What is Flaxseed Oil 0
What is Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil comes from ripened flaxseeds that manufacturers have cold pressed to extract the oil. Another name for flaxseed oil is linseed oil.
Flaxseed oil is commercially available in both capsule and liquid form. It contains a type of omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
The body uses ALA from flaxseed oil and converts it in small amounts to other fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid.
Omega-3 fatty acids are vital to a person's physical and mental health.

There must be a reason why almost every fitness enthusiast is seen munching on flaxseeds. Flat, nutty and shiny, flaxseeds are a treasure trove of health benefits. The superfood is packed with beneficial nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids and fibre. From aiding weight loss to boosting oestrogen levels and heart health, the benefits of flaxseeds are multi-faceted. It is no wonder then, that people have found so many ways to make most of the superfood. Flaxseed oil is one of the healthiest additions you can make to your diet. Made from freshly ground flaxseeds, flaxseed oil contains 50 to 60% omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acids) and lignans. Flaxseed oil is best consumed fresh. If left exposed or heated, it tends to lose its nutritive value.
Flaxseeds are a treasure trove of health benefits

Here are some flaxseed oil benefits you may not have known:

1. Heart Health:
Flaxseed oil is very effective in maintaining overall heart health....

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How to check the quality of edible oil 0
How to check the quality of edible oil

Introduction
Majority of the edible oils used for cooking, frying and food formulations are derived from plant sources, specifically from oilseeds such as mustard, sunflower seeds, peanuts, etc. Edible vegetable oils are liquid at room temperature and comprised of mainly triacylglycerides that are made up of three fatty acids attached to a glycerol molecule through ester bonds. Physical, chemical and nutritional properties of vegetable oils vary significantly depending on the type of fatty acids present in the oil. Unsaturated fatty acid content of vegetable oils is significantly higher than that of animal fats. Although high unsaturated fatty acid content makes the oil healthier, highly unsaturated oils are prone to fast oxidation and quality deterioration during processing, handling and storage. Vegetable oils also contain other compounds in minor amounts that affect their quality and nutritional value. Phytosterols, tocopherols, waxes are some of the minor components of vegetable oils (less than 1 percent of the oil). These compounds are not regularly analyzed for oil quality evaluation purposes partly due to the complexity of the analytical protocols and the need for expensive instruments for testing.

Monitoring and maintaining edible oil quality are of paramount importance to ensure safety of the product for consumption. Although there is no official standard set for evaluating edible oil quality, FFA content, peroxide value (PV) and p-anisidine value (AV) are commonly used in industry to report edible oil quality. This fact sheet summarizes edible oil quality parameters used in industry and for research purposes.

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Best Indian Cooking oils for Diabetic People 0
Best Indian Cooking oils for Diabetic People

The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes along with dyslipidemia is increasing alarmingly in India and in other parts of the world. The causes of this malady are yet to be known, though urban lifestyle and diet are considered to be the two most important factors. Research clearly confirms that both conditions are significantly related to lifestyle factors such as obesity, poor diet, and lack of physical activity. Considerable effort has therefore been invested in identifying dietary interventions that can play a role in preventing and managing these conditions.

Edible oils act as important dietary sources of fats and oils. Some oilseeds are cultivated in India, while a portion is imported to satisfy the need of the population. Indians have a predilection towards fried items and a large portion of fat requirements are fulfilled through this habit. Oils have different biological effects in different conditions, especially in patients suffering from Type 2 Diabetes with dyslipidemia. Hence, there is a need to have a comprehensive study of all these edible fats and oils in human beings, both in normal and in disease conditions. A study highlighted the effect of different edible oils such as sesame oil, groundnut oil, mustard oil, coconut oil, ghee on humans and the results indicated that sesame oil has the most benefit, followed by mustard oil.

Sesame oil is rich in linoleic acid and oleic acid, which constitutes about 80-85% of total fat in it. Further it is a rich source of vitamin E and the lignan- sesamin, both being good antioxidants. Oleic acid and linoleic acid have proven its role in control of FBS(Fasting blood glucose) and in inducing beneficial changes in lipid profile.

