Deep fry in mustard oil to reduce the risk of heart disease by 70 percent

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Rujuta Diwekar, a well-known nutritionist and fitness expert, strongly recommends cold-pressed traditional oils like mustard oil. If an oil has been used in a particular region for millennia in the preparation of local cuisine, she believes that the oil has been “fine-tuned” to meet the health and nutritional needs of that region. This aspect can still be seen today in the oil consumption behavior. In northern India and some eastern regions, mustard oil is the dominant oil. In the southern states, the predominant oil is traditionally coconut oil. According to nutritionist and nutritionist Vijaya Agrawal, oils derived from plant sources are vital to proper nutrition because they contain certain essential fatty acids, such as omega-3s, that cannot be synthesized by the human body. Vegetable oils like mustard oil contain phytosterols, which prevent bad cholesterol (LDL) from being absorbed into the body. One such phytosterol is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which significantly reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. Dr. Manjari Chandra, who specializes in therapeutic nutrition and clinical dietetics, views cold-pressed mustard oil as a powerful detox agent, even more when it’s combined with the right foods – especially vegetables with healthy phytochemicals like beta-carotene, lycopene, flavonoids and isothiocyanates, etc. (Image: istock)

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