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Benefits of Soybean Oil And Its Side Effects

The health benefits of Soybean oil are such that it helps to develop good body immune system, strengthens body tissues and organs, maintains brain function, maintains eye health, keeps teeth strong and healthy, keeps the digestive system healthy, maintains heart’s health and performance, maintains steady blood pressure, prevents osteoporosis, controlls transition of menopause, lowers the risks of breast and colon cancer, prevents anaemia.

Benefits of Soybean Oil And Its Side Effects

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Soybean Oil
Nutritional Value of Soybean Oil
Health Benefits of Soybean Oil
Helps to develop good body immune system
Helps in strengthening body tissues and organs
Helps to maintain brain function
Helps in maintaining eye health
Helps in keeping teeth strong and healthy
Helps in preventing anaemia
Helps to maintain heart’s health and performance
Helps in maintaining steady blood pressure
Helps to prevent osteoporosis
Helps in controlling transition of menopause
Helps in lowering the risks of breast and colon cancer
Helps in keeping the digestive system healthy
Uses of Soybean Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Soybean Oil
Cultivation of Soybean Oil

Soybean Oil

Soybean oil is a vegetable oil which is extracted from the seeds of soybean plant (Glycine max). It is one of the most widely used vegetable oils in the world, possibly because soybeans are some of the most widely cultivated and utilized plants, particularly in recent decades. Soybeans are native to East Asia and is considered a legume. Most soybean oil is refined, blended, and sometimes hydrogenated. Then, it can be graded into different levels and strengths of soybean oil depending on the desired application.

Soybean oil is considered healthier than most other vegetable oils due to its good variety of essential fatty acids that the body needs to remain healthy. There are also a number of plant sterols in soybean oil, which can have a wide variety of health benefits on people who regularly include soybean oil in their diet. The vitamin and mineral content of soybean rounds out the healthy aspects of this delicious and widely useful legume.

Nutritional Value of Soybean Oil

Per 100 g, soybean oil has 16 g of saturated fat, 23 g of monounsaturated fat, and 58 g of polyunsaturated fat. The major unsaturated fatty acids in soybean oil triglycerides are the polyunsaturates such as alpha-linolenic acid (7%-10%) and linoleic acid (51%) and the monounsaturate oleic acid (23%). It also contains the saturated fatty acids stearic acid (4%) and palmitic acid (10%). The high-proportion of oxidation-prone linolenic acid is undesirable as cooking oils. Hydrogenation may be used to reduce the unsaturation in linolenic acid. The resulting oil is called hydrogenated soybean oil. If the hydrogenation is only partially complete, the oil may contain small amounts of trans fat.

Health Benefits of Soybean Oil

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Soybean Oil
Health Benefits of Soybean Oil

Helps to develop good body immune system

Soybean oil has high vegetable protein which is very good for the human body immune system. Consuming it every day will keep protein level in our body enough therefore protects the body from getting sick easily. Protein is also very important for cell regeneration.

Helps in strengthening body tissues and organs

Soybean oil contains lecithin which helps to increase the absorption of the fat soluble vitamins. The quick absorption keeps the body tissues and organs strong.

Helps to maintain brain function

Lecithin, found in soybean oil, is also one of the brain component which contain fitosterol that helps to increase the brain nerves functions and prevent schizophrenia.

Helps in maintaining eye health

Soybean oil contains bioflavonoids and vitamin E for keeping the eyes healthy. It prevents cataract, glaucoma, and decreasing of retina’s function, especially for persons aged sixty years or above.

Helps in keeping teeth strong and healthy

The strongest part of the teeth is enamel which need high calcium and protein to keep it strong and healthy. Soybean oil contains high calcium and protein which is very good for enamel’s nutrition. Besides that, good enamel prevents teeth from developing cavities.

Helps in preventing anaemia

Soybean oil can prevent some diseases if it is consumed regularly. One of them is anaemia which is caused by the lack of iron in the body. Highest concern for vegetarian is having anaemia because their diet food does not provide enough iron. Fortunately, from recent researches it has been seen that soybean oil, contains really high level of iron. Therefore the vegetarians do not need to worry again about where they will get it because they can fry tempeh with soybean oil. The iron present is in the form of ferritin which can be easily absorbed by the body.