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Conventional oil extraction v/s Cold pressed oil 0
Conventional oil extraction v/s Cold pressed oil

Cold pressed oil: Why you should switch from refined oil to this much healthier alternative?
Cold pressed oils retain nutrients and flavour otherwise destroyed by heat in refined oil extraction, making them good for your heart and overall well being.

Conventional oil extraction:
The modern method of oil extraction involves supplying a lot of heat. The oilseed is first crushed, and the pulp is heated under pressure. As a result, almost all the oil is extracted.

The downside is that the oil is heated up to temperatures of 230 degree centigrade. Heating it to such high temperatures alters the properties of the oil molecules in unfavourable ways (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons are formed at high temperatures which are carcinogenic) – and strips it off of its nutritional value.

For optimum extraction of oil, a solvent is added. The hazards of exposure to hexane are many – including dermatitis and CNS depression – depending upon the quantity of hexane inhaled or ingested.

The other option of extraction is using a method called “Expeller pressing“, which is a mechanical process of extraction using a machine called an expeller. No heat is added to the process, but heat can be produced as a result of the mechanical action on the nut – which could very well result in high temperatures that alter the chemical composition of the oil.

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Almond Oil in Pregnancy…. 0
Almond Oil in Pregnancy….

The nearly 10 months of pregnancy brings many changes, both physical and emotional. The physical changes are the most obvious and are also the ones that can cause the most concern and discomfort. There are natural remedies that are useful for easing certain pregnancy symptoms. Almond oil is readily available and economical, but it might also cause health risks in some individuals.

What is Natural Almond Oil?
Natural Almond oil comes from the same edible nut that you may be familiar with as a crunchy snack or an ingredient in baked goods. This kind of oil is popular for use in massage and as a component in skincare products because it is more stable than other types of oils, making it less likely to spoil. Almond oil is light in color and texture and has a mild nutty aroma that many people find pleasing. When shopping for this oil, you may find it labeled either "almond" or "sweet almond." Oils labeled "roasted almond oil" are meant for culinary use only.

Can Pregnant Women Use Almond Oil?
Three types of almond oils can are commonly found in the market. We will look at the use and safety of all of these:

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Incredible Mustard oil 0
Incredible Mustard oil

Mustard oil is extracted from mustard seeds and is commonly used in India. It is an ancient oil that is said to be loaded with many health benefits. Mustard oil is full of MUFA(monounsaturated fatty acids) which is very important for our health.

There are some ingredients that can never be replaced in the Indian kitchen. Not only are they essential in creating various regional delicacies, their uses are manifold and extend beyond the confines of the kitchen. One such example is mustard oil. While it does take some "getting used to" to familiarise yourself with the pungency, get used to it and you will soon learn to appreciate its unique flavour. It is addictive. In Eastern and North Eastern India, it is hard to imagine life without a bottle of mustard oil at home. It is believed to have miraculous properties, and therefore is used as a remedy to treat cold, boost immunity, encourage hair growth, provide nourishment to skin (especially in case of babies who are massaged with mustard oil during winters and made to sunbathe for a dose of Vitamin D and also to strengthen the bones), oral health, so on and so forth.

Mustard oil (sarson ka tel) is extracted from mustard seeds (black, brown and white), and is reddish brown or amber in colour.
Cooking oils form an integral part of Indian lifestyle. However, one is confronted with an array of well marketed edible oils asserting host of health claims. In Indian cooking conditions, which mostly involve deep frying, our age-old oils like ghee, coconut oil and mustard oil score better than refined and other oils in overall health benefits.

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Uses of Coconut oil to get Healthy Skin And Hair 0
Uses of Coconut oil to get Healthy Skin And Hair

We have already discussed how coconut oil is incredibly beneficial for health. Coconut oil is an edible oil, which is extracted from the kernel of mature coconuts. Coconut oil is high in healthy saturated fats that have different effects on most other fats in your diet. The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil are known to burn calories faster. The fatty acids in the oil can kill harmful pathogens, including viruses and fungi, which could potentially help prevent infections.

