Importance of a Healthy Cooking Oil

Why we love oil?
It makes the food tasty and easy to swallow. In addition, Chinese love oil as it represents prosperity and signifies smooth-sailing life/career etc.

Look at the amount of oil (a bowlful!) used for Yu Sheng which is a Lunar New Year tradition found in Singapore & Malaysia where family/colleaagues gather to toss a raw-fish salad and shout out well-wishes for the new year!

Why is choosing a healthy cooking oil important?
It is important because cooking oil is used everywhere! Not only is it used in a wide variety of cooking methods (e.g. roasting, grilling, baking, sauteing, pan-frying and deep-frying) but it is also found in the the “healthy” salad in the form of salad dressing. What many are unaware of is that oil is also a key factor contributing to inflammation in our bodies! Do you remember the “heaty” and “irritated” feeling at the back of the throat after eating some deep-fried food? There you go..

How does it cause inflammation?
Not only is oil being used excessively in most of the food cooked outside of home, the oil that is used typically has less than ideal Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio and low smoke point as well. The ideal ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 in a diet should range between 1 : 1 to 1 : 4 with 1 : 1 being the optimum ratio for our body. The low smoke point is harmful to health as oil starts to break down and produce toxic/carcinogenic substances once past its smoke point. To make things worst, the cooking temperature of common Asian cooking methods (e.g. stir-fry in high heat/deep frying) can be as high as 190!

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Most of the cooking oil available in supermarkets (e.g. sunflower, olive) not only has less than ideal omega-6: omega-3 ratio but also smoke point far lower than typical Asian cooking methods!

Be a wise consumer!

It is as easy as opting for a healthier cooking oil with the ideal Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio (i.e. 1:1) because you are a millionaire!

Feel free to reach out to me if you would like to find out more. Share if you find this post useful 🙂

Cheers
YingYing • +65 9199 6825 • yingying@nutritionimmunity.com


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