As the name suggests, mustard oil is a fatty vegetable oil extracted from the mustard seeds. It is dark yellow in color and slightly pungent. Being an edible oil, it is widely used for cooking in northern, central, eastern and north eastern India.
Mustard oil is considered healthy as it is devoid of trans-fats, is low in saturated fats and has a high content of mono-unsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fatty acids such as omega-3. Thus, it offers an array of health benefits specially good for the heart.
Our ancient holy literatures i.e. VEDS, UPNISHADS, CHARAK SANHITA etc. had emphasized the medicinal values of Mustard Oil apart to their un parallel use in cooking , pickles and massage. For the last two decades the Multinational Companies had tried their level best to dominate over the Mustard Oil through all media and kept low prices of their products or imported Oils. To some extent they succeeded. Now the Doctors, Oil technologists, Scientists had again admitted the values of Mustard Oil and through seminars and articles etc had awaken consumers to its unmatched importance. The consumers are now again coming back to indigenous Mustard Oil which is providing to be good to heart and health as in the past.
Mustard oil, which is rich in alpha - linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid which has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of heart diseases), was linked with 2 fold lower risk compared to sunflower and other oils. The researchers also said that people who use mustard oil for frying reduce their risk of heart attack by almost 71%.
Mustard oil is healthy as it has 30 per cent protein, calcium, phytins, phenolics and natural anti-oxidants. Mustard oil contains high amount of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and a good ratio of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which is good for heart. Mustard oil contains the least amount of saturated fatty acids, making it safe for heart patients.