Helps to maintain heart’s health and performance

Soybean oil helps to keep the heart healthy since it contains carbohydrates, low fat and cholesterol, vitamin E and K, fatty acids, lysine and other amino acids. Hence consumption of Soybean oil helps to keep the heart healthy and prevents the conditions of atherosclerosis.

Helps in maintaining steady blood pressure

When heart work properly without excess effort, blood pressure will be kept normal and give good supply of blood to whole body. Normal blood pressure also prevents stroke and gives more calmness in running our daily life. Soybean oil helps in maintaining a normal blood pressure in the body.

Helps to prevent osteoporosis

Soybean oil has good isoflovids known as phytoestrogen which has characters similar to estrogen. Estrogen is essential for keeping the bones healthy and strong. Women after menopause lack estrogen, and hence get more prone to weak bones. Consumption of soybean oil, increases the level of estrogen in their blood, and helps in providing strength to bones and preventing the conditions of osteoporosis.

Helps in controlling transition of menopause

Menopause can be hard for women because it give signs that they are not fertile anymore. Side effects of it are decreasing of skin moisture, weakening of bones and some other symptoms due to the lack of estrogen in the body. Soybean oil helps women during the transition in the menopause times. The phytoestrogen present in it gives same effects for body as that of estrogen. Phytoestrogen keeps the bones healthy and maintain skin moisture.

Helps in lowering the risks of breast and colon cancer

Phytoestrogen, contained in the Soybean oil, which is able to maintain the estrogen level inside the body, also prevents the risks of developing breast and colon cancer. Research shows that Asian women are less prone to breast and colon cancer as compared to women in Europe. This is due to the regular consumption Soybean oil and other products of Soybean by the Asians in comparison to the Europeans.

Helps in keeping the digestive system healthy

Too much insoluble fat inside our body can cause the digestive system not to function smoothly. By having enough lecithin from Soybean oil, the fats will dilute faster and will increase body’s metabolic rate and as a result of this, the toxic matter inside the body will be released out more easily.

Uses of Soybean Oil

Soybean oil's clean, natural taste and nearly imperceptible odor support and enhance the natural flavours of prepared foods. Soybean oil's neutral flavor lets the real taste of the food product come through. Adaptable to nearly every fat or oil application in the food industry, soybean oil works well with other ingredients including other fats and oils, making it very suitable for use in salad dressings, sauces and baked goods. Soybean oil is available with AOM (active oxygen method) stability levels ranging from 15 to over 300 hours, and it is a proven performer in the wide range of applications required by snack food manufacturers, bakeries, foodservice providers and more. Liquid soybean oil is used in 100% formulations for cooking oil and to create mayonnaise, salad dressings and sauces. Soybean oil can turn two ounces of olive oil into a whole pint of flavored oil for dressings. The distinctive olive oil aroma will be evident, even though the bulk of the dressing's oil component comes from inexpensive soybean oil. Compared to other vegetable oils, soybean oil has good emulsifying ability, making it the first choice of the general food industry.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Soybean Oil

Soybean oil is safe for most adults when taken by mouth in amounts normally found in food and when applied to the skin as an insect repellent in recommended amounts. Pharmaceutical quality soybean oil is also safe when used as a nutritional supplement in intravenous feedings. The processed soybean oil (unsaponifiable fractions of soybean oil) has been used safely in research studies for up to 6 months. However, a few side effects of Soybean Oil include allergies in persons who are hypersensitive to Soybean and other Soy-products, problems like gynecomastia, changes in the mood and obesity which is more pronounced in men due to increase in estrogen levels. Soybean and other Soy-products has a number of minerals and components, which can have various side effects on human body, but most of these minerals, are prone to lose their effects when exposed to heat or cooking.

Cultivation of Soybean Oil

Unlike the seeds of most other legumes (except the peanut), the soybean is rich in oil, and is often called an 'oilseed'. The great majority of the world's soybeans are processed by the soybean crushing industry to produce crude soy oil (also called 'crude soybean oil') and soybean meal. The oil is then degummed (to remove the lecithin) and usually refined, bleached, partially hydrogenated and deodorized to make a variety of popular products, such as salad and cooking oils, shortenings, and margarine.

