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    Which edible oil is good for health?

    Edible oil that is good for health, discussions on different kinds of edible oils

    We are seeing many brands of cooking oils and each brand claims that it is the best and the healthiest cooking oil. But, we don't know which one is good and which one is bad. Nowadays, we are seeing one company's advertisement on TV saying that their brand is good for Diabetes patients. Can a particular edible oil be good for a particular disease? Similarly, we have many kinds of edible oils like sunflower oil, peanut oil, mustard oil, palm oil, coconut oil, etc. Out of these, which edible oil is good for health?
  • #137754
    The total quantity of oil consumption should not cross 2 teaspoons per person per day.
    The traditional cooking oils like coconut oil, sesame oil, and ghee etc. are not considered healthy nowadays.
    Different oils contain varying amounts of fats of polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and saturated varieties.
    In Indian, Sunflower oil became popular first which contain a high quantity of vitamin E and has a high smoking point. It is a mixture of monounsaturated (MUFA) and polyunsaturated (PUFA) fatty acids. However, it is not considered better for diabetic people.
    Canola Oil is a recent entrant in the India markets and is considered amongst healthiest of the cooking medium.
    However, the olive is considered best across the globe. It contains monounsaturated fats that help in lowering risk of heart disease and breast cancer, and because of its high monounsaturated fat content, it lowers cholesterol.

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  • #137755
    Throughout the world, olive oil is considered the most healthy oil. However, in Indian context, it is extremely costly and is beyond the reach of more than 90% Indian families.

    In India, sunflower oil is considered most healthy. As it contains poly-saturated fatty acids, it is considered good for heart. However, in recent times, the health experts opine that pure mustard oil is also good for health.

    Over and above, it should be remembered that edible oil (any one) should be used in limited quantity, and with the passage of time, the consumption of edible oil should be gradually reduced.

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  • #137763
    Well, that is dependent on the quantity of your intake. Too much of oil is not good for health. Here are a few reasons why it can be unhealthy-

    1. The so called vegetable oils contain high amounts of Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. My reference in this case is oils like processed seed oils like soyabean, sunflower etc. Plant oils like coconut oil or Olive oil are, however, good for you.

    2. The fatty acids contained in the oils can be pro inflammatory. Thus should be avoided.

    3. The oils are likely to cause cardiovascular complications.

    4. There are other possibilities of diseases that are associated with the high usage of oils. Eczema, asthma, cancer and depression are some of them. The high intake can also cause homicide tendencies.

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  • #137776
    Based on the tests only two types of oil have found to be healthy for the cooking. Olive oil and the sunflower oil. However the cost of these two oil is very expensive so most of the Indian families try to avoid this because of the cost and the availability.

    Most of the common Indian families prefer to use the peanut oil or the vegetable coconut oil. These oils are known to be not healthy if used too much. But they are preferred due to their cost being low. As the production of such oil can be low in cost and reduces it;s cost eventually.

    So you should check out olive oil for health if the money is no issue. Otherwise sunflower oil can be good too.

  • #137781
    Oil is used for removing water in another food item by heating . However the oil itself should not boil or smoke during that. Hence oils with higher smoking point are better for frying. As boiling poinigrade, an oil which is well higher than 100 C should be used. Coconut oil, gingelly oil(sesame oil),Groundnut oil,mustard oil etc. are the traditional cooking oils in India. If not having any health issues, it is better to use the familiar traditional oil used in one's family. But oil use should also be not harmful and giving some healthy nutrient and also impart aroma and taste to ten food.
    In that comparison, Coconut oil is preferable. It has a flash pint of 177 C. Coconut oils has antioxidant, anti bacterial and antiviral properties. It contains 66% medium chain triglycerides. Otherwise also coconut oil is good for smooth skin and hair and is soothing n small wounds and bruises and heals.
    The next suggestion is Rice bran oil which is gaining popularity fast. It contains vitamin E and anti oxidants. Its smoke point is well higher than coconut oil and is at 254C.
    However it is always better to regulate use of oils . Ultimately the selection and use depends on familiarity and habit, taste, easy availability, price, going rancid .

