Mustard Oil Vs. Refined Oil: Choose Wisely

  • 7 months ago
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Mustard Oil Vs. Refined Oil: Choose Wisely

The essential ingredient of almost every tasty dish is 'oil'. Especially your most loved fried items and, thus, you can't compromise on the quality. You might be visiting grocery stores and, there, discounted and low-priced oils gained your attention. DON'T BUY THEM!! Why am I asking you not to buy those refined oils from the grocery store? The reason is that I want you to first see whether these refined oils are better for your health or not. Let's compare refined oils with traditionally being used mustard oil. This article is all about reading refined oil vs mustard oil.

Every second person visiting hospital is being tested for cholesterol levels. It is because of the increasing trend of eating unhealthy food - here unhealthy food is not only junk food but also food made with unhealthy oil.

Mustard oil and refined oil are both fats, but their process of production is different, which affects their nutrient value. Mustard oil is extracted from mustard seeds, while refined oil is chemically treated and processed to remove impurities, odor and contaminants to fulfill consumer needs.  The choice of buying any one oil is difficult because people are less known of the benefits of mustard oil while they are much told in the advertisements of refined oil.

Why is mustard oil good for health?

Each drop of mustard oil contains;

★ Healthy fats

★ Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids

★ Glucosinolate

These nutritive components of mustard oil ensure good cardiovascular health and a healthy immune system. Your heart health is at high risk if you take in unhealthy fats and the amount of good cholesterol lowers in the body. To maintain homeostasis between good and bad cholesterol in the body, a healthy choice is mustard oil.

Iritable bowel syndrome is a nightmare that every affected person wants to get rid of as early as possible. Inflammation in your epigastric region will be reduced to minimum levels if you consume mustard oil daily. Allyl isothiocyanate is the magical elements present in mustard oil, working as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Mustard oil also improves blood circulation. It increases cardiac output leading to better functioning of body systems. This oil is a golden treatment for your old respiratory issue - phlegm. When your lungs and trachea warm up, it leads to the prevention of the production and accumulation of extra phlegm. Ventilation is improved and, you stay protected from multiple respiratory problems like emphysema.

Nutritional Value of Mustard Oil

Mustard Oil is a nutritive addition to your kitchen ingredients. It contains the following nutrients;

  • Glucosinolate
  • Vitamin A and E
  • Fatty acids (oleic acid, linoleic acid, erucic acid)

Why is refined oil bad for health?

As the name defines 'refined oil doesn't contain any impurities and harmful components". But the process of refining involves use of harmful elements like nickel. Nickel affects your skin, lungs, and hepatic organ. Your digestive system is also subjected to damage as it also has other  preservatives and sodium hydroxide added. So refined vegetable oils in the markets by any brand ARE NOT HEALTHY!! It is a wrong concept that brands always sell the perfect and purest product. We are talking about oil brands and not clothing brands. Leave your craze for the brands and focus on health.

So is mustard oil the best option?

Mustard oil is a healthy choice, as indicated in past studies but, it also comes with some disadvantages. Why the oil has disadvantages is best described in the concept "excess of everything is bad." If you take too much mustard oil, you may suffer from diarrhea or become anemic. Erucic acid present in the oil can also cause Rhinitis. Hence, a healthy recommendation is to take in less mustard oil to prevent health disorders.

Final Takeaway

Concluding, mustard oil is the right choice for your health but, only if you take in a moderate amount. Try to avoid refined oils and do not be ditched by the advertisements yelling, "it contains Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D to keep your heart and bones healthy….. Buy your oil to enjoy healthy eating. These benefits are also found in mustard oil and, thus,should be your preferred choice of oil!

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