Mustard oil VS Refined oils: The ultimate battle!
Updated: Sep 8
Confused which oil to choose for cooking? Well this might give some clarity as to why mustard oil can be your preferred choice!
With so many companies entering into the refined oil market using their best marketing strategy which portrays refined oils as the superhero among all the available oils, everyone gets duped to pick one and leave behind the more natural and pure mustard oil. So let us take you through a ride and make things clear on to why mustard oil should be your preferred choice!
Mustard oil is obtained from mustard seeds, while the refined oils are obtained by refining various chemically extracted vegetable oils. Using the right kind of oil is important for maintaining the health of the vital organs. The oil should also provide the right nutrition to your body. With so many cooking oils being sold in the market, choosing the best can be difficult. Moreover,if one looks up to do a casual search on the internet for the best kind of oil, there is a high probability that they will end up even more confused.
The healthy fats in mustard oil do not accumulate in the blood vessels and are also a source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Mustard oil has an antimicrobial ingredient that provides protection from infections. The oil is also low in saturated fats in comparison to other cooking oils. It is rich in antioxidants and has cholesterol-reducing properties. All these properties make mustard oil one of the best choices for cooking. None of the available cooking oils offer benefits anywhere near to those of mustard oil.
Worried about the smell of mustard in food cooked using mustard oil??
Well here’s a tip: Heat the mustard oil to the smoking point, before being used for stir frying or frying, to remove all the scent of mustard from the oil and it'll greatly enhance the taste of food being cooked.
Though a lot of cooking oils have come up in the market these days, Refined oils, among all, have much more harmful effects on health than any other oil. Treating the oil with synthetic chemicals can render it harmful. The process of refining involves nickel which has harmful effects on the skin, the respiratory system and the liver. Preservatives and sodium hydroxide are also added during the processing which are harmful to the digestive system. Reheating refined oil can create free radicals that are further said to cause diseases such as cancer and atherosclerosis.
Though cooking oils should be used only in moderate quantities, using mustard oil is highly preferable amongst all the given options. Unrefined and 100% pure mustard oil gives you all the health benefits an oil could possibly provide, and further boosts your immunity.
Stay safe, eat healthy, eat fresh!