In recent years, the culinary landscape in Nigeria has undergone a notable transformation as consumers increasingly prioritize healthy diets and lifestyles.
This shift has given rise to a heightened interest in cooking oils that not only deliver excellent taste but are also recognized for their health benefits and nutritional value, marking a new era of conscious culinary choices.
With consumers increasingly recognizing the impact of dietary choices on their health, individuals like Mr. Hassan Bello, a Physical Education instructor are leading the way in advocating for heart-smart cooking choices. His journey involves a vigilant examination of cooking oil labels before purchase to ensure optimal PUFA content, aligning with heart-healthy principles.
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA), particularly Omega-3 and Omega-6, are lauded for their positive impact on cardiovascular health.
The conscious incorporation of high PUFA in cooking oils has become a strategic move for individuals prioritizing heart wellness as consumers no longer see flavour and health as mutually exclusive, but rather as synergistic elements in their dietary choices.So what is polyunsaturated fatty acids? PUFA, are “good fats” unlike Saturated fats, which are generally viewed as “bad fat” because they can raise your cholesterol levels which increases your risk of heart disease.
PUFA are a type of fat that is good for your heart health. Since the body cannot make this type of fat, it must be included in your diet by adopting edible oil and foods high in PUFA.
In a recent chat with renowned cardiologist Dr. Monisola Adanijo, the spotlight shifted to the critical role of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA) in choosing the right cooking oil for heart health. Dr. Adanijo emphasizes that the higher the PUFA content, the better the oil, citing Golden Terra Soya Oil as an excellent option with elevated PUFA levels compared to regular oils available in the market.“
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA) in cooking oils are a heart-healthy ally. By choosing oils rich in PUFA, such as soybean oil, we make a conscious choice to support optimal cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation, and contribute to overall cardiovascular wellness.
Consumers have the power to take control of their heart health right from their kitchens. PUFA-rich cooking oils are an ally in maintaining cardiovascular well-being, and it all starts with a thoughtful look at the product labels. Remember, the right oil in your kitchen can be a simple yet powerful step towards a healthier heart.” Dr Adanijo stated.