  • #137783
    Everything in today is administered by computers and so called doctors. But we know our body condition by us only. Earlier we are using Groundnut oil for cooking/frying. For taking oil bath (probably many of present people would forget about oil bath as they are addicted to shampoo)using gingely (sesame) oil. Then only the introduction of palm oil, sunflower oil etc., came into the market and creating fear in us for using ground nut oil. Those who do not use one thing usually comment on others on using the same. Especially in North India many people do not use to wear flowers (may be not available freely in market) but commenting on south indians where the practice is much. Similarly without hearing this and that suggestion about oil usage hearing only the family doctor who knows our own body system is advisable. I saw in one foreign note on oils and their fat contents wherein I do not find the name of Ground nut oil but I later known that since they do not know about the usage of ground nut oil, they did not included the same in it. So, See your body condition and use the oil whichever useful to you.

  • #137787
    Instead of asking for advice on which is the best oil, learn to read labels and understand what 'healthy cooking oils' should contain.

    All oils used for human consumption are a blend of mainly three things:
    1. Saturated fatty acids
    2. Monounsaturated fatty acids
    3. Polyunsaturated fatty acids

    When shopping for oil study the 'Nutritional Value' label that is printed on every bottle, packet, tetra pack and can. Oils that will prove to be heart friendly will have the least percentage of saturated fatty acids, while having a relatively decent blend of everything else.

    Keep the following in mind:
    1. Consuming polyunsaturated fatty acids is known to lower cholesterol levels
    2. Monounsaturated fatty acids in the diet lower cholesterol only if they are a substitute for saturated fatty acids. This means to bring down cholesterol levels you have to remove saturated fatty acids from the diet and replace it with monounsaturated fatty acids.
    3. Any brand that lists either Alpha-Linolenic acids or Omega-3 as one of the ingredients, in the oil pack, is a good buy. Omega 3 is a heart friendly fatty acid.
    4. Some manufacturers may mention Flaxseed oil and Soy or Soya oil in the list of ingredients. These are rich sources of Omega-3 and therefore a good choice.
    5. Canola oil though not common in India, is also a good source of Omega-3

    Keeping the above in mind I suggest the following oils:
    1. Safflower oil
    2. Sunflower oil
    3. Corn oil
    4. Sesame oil
    5. Soyabean oil
    6. Peanut oil
    7. Mustard oil
    8. Cottonseed oil
    9. Olive oil (extra virgin)
    10. Canola oil

    All fats have the same calorie count - 9 calories for every gram. So, limit your intake of fat, even if it is healthy fat, if you are overweight, trying to lose weight or want to maintain your weight.

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  • #137831
    Groundnut, mustard, sesame, sunflower, castor are the major traditionally cultivated oilseeds. Soybean and sunflower have also gained importance in recent years. Coconut is most important amongst all the crops. Efforts are being made to grow oil palm in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and North- Eastern parts of the country in addition to Kerala and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The non-conventional oils, rice bran oil and cottonseed oil are the most important. The above mentioned all oils are good for health in one or the other way. For still more details you can visit a website of Department of food and public distribution. They have mentioned the details of how much fat each oil contains. But now recently refined sunflower oil of any brand is very good because it contains less fat content in it.

  • #137929
    Edible oil has following values:
    Calories 884
    Fats 100 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg
    Sodium 1 mg
    Potassium 1 mg
    Protein 0 g
    Here are some names edible oil which are good for health:
    1] Sunflower oil
    2] Corn oil
    3] Codliver oil
    4] Soyabean oil
    5] Peanut oil
    6] Mustard oil
    7] Cottonseed oil
    8] Castor oil
    9] Pamolin oil
    10] Linseed oil
    11] Olive oil
    12] Coconut oil

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