: You can reuse the oil you used for deep frying
Deep frying is considered unhealthy as increases the fat content of the food and makes the oil heat up to very high temperatures such that it breaks down into toxins. Some oils like olive oil develop a bad odour when heated till their smoking point.
Avoid reusing cooking oils after you deep fry. If you have to reuse it, please check for the thickness, colour and smell and if anything seems weird, just throw that oil away.
Myth 6: Shelf-life of oil is unlimited
While we keep a track of the expiry date of eatables, we ignore the one of oils. Oil does degrade with time. They turn rancid, which is very much evident from the smell and flavour. Don’t store oil for too long especially after the expiry date mentioned on the label. Keep it in a cool, dark and dry place.
I hope your doubts have been cleared regarding cooking oils! Did you believe in the above cooking oil myths?
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