If you take a closer look at the dozens of cooking oils that vociferously claim to be good for the heart, you are likely to end up being utterly confused and befuddled. One has to be very careful – because many of these claims put forth by these oils are misleading. In fact, refined oils that claim to be heart-friendly are being blatantly untruthful.
The good news is that the widespread prevalence of heart disease has compelled medical science to take a closer look at cooking oils – and the verdict is clear: the time-tested ancient oils like Mustard Oil and Ghee are best for the heart, particularly under Indian tropical climate conditions. Mustard Oil in its cold-pressed form is rich in good fats like Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated Fatty Acids and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. It is also rich in natural antioxidants. All these go a long way in keeping the heart – indeed the entire cardiovascular system – functioning efficiently.
The reputation of Mustard Oil as a heart-friendly cooking oil has always been known in India. These credentials were reinforced by a landmark study conducted by the Harvard School of Medicine, Boston in collaboration with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and St. John’s Hospital, Bengaluru. This study found that the use of cold-pressed Mustard Oil as the primary cooking medium, especially for Indian gravies and deep-frying could reduce the risks associated with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) by more than 70 percent.
So in the clamour and confusion of so many oils claiming to be heart-friendly, trust the time-tested option that has been a part of India’s culinary heritage for thousands of years: Mustard Oil.