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.
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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