Oil nutritional facts information
Oils that we use in our diet can vary from cheap variety like palm oil to high quality and nutritious ones like olive oil. The nutritional facts about all edible processed items are usually available on the backside of the packet or container we purchase.
In my article on Dietary fats, I have made mention of the Good, The Bad and The Ugly fats. These fats are present in most of the cooking oils we regularly use.
Here are some of the nutritional facts about the commonly used cooking oils-choose which you are presently using to know its advantages and shortcomings-
Rice bran oil Nutritional facts-
Very beneficial in those having high cholesterol levels. Reduces bad cholesterol[LDL, VLDL, TGL] and increases good cholesterol[HDL]. This is an affordable oil for lower-income and middle-income group families. Check out the highlighted lines on the label-they are ones that help in reducing and maintaining good cholesterol levels in the body.
Olive Oil Nutritional facts-
By far the best of all but affordable to only a handful of people. In this oil, the monosaturated fatty acids are available in a good amount. It helps in reducing bad cholesterol and increasing the good one.
Peanut Oil Nutritional facts-
Peanut oils are available as-
- Filtered-single and double
Unrefined and unfiltered oils are by far the best as the nutritive value of groundnut oil is fully retained.
Safflower oil Nutritional facts-
In this oil, the quantity of polyunsaturated oil is high. This again is very beneficial for your heart.
Sesame oil Nutritional facts-
Very good oil for providing MUFA and PUFA, which helps in lowering LDL and triglycerides[TGL]
Sunflower oil Nutri facts-
The advantage of this oil over others[except Olive oil], is that it contains MUFA in a good quantity.
Mustard oil Nutri info-
Again, here the amount of MUFA wins over its other counterparts.
Coconut Oil Nutri facts-
Not a good oil for consumption as saturated fats are way above the recommended levels. Better to use as a component of hair oils. The only advantage is that it gives a good flavor to the food items that are cooked in it.
Soy Bean oil info-
Canola oil Nutritional facts-
Very good oil for its content of MUFA and PUFA. Lowers TGL and LDL.
Avocado oil –
Moderately good in MUFA and PUFA. Contains all the essential fatty acids but the cost is prohibitive.
These are some of the oils with benefits to our heart health. Do consider benefits and costs before buying.
Other fatty foods like butter, ghee, margarine, etc., are high in cholesterol content and have the ability to increase bad cholesterol levels. Do read the labels behind the container before purchasing it.
These are some of the important cooking oils that you may find helpful to maintain your heart health and weight.