Today, we are going to explore how coconut oil manages to be the best oil for keeping skin and hair healthy.
The wonder oil offers best benefits, most of which are unknown to us. Apart from being healthful, it is known to be good for skincare and haircare. We shall now discuss how coconut oil manages to be the best oil for keeping skin and hair healthy.


1. Acts as a makeup remover

Natural coconut oil is the perfect and of course cost-efficient way to remove make-up. Take a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes and face. The oil tends to break down the waxy make-up from the eye and face and leaves the delicate area hydrated too. Once you are done wiping your face with coconut oil, wash it off with a mild face wash.

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Wonders of Sesame Oil 0
Wonders of Sesame Oil

What is Sesame Oil

Sesame oil or gingelly oil, which comes from sesame seeds, is a lesser-known vegetable oil. It is, in fact, one of the healthiest alternatives to normal vegetable oils. Sesame seeds are small yellowish brown seeds that are primarily found in Africa, but they also grow in smaller numbers on the Indian subcontinent.

Sesame oil has gained quite a bit of popularity in recent years because it is relatively inexpensive to extract and the impressive benefits of it because of amount of vitamins such as vitamin E and vitamin K, organic compounds, and other beneficial components.

Health Benefits of Sesame Oil
Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Sesame Oil:

Helps in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sesame seeds are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. They are loaded with copper, zinc, magnesium, iron and calcium. It is particularly known for its zinc and copper contents, which help in the production of red blood cells, blood circulation and metabolism. Copper is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties...

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Amazing facts about Groundnut Oil 0
Amazing facts about Groundnut Oil

What is Groundnut Oil?
Groundnut oil, also known by other names such as groundnut oil and arachis oil, is a type of vegetable oil commonly used in cooking that is derived from groundnuts. It comes in a number of varieties, including refined, unrefined, roasted, and cold-pressed, but the best is to use only cold-pressed as it has multiple benefits. Generally, people use groundnut oil in their cooking for the interesting flavor that it gives, particularly the roasted variety, as well as the fact that it is healthier than many types of oil.

Most of the health benefits of groundnut oil come from its diverse types of fatty acids, such as oleic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid, and linoleic acid, among others. While unbalanced levels of fatty acids can be dangerous for your health, groundnut oil has a very safe balance that can boost your health in a variety of ways, in addition to the health benefits from the other vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds found in groundnuts.

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How can a heart attack be avoided 0
How can a heart attack be avoided

Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the world's number one killers, claiming 17.5 million lives a year globally.


What are the best oils to use for cooking and which is the safest variety to use?

According to the National Institute of Nutrition India, our diet should consist of 15-30 percent fats.
One must remember that not all oils are suitable for high-temperature Indian cooking. Using oils such as olive oil (especially extra-virgin) are not recommended for deep frying food items such as samosas and pakodas. The reason for this is that on over-heating these oils lose their nutritional qualities and produce harmful by-products. Alternatively when used in salads as a dressing, the oil does wonders in helping protect the heart. Similarly, natural oils like groundnut, coconut, mustard oil all have a good heat endurance and can be used for deep-frying. So the choice of oil must be customized for the food you are looking at cooking.
Different oils are suitable for different cooking conditions and people for instance: Sunflower oil is not at all recommended for diabetic patients since it increases sugar levels. Natural coconut, mustard and almond oil are considered good for the heart because they contain healthy fats. However, combining different oils in one's diet is ideal.

