Here's the truth behind 'supposedly' healthy cooking oils

Do you think olive oil is aiding your weight loss goals? You must read this!!

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Oil

We all know eating oily or fatty food is unhealthy, but there's no way or the need to completely avoid cooking oil. Instead, opt for healthier oils that are free of cholesterol, rich in oryzanol, etc. But how much ever the health quotient, excessive use is bound to cause some harm. Browse through to find if your cooking oil has any downside!

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Ground Nut Oil

Ground nut oil: It has been an integral part of Indian kitchens and has no major drawbacks apart from the fact that it is high in calories. According to USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture), one teaspoon of groundnut oil has around 40 calories. And hence overusing ground nut oil can have its downside if you are watching your weight. Also, it is best avoided if you are allergic to nuts.

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Natural Coconut Oil

Coconut oil: Many of us use coconut oil for cooking and is practically a safe oil. But it has a high fat content and if used in excessive amounts may lead to weight gain.

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Olive Oil

Olive oil: Olive oil is known to be highly effective in controlling blood pressure levels. So if you are hypertensive and are on medications to lower your blood pressure, olive oil might cause your blood pressure to go too low.

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Mustard Oil

Mustard oil: It's an integral part of the east-Indian cuisine and has been extensively used for a very long time, but recent research has labelled it dangerous. Studies say that due to its high erucic acid (a monounsaturated fatty acid) content it is highly toxic in nature and is associated with different cardiovascular conditions in laboratory rats. Owing to this study, various countries have restricted erucic acid in oils and fats {2}, and according to a report in The Times of India the EU, USA and Canada have banned it for consumption.

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Rice Bran Oil

Rice Bran oil: The oil that is known to be cholesterol free and supposedly good for your health is not as healthy as believed. It has a high omega-6 to omega-3 ratio due to which it can cause cardiovascular diseases, cancer, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases {1}

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Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil: The British introduced sunflower oil to India and since then, it has become an integral part of Indian kitchens. It is believed sunflower oil increases blood glucose levels in diabetics and since it high in saturated fat, it increases your risk of cardiovascular diseases.