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Making case for heart-friendly edible oil

Edible oil is one of the key ingredients needed in preparing great meals.

Basically, what a person consumes determines how healthy such a person becomes. It is even more important to note that what a person feeds his heart with matters the most.

In other words, what such an individual consumes and its impact on the heart remains very important to his wellbeing.

The saying that ‘You are what you eat’ has for centuries been keeping people alert about what they put in their bodies.

However, health-conscious feeding begins long before mealtime. It starts with the careful selection of ingredients that make up what an individual eats, including the type of edible oil used in cooking.

The type of edible oil an individual uses in cooking is important in the light of the prevailing cases of heart-related diseases globally, particularly in Nigeria.

Recently, a popular artiste slumped and died while carrying out light exercises. The story was not different for a school teacher who slumped and died while dancing during an end-of-year party for graduating students of her school.

These two instances are part of the estimated 61,374 or 4.14 percent of total deaths from coronary heart disease in Nigeria, according to the most recent World Health Organisation data.

It is interesting to know that the high presence of saturated fats in our diets has been identified as the leading cause of cardiovascular diseases.

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However, as stated in the 2020 World Health Organization report, a healthy heart requires that we reduce saturated fats to less than 10 per cent of total energy intake, reduce trans-fats to less than one percent of total energy intake, and replace both saturated fats and trans-fats with unsaturated fats – in particular, with polyunsaturated fats.

Polyunsaturated fats, also called polyunsaturated fatty acids or PUFA, are good fats unlike Saturated fats which are generally viewed as bad fats because they can cause problems with your cholesterol levels that can increase your risk of heart disease.

Polyunsaturated fats are a type of fat that is good for your heart health. Since the body cannot make this type of fat, hence it must be included in your diet by adopting edible oil and foods high in polyunsaturated fats.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood which can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.

They are generally categorized under two main groups; Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the functioning of the body’s cells.

They help with energy production and play important roles in the heart, lungs, blood vessels, and immune system.

While Omega-6 fatty acids can help control your blood sugar and lower your blood pressure with implications for your heart health. Hence, the level of PUFA is a key yardstick for measuring how healthy your cooking oil is.

According to health experts, soybean oil is one of the highest sources of PUFA. It mostly consists of 60 percent PUFA, which are heart-healthy types of fat associated with several benefits.

It contains more PUFA than sunflower oil, olive oil, corn oil, and palm oil. Now, imagine Golden Terra Soya Oil, which gives you 5x more PUFA than the popular Palm Olein (Vegetable Oil) brands.

In comparative terms, while some other brands positioned as healthy oils on the market shelf have PUFA contents of between 10 and 11 percent, Golden Terra Soya Oil contains 62 percent indicating at least 5x PUFA making it the healthiest choice for your cooking.

“As you prepare your next meal, feed your heart 5x PUFA by cooking your meals with Golden Terra Soya Oil, the leading soya oil in the Nigerian market with its increasing presence across the country,” an expert said.

“It is 100 percent pure soya oil, totally sourced and manufactured in Nigeria, available in sachet, 5liters, 10 liters and 25 liters. It should be adopted by every Nigerian for a healthy heart.”

“Families and individuals who use Golden Terra Soya Oil on a regular basis benefit from heart-healthy and brain-boosting meals that help them achieve their goals.”

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