Which is the best cooking oil?
Nutritionist Neelanjana explained, “There is nothing like best cooking oil. It cannot be claimed that this oil is the best for health. People from different regions prefer different oil like mustard oil in the north or coconut oil in the south. People from different parts of the country love food cooked in their local flavour. To say that this specific oil is the best, it is not the right concept. Every oil has its unique fatty acid profile. It cannot be claimed that this is the best and this oil is not.”
Neelanjana further explained the right practice to use oil, “It is goods to consume two oils which complement each other as every oil has a different profile. There are certain oils which have MUFA (monounsaturated fatty acids) which is a good kind of fat. PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acids) which is also required as it contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These are required by our body from diet sources as our body cannot produce them on its own. Combine oils in such a way that deficiency of one is fulfilled by the other.”
How to choose the correct combination?
She also explained the practical way to use this combination method, “Suppose you are taking coconut oil as the main cooking medium. Do not cook everything in coconut oil as it has a lot of saturated fat. To complement this you need to add another oil to your diet. Cook some foods items in coconut oil whereas others in something else. If you are using coconut oil, you can use rice bran oil or sesame oil to cook few food items as these oils have pufa which is not present in coconut oil.”
“This is just an example you can create other combinations with other oils. The best way is to make a combination of two oils according to their composition. This is the whole concept of combining two oils. In the market you can also find ready to use combined oils,” she added.