Consuming mustard oil can help to keep heart diseases at bay, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said. The top US authoritarian has found credible facts to support that consuming edible oil, which is high in oleic acid (a monounsaturated fatty acid), may decrease the risk of coronary heart diseases. The health claim will now be permitted on the packaging labels for edible oils. On the other hand, these oils must contain around 75% of oleic acid to meet the criteria, FDA added.
In the age group of 35-65 years, 1.5 million cardiovascular deaths were reported, of which 0.7 million, or 67.4%, were caused by coronary heart diseases. Mustard oil has an ideal ratio of essential fatty acids as well as natural antioxidants may be one of the healthiest and ideal edible oils, with several benefits for the heart, experts suggest. Mustard oil usually has a pungent taste, contains around 62 percent monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), about 12 percent saturated fats, and 22 percent polyunsaturated fats (PUFA). A high level of PUFA and MUFA, also known to be good fats, helps to maintain heart health as well as lower bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol. Further, it also consists of around 7% cent of the omega-3 fatty acids and 14 % of the omega-6, the two vital fatty acids in the ideal ratio of 1:2, which is a massive benefit for the heart, as it helps to balance cholesterol levels. This, in turn, decreases triglycerides or blood fat levels, and helps in keeping the heart-healthy, experts suggest.
According to a study published recently, the use of mustard oil as a cooking medium decreases the chances of heart disease, for instance, coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common kind of heart disease – by nearly 75 percent. It also helps to normalize blood flow and protects the body from anxiety and hypertension. Additionally, mustard oil may also be more useful than olive oil, which is very common to Mediterranean cooking, along with other refined oils, for instance, vegetable oils, the experts suggest.