Refined oils are totally safe for cooking

Scientists and nutritionists dispel the myths doing rounds on social media platforms

In the wake of misleading messages doing rounds on social media platforms about refined vegetable oils, Scientific Panel on Oils and Fats at Foods Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has said that refined oils are totally safe to use as oil.

Chairperson of the Scientific Panel on Oils and Fats (FSSAI) R.B.N. Prasad said the FSSAI recognised several oils for cooking purpose and a majority of those oils required refining. Because the oil obtained either from expellers or solvent extraction plants would contain some impurities which adversely affect the security, flavour, odour and appearance of oil, they’re required to be removed for creating the oil edible and for ensuring a long period of time.


He was speaking at a seminar on ‘Edible Oils – Myths and Facts’ organised by Indian Consumer Federation attended by scientists, nutritionists and also the industry body Solvent Extractors Association and consumers here on Tuesday.


Refining advised


Some of the oils like Sunflower oil, sesame, copra oil, mustard oil and safflower oil, which were extracted using expelling techniques may be consumed without refining. However in some cases these oils were also tormented by ‘aflatoxin’ during harvesting. Thus it absolutely was advisable to refine these oils from Edible Oil Retailers In Chennai, before consumption. Several oils like sunflower, palm, soyabean, cottonseed and rice bran, among others, were required to be sold only as refined oils as these oils were produced by solvent extraction process and that they may contain solvent residues. The refining process from Cooking Oil Distributors In Chennai,was done as per the rules issued by FSSAI and most of the nutritional components were retained during refining, he said.


Dietary requirement


Former director of National Institute of Nutrition Kalpagam Polasa said as per ICMR dietary guidelines the overall dietary fat intake was 30% of total energy intake per day. This 30% of the entire daily energy intake should come from dietary sources of oils and fats. If a private consumed 2,000 Kcal of energy per day, then 30% or 600 Kcal (equal to 65 grams) should come from total fat (visible plus invisible intake). So 30 g of visible oils was necessary to be consumed per day.


On which oil is sweet, she said each vegetable oil had its own merits and demerits. If some oils like copra oil have saturated fatty acids more, that would be easily metabolised, others have mono unsaturated fatty acids that help lowering cholesterol. Thus a mix of oils may be selected and consumed to urge the required proportion of all types of fatty acids. However, it absolutely was safe to shop for packed Cooking Oil Dealers In Chennai, as loose oils might be adulterated.

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