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Choice of oil for pregnant and lactating mothers 0
Choice of oil for pregnant and lactating mothers

Use coconut oil during pregnancy and breastfeeding, as part of a healthy nutrient dense whole food diet. Coconut oil supplies rich amounts of saturated fat with high amounts of lauric acid. Not only will your body benefit, but your baby will receive the same benefits. The saturated fat content helps you to build-up adequate fat stores in pregnancy and in preparation for breastfeeding. Fat stores are vital to maintaining adequate energy and proper body function for both pregnancy and lactation. During pregnancy and lactation, your baby is going to get vital nutrients and calories from your body, what is left is used by your body. It also provides energy in the form of medium chain fatty acids to help the baby grow and develop properly. This is why a healthy diet is vital to caring for not only your health, but the health of your child.

Lauric acid found in coconut oil and breast milk has been found to have antiviral, antibacterial and parasiticidal (kills parasites) properties that support proper immune function. This may help to protect your and your baby’s health in pregnancy. The benefits of lauric acid continues on during lactation, as those benefits are directly passed to your baby through your breast milk. Breast milk is comprised of about 20% lauric and capric acid, these help to protect your baby from illness.

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Role of Cooking oil in weight management 0
Role of Cooking oil in weight management

You probably would have heard a lot of people saying fats are bad for health and especially if you are on a weight loss diet. Most cooking oils contain fat which adds to weight gain therefore many people avoid adding those oils to their diet. However, there are certain healthy cooking oils which never add calories no matter how much you add it to your favourite dish.
For Indian style cooking, the best oil which helps in losing and balancing fat is coconut oil. Today, we will figure out how coconut oil can help you lose your weight especially on the belly.

Coconut Oil is high Fatty Acids That Boost Metabolism
Coconut oil is vastly different from most other fats in the diet.
Whereas most foods contain predominantly long-chain fatty acids, coconut oil consists almost entirely of Medium Chain Fatty Acids.
The thing with these medium chain fatty acids, is that they are metabolized differently than the longer chain fats.

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Healthy oil choices for infants 0
Healthy oil choices for infants

It’s fun to watch little babies try their first foods, isn’t it? The way they open their little mouths and the fun little expressions that come with it! After the initial stage of plain cereals and purees, it becomes time to move on to stage 2, with more complex dishes. This is when you will actually start cooking for your little one, as well as try out various finger foods that the family is eating. Now once you’ve fired up your stove and put on a pan, you reach out for the oil bottle. But wait, you’re cooking for a very special person now, so how do you know which is the best cooking oil for babies?

As mom, you’re in charge of your children’s health. That means feeding them healthy foods, limiting their exposure to toxins, and yes, what you do to help them get better when they are sick.
You don’t have to be a doctor. You don’t have to be a nurse. All you need to be is willing to learn and do it.

Today, we will share some of the most preferable choices of edible oils for children with their benefits.

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What are Monounsaturated fats and Polyunsaturated fats 1
What are Monounsaturated fats and Polyunsaturated fats

By now, we have come across several times through the terms like Monounsaturated fats/Polyunsaturated fats and fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6. Let us understand in detail what these fats are and how can it be beneficial to us.

Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are generally found in plants and are touted as healthy fats, unlike trans fats, saturated fats and cholesterol. Organizations such as the American Heart Association (AHA) encourage people to switch to foods based on monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats from those that contain saturated and trans fats, which are generally processed fats or come from animal-based fat sources. Food often contains a combination of different types of fats.

 

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Myths and Facts about edible oils 0
Myths and Facts about edible oils

There are many types of oil or fat derived from animal or plant sources that we can use for cooking. Some of the most common oils are vegetable-based, but these have recently come under fire as less healthy than previously thought. What are the facts about vegetable oils?
The processed vegetable oils that we see in our homes today are available as the result of several stages of processing and refining.

Generally, vegetable oils are made from a mix of canola, soybean, corn, sunflower and safflower oils. The process of extraction involves many chemicals, and some manufacturers add coloring or bleach the oil to make it looks more appealing and uniform. Effectively, it's a highly processed food product. This alone is a red flag when discussing nutrition, as whole foods (or foods closest to their natural state) offer more beneficial nutrients without added ingredients.

