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There is no doubt that excess of oil is bad for the heart and overall health. Knowing about the right type of oil is the key to a healthy heart, says Dr Santosh Kumar Dora, Cardiac Electro Physiologist, Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai. Here are five common types of oils rich in MUFA (monounsaturated fatty acids) that are good for the heart.
Olive oil: Olive oil is undoubtedly one of the healthiest oils as 100 gms of the oil contains 73 gms of MUFA. It is not only low in saturated fats but also contains high amounts of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are good for the heart.
Mustard oil: Did you know 100 gms of mustard oil contains 59 gms of MUFA? Well, not just this, it also contains vitamin B3, which lowers cholesterol and prevents arterial blockage due to excess cholesterol.
Groundnut oil: Unlike popular belief, groundnut oil is good for the health as it is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids. Although high in calories, 100 gms of groundnut oil contains 46 gms of MUFA.
Sunflower oil: It is not only low in saturated fats but also high in unsaturated fats like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins E, which lower cholesterol levels in the body. Moreover, 100 gms of sunflower oil contains around 46 gms of MUFA, which makes it heart healthy.
Rice bran oil: The presence of antioxidant oryzanol in Rice Bran Oil makes it healthy for the heart as it lowers blood cholesterol levels. 100 gms of rice bran oil provides around 39 gms of MUFA.