What is it about fried foods? Filipinos can’t get enough of it. Chicken, beef, pork or fish; it does’nt matter at all. The increase in the number of fast food chains has been spreading like wildfire due to demands of fried foods.
This love affair with frying has caught the attention of health advocates as it means increased chances of triggering or acquiring heart diseases. The culprit: uncontrolled and irresponsible use of cooking oil.
It doesn’t have to end there, not all cooking oils are harmful to the body. Not when the right one is used.
Would you believe that scientists found a heart-healthy nutrient in Canola? It actually lowers the level of LDL also known as bad cholesterol. It also reduces the risk of getting hypertension and coronary heart disease.
Canola oil is the answer. We can finally fry and not think of doing harm to our health. What exactly is Canola and what are the benefits of using it?
Canola is sourced from grapeseed extract characterized by its low uric acid and glucosinolates. It has considerable amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids and is low in uric acid. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that the majority of the fats that you eat should be monounsaturated or polyunsaturated since it has positive effects on heart health. Monounsaturated fatty acids regulates plasma lipids and proteins.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration “eating about 1½ tablespoons (19 grams) of canola oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to its unsaturated fat content.”
The Phytosterol content in Canola is responsible for reducing total cholesterol levels by an average of 12.2%. This research was published in Nutrition Reviews. Further studies show that the intake of 2 grams per day of stanols or sterol reduces low-density lipoprotein by 10%. Phytosterols, sterols and stanols are structurally related to cholesterol and are natural plant-derived compounds.
It is safe to claim that foods rich in phytosterol may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease according to USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture). Coronary heart disease is among the leading causes of death and disability the whole world over.
In the United States, Canola is the second most used cooking oil. For years, Canola has been considered one of the healthiest oils we can ever use. It is the third largest vegetable oil produced after palm oil and soybean oil,
So go right ahead and take delight on fried foods, but be sure to use the right cooking oil for the job.
NutriAsia Golden Fiesta Canola Oil is a good source of phytosterols. Two grams of phytosterols per day may potentially reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.