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Oil is a very essential part of cooking, especially Indian cooking. Right from the tadka to the saut ing of vegetables, oil comes into play. It is usually the first step of cooking. Place a pan on the gas and pour some oil into it. Since it is so frequently used, often people tend to reuse it several times. But is this practice safe? Can it lead to health problems? Let s find out.
What happens when you use the same oil for deep frying again and again?
The problem with reusing oil is that it can create free radicals which cause ailments in the long run. According to diet consultant Naini Setalvad, Free radicals attach themselves to healthy cells and lead to diseases. These free radicals can be carcinogenic i.e. can cause cancer and also atherosclerosis which can lead to increase in bad cholesterol levels, blocking the arteries.
Some other potential health risks of reusing oil include:
How many times can one reuse oil?
Says nutritionist Priya Kathpal, There is no set number to how many times one can reuse the oil as it depends on factors like which oil is used, how long the oil was heated, was it used for deep frying or shallow frying, what type of food was cooked in it etc...
Though using a fresh batch every time is good, it is not really practical. But if done correctly, one can reduce the risk of negative effects that reused oil may pose. Priya lists a few pointers to help you reuse oil safely.
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