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September 22, 2017

The Healthiest Oil for Frying Food | Phytosterol in Canola Oil Reduces the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease


The Healthiest Oil for Frying Food | Phytosterol in Canola Oil Reduces the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

There is no denying. I love my fried food. There's always something fulfilling hearing the crunchy- cracking sound of biting a fried chicken, beef, pork or even fries.



The Healthiest Oil for Frying Food

Some people would frown about the idea as eating fried food would affect one’s cardiovascular health. Fortunately, not all cooking oils are the same, and not all of them are harmful to your body—not when you use the right one.

The Healthiest Oil for Frying Food


In fact, scientific studies show that there is actually a heart-healthy nutrient found in canola oil, which lowers one’s bad cholesterol (LDL) level and minimizes one’s risk of acquiring coronary heart disease and hypertension.


Canola is extracted from grapeseed, which is low in uric acid and glucosinolates. Thus, while canola oil is characterized by a low level of harmful saturated fatty acids, it has substantial amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids, which are touted to have positive effects on cardiovascular health through the regulation of plasma lipids and proteins.

In 2006, the US Food and Drug Administration declared that “eating about 1½
tablespoons (19 grams) of canola oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart
disease due to its unsaturated fat content.”

The Healthiest Oil for Frying Food


Research published in Nutrition Reviews further reveals five studies that compared canola-based diets with typical Western diets and found evidence that canola was able to reduce total cholesterol levels by an average of 12.2%. This cholesterol-reducing action is made by possible by canola’s phytosterol content. Phytosterols, like sterols and stanols, are natural plant-derived compounds that
are structurally related to cholesterol. Studies have shown that an intake of 2 grams per day of stanols or sterol reduce low-density lipoprotein by 10 percent. The USDA has also acknowledged that plant sterol or stanol is generally recognized as safe by manufacturers, and has authorized them to claim that foods rich in phytosterol may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease—one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality, not just in the US but in the rest of the world.

Indeed, years of scientific evidence have increasingly bolstered the status of canola oil as one of the healthiest oils we can ever use. This explains why canola is the third largest vegetable oil produced after palm oil and soybean oil, and is also the second most consumed cooking oil in the United States.


My mom and I always buy Canola Oil. NutriAsia Golden Fiesta Canola Oil is a good source of phytosterols. Two grams of phytosterols per day may potentially reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.