01/7Benefits of using mustard oil for cooking
Since ancient times, mustard oil has been an inevitable part of Indian culture. It has been used extensively for cooking, massaging and even as an offering to deities. Made from mustard seeds, this oil has a strong pungent smell that adds an earthy taste to the dish. But with time mustard oil has been replaced in the kitchen with more processed and refined oils like olive, canola, sunflower, which are branded as healthy and weight loss friendly. Truth be told, these highly processed oils do not do any good to us. They are stripped off the nutrients and have marginal health benefits. If you are really into healthy eating, it is time for you to bring the mighty mustard oil back to your kitchen to lose weight and improve your overall health.
02/7The nutritional content of the mustard oil
Mustard oil is highly nutritious and when used within limits for cooking purposes, it can help to improve your health conditions. One tablespoon of mustard oil includes:
Mustard oil contains three different types of fat. It contains only a small amount of saturated fats, which makes it an ideal choice of oil to cook your meal. The other fats are- Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated- which are considered healthy for heart health. Here is how mustard oil helps in weight loss and its other health benefits.
03/7Helps to lose weight
According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, food cooked in mustard oil can decrease appetite. That's because of thermogenesis, which refers to the heat produced in the body. On top of that, food cooked in mustard oil is easy to digest and increases the metabolic rate. When the metabolism increases, you burn fat faster than usual.
04/7Promotes skin health
When applied topically, mustard oil can moisturise all the layers of the skin and nourish it properly. Massaging with this oil can improve fine lines and reduce wrinkles. Warm mustard oil when applied to hair can promote hair growth and make the roots stronger. You can also add some drops of mustard oil to your homemade face pack.
05/7Supports heart health
Being high in monounsaturated fatty acids, including mustard oil in your diet can also help to improve your heart conditions and reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases. Studies show that it may help lower triglyceride, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels, all the conditions linked with increased risk of heart problems.
The pungent smelling oil also contains allyl isothiocyanate, a compound that can help to reduce pain in the body. Besides, this oil is also rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid that can be beneficial in reducing inflammation and minor burns.
07/7May treat cold
Mustard oil is an ancient ayurvedic remedy for treating cold and congestion. Tropically applying warm oil to the chest when suffering from cold and flu can speed up the recovery and provide relief from other symptoms.