 

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Filtered oil v/s Refined oil 1
Filtered oil v/s Refined oil

We consume cooking oil almost everyday in our major meals. It plays a major role in maintaining a healthy body. But do we put in adequate thoughts in selecting the right kind? How often do we read the label or see how pure the oil is? There are various choices available in market. We have to be very careful in selecting the right type of oil else it could prove hazardous to health especially heart. There are two distinct choices based on the purification process. Refined oil or double refined oil and Filtered oil. Let's understand and decode what are these types along with making the healthier choice.

Filtered oil or Natural oil or kachhi ghani as we call in India, is the type of oil which is processed or filtered through strainers to eliminate the solid particles and impurities from the oil. No chemicals are used in this process. They appear to be more dark and cloudy and the smell is more prominent of the seed from which it is extracted.

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Interesting facts about the cooking oil 0
Interesting facts about the cooking oil

Many people shun preparing food with cooking oil. May be because of health consciousness or may be all about ignorance on how to use cooking oil correctly in food preparation.

Cooking Oils when used in right manner and the sensible choice, cooking oils are not detrimental to good nutrition. Rather they have proved to be a great supplement for a healthy diet. Let's discuss a few interesting facts to keep in mind for a healthy choice of oils and the ways of using the same.

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Medicinal benefits of natural oil 0
Medicinal benefits of natural oil

There are so many different types of oil available in the market to help our body thrive, each having its own unique value. But it is important to understand which oil should be used for which specific reason. Let's rundown through a few oils.

Coconut oil

The all-around best oil for all your deepest, darkest need, coconut oil has qualities that are pretty darn impressive. Along with its greatness in cooking purposes, it has tremendously great medicinal benefits. It is rich in lauric acid which is not only antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial but has unique properties that make it efficient fuel source for the human body. It also helps in boosting immunity and helps in reducing inflammation. It can be burned for energy rather than stored as fat. It also works as a great moisturizer for hair, lips and skin, since its fatty acids create a barrier to lock moisture in.

 

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Natural Oils over Refined Oils 0
Natural Oils over Refined Oils

A lot has been said about different types of oils; among which cold pressed oils have been the most talked about. Recently, many experts have pronounced cold pressed oils as healthy alternative to cooking oils. They are known to be cholesterol free, are unrefined or unprocessed, do not contain harmful solvent residues and contain natural antioxidants that are beneficial for the body.

What are Cold-pressed Oils? 
The oils that you use for cooking everything are extracted from seeds, fruits or vegetables and even nuts. Cold pressing is the method of oil extraction from oilseeds such as coconut, sesame, groundnut etc. In olden times, a long cylindrical contraption known as 'ghani' was used to extract oil from oilseeds. Cold pressed retain healthy antioxidants that are otherwise damaged by being exposed to heat. Antioxidants help combat free radicals that cause cell damage in the body. Most cold pressed oils are rich in vitamin E, which has anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

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History of cooking oils 0
History of cooking oils

Cooking oils have always been an essential part of cooking since ages. People across various regions began to process vegetable oils thousand of years ago, utilizing whatever food stuff that was available in hand to obtain oil for cooking purposes. Early people learned to use Sun, a fire or an oven to heat oily plant products until plants exuded oil that could be later collected. However gradually, the composition and techniques of extraction from the variety of plants have evolved to a very large extent.

Vegetable oil extracted from the plants seeds, have been used since ancient times and in many cultures. In a 4000 years old kitchen unearthed in Indiana’s Charlestown state park, archaeologist found the evidence that large stone slabs were used to crush hickory nuts and then oil was extracted using boiling water.

History of vegetable oil production

History of vegetable oil production is as old as thousand of years before Christ. At that time, say in 2000 B.C. Chinese and Japanese used soybean to extract oil whereas somewhere in 3000 B.C. in South Europe olive oil was used from the best quality of olives. In Mexico and North America, peanuts and sunflower seeds were roasted and beaten into a paste before being boiled in water; the oil that rose to the surface was then skimmed off. Africans also grated and beat palm kernels and coconut meat and boiled the resulting pulp, skimming the hot oil off the water.

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