Oils provide essential nutrients to our health; as such, they are included in USDA recommendations for what to eat – in moderation, of course!
Health Benefits Of Oils
Oils are a major source of mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats, the two main types of potentially helpful dietary fats. These fats, found in fish, nuts and vegetable oils, like corn oil, may help lower cholesterol levels. Other recent evidence shows these fats may even help control the fat around the waistline.
Oils contain naturally occurring vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which may help reduce the risk of health problems, such as heart disease and cancer. Vitamin E also may help prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which contributes to plaque buildup in the arteries.
Cooking With Oil
According to a recent survey, 81% of respondents say they use cooking oil at least once a week. Choosing the right kind of cooking oil can be a simple, delicious and healthy way to bring out food’s flavor.
While consuming oil is essential to our health, it is important to limit the amount of oil consumed to balance your total fat and calorie intake. The Nutrition Facts label provides information to help make smart choices when selecting heart-healthy cooking oil and determining how much to consume.