Since its first appearance in the 11th century AD, the Chinese term for 'soy oil' has been written with the two characters meaning 'bean' and 'oil'. The Chinese term for the presscake that remains after expression of the oil from soybeans, a term which first appeared in during the 1400s, is written with the characters meaning 'bean' and 'cake' or 'soybean' and cake.' In the United States, the earliest terminology for soy oil followed the Chinese pattern. It was called 'Chinese bean oil' by Roelofsen (1894) and 'bean oil' by Carson (1909) and many other early writers well into the 1920s (Piper and Morse 1923; South Manchuria Railway Co. 1926). Other popular terms in the early 1900s were 'soya bean oil' ( New York Oil, Paint and Drug Reporter 1910 Ref??; Toch 1912; New York Times 1916), 'soy bean oil' (Thompson and Morgan 1912; Bailey and Reuter 1919), and 'soy-bean oil' (Williams 1916a,b; Holmes 1918). The modern term 'soy oil' was first used by Jordan in 1918, but it was not widely used until the 1940s. From the early 1920s until the present the term 'soybean oil' (first introduced by Piper and Morse in 1923) was the one most widely used. However in 1944 Pellett of the American Soybean Association (ASA) recommended that this term be changed to the shorter soy oil, which also avoided use of the word 'bean'. This change was slow to catch on, however, until the ASA began intensive market development and promotion for soy oil in the late 1970s and early 1980s, andactively stressed the benefits of the shorter term. Yet even in 1982 this oil is usually referred to in most scholarly publications and on most food product labels as 'soybean oil'. The term 'soy oil', however, will probably become the standard eventually. Or will it be 'soyoil', an even shorter term that began to appear here and there in the late 1970s (Thompson 1978; Soybean Update , 26 July 1982).

Popular Questions & Answers

I am beyond 70. have completed cataract operation two years ago. My eye sight was very bright But now the distance is not very clear but not bad also I cd see bus no when it comes closer. I have dry eyes So I keep using refresh drops. How many times I shd use? I use just once in the morning only after getting up. I do not find or experience of any impact. I feel whether it is very much needed Can I cure dryness due to diet by consuming flaxseed by not putting drops.

Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences (BNYS), M.sc in yoga and naturopathy, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Ayurveda, Delhi
Hi Lybrate user, you can use it thrice daily. You can use omega-3 supplements, or eat more foods rich in this nutrient, such as: ground flaxseed and flaxseed oil palm oil soybean oil chia seeds fatty fish, including salmon, tuna walnuts eggs avoid more air conditioned atmosphere use humidifier in winter seasons.
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I have very low immunity. I often encounter digestion problems as well as cold and body pain. Suggest me any tablet for developing immunity as well as my weight. I am terribly under weight.

MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Hi lybrate-user, Your body’s immune system is more powerful than you probably imagine. It has to be taken care in a long run hence medicines are not the long term solution. Let me suggest some natural ways to boost your immunity. 1. Eat lean protein at every meal. No one food will magically fend off the flu, but certain nutrients take the lead in helping protect your body from billions of bacteria, viruses, and other germs—and protein is one of them. One of the reasons is that the antibodies that help fight disease are actually made of protein. Another reason: Many foods high in protein also contain other immune-boosting nutrients. Lean protein from beans, soy, and seafood containing zinc—a mineral that helps up the production of infection-fighting white blood cells; even mild zinc deficiencies can increase your susceptibility to infections. Nuts, like almonds and cashews, are also good sources of protein, as well as magnesium, both of which help support a healthy immune system. 2. Shoot for 5 cups of fruits and veggies a day. Almost any kind is good, but if you’re going to pick and choose, opt for the ones rich in vitamins A, C, and E. Here’s why: Vitamin A (which you get from sweet potatoes, carrots, and dark leafy greens) helps white blood cells fight off infections more effectively; it also helps regulate the immune system. Citrus fruits (like lemons, oranges, and grapefruit), as well as bell peppers, papayas, and broccoli, contain vitamin C, which improves the absorption of iron from plant-based foods and helps the immune system protect against disease. And vitamin E, found in nuts, seeds, and turnip greens, has been shown in scientific studies to combat flu and upper respiratory infections. If you eat a variety of greens (and oranges and yellows and reds) as part of a balanced diet, you’ll get all the good stuff you need to help fight disease. Taking a multivitamin or mineral supplement may help in some cases, but talk to your doctor—sometimes too-high doses of certain minerals can cause imbalances and actually suppress your immune response. 3. Take a 10-minute walk a few times a day. Getting a total of 20 to 30 minutes of daily physical activity can bolster many defenses of the immune system. Exercise gets antibodies and white blood cells moving through the body faster, so they may detect illnesses sooner; plus, an increase in circulation may also trigger the release of hormones that “warn” immune cells of intruding pathogens. Keep your workouts moderate; high-intensity activity, such as a marathon running or intense gym training, could actually decrease the amount of white blood cells circulating through the body and up your risk of illness. 4. Get your vitamin D levels checked. About 50 nmol/L is generally enough to maintain overall health; less than 30 nmol/L is too low for most people. New research suggests vitamin D could boost immune response, and too-low levels may be linked to an increase in seasonal colds and flu. Many of us are deficient in vitamin D, which we can get from the sun and very few foods. Talk to your doctor; you may need a supplement to boost your numbers. 5. Reduce your stress levels. Do yoga, play with your dog, listen to music—find ways to chill out because research shows stress alters how well your immune system works. 6. Cook with olive and canola oils. These contain healthy fats, which act as a lubricant for cells. This lubricant improves flexibility and communication between the cells, which promotes immune function. Just be careful that you’re not consuming too many omega-6 fats in the meantime: Research shows that people who consume disproportionately more 6s (found in the soybean oil used in most processed snack foods) than 3s are at higher risk for inflammation and immune system problems. Hope this helps. Good Luck.
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I'm 16 years old. I eat oily items. I want to know whether is that the reason for the occurrence of pimples? How to get rid of pimples.

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
There are no foods that always cause acne. There are no foods that always prevent acne. But there are a number of foods that often make acne worse or make acne better—although cleansing, disinfection, and other aspects of acne skin care are also important to keeping your skin blemish-free.No food always causes acne, and no food always prevents acne, but some foods make acne more or less likely. Greasy foods do not cause acne by themselves, but consuming too many foods made with corn oil or soybean oil can make your skin break out. Raw vegetables and fruits reduce the incidence of acne in teens

What type of oil should be used for cooking for diabetic patient? We use soybean oil is it good or bad? Please suggest good oil for controlling diabetes?

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
Mr. lybrate-user, Thanks for the query. For diabetic person or for a normal healthy individual, no single oil is perfect. It is better to use two or three different oils. Like for making vegetables one type (ground nut, or sun flower or saflower or soy oil) for tadaka use ghee, for salads olive oil etc. Combination of oils is always good. Thanks.

Groundnut oil vs soybean oil. Which is better for health as well as for children's digestion?

BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
Soyabean oil...bt the best oil is olive oil if u can afford...this is very much beneficial fr u also...

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Health Benefits Of Soybean Oil

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Health Benefits Of Soybean Oil

Cholesterol control: As mentioned above, the good balance of fatty acids contained in soybean oil means that the body can get the important and necessary fatty acids in their diet, including those which regulate cholesterol levels. Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce dangerous cholesterol levels and counteract the negative types. Furthermore, the other fatty acids like stearic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acid are also found in balanced quantities. The fatty acid composition of soybean oil, as well as the powerful plant sterols, such as β-sitosterol can actually cause a reduction in cholesterol storage in the gut by 10-15% – not what you normally expect to hear from a “fatty” acid! Basically, soybean oil can seriously decrease you chance of atherosclerosis and other heart conditions, such as heart attacks and strokes.


Cognitive impact: Alzheimer’s disease is a terrible affliction that affects millions of people around the world. It results in the cognitive deterioration of a person’s brain as neural connection fail and die, thereby making everything from remembering the past to performing simple tasks a challenge. However, soybean oil has an impressively high level of vitamin k, which has been consistently connected with improving the symptoms of alzheimer’s, and even reversing the effects in some cases. The vitamin k acts as an antioxidant against free radicals, keeping them from damaging the neural cells.

Bone health: Another important function of vitamin k is its osteotrophic potential, which means that it can stimulate the regrowth or increased healing of bone. While this is often associated with calcium, vitamin k, of which soybeans has a lot, can also stimulate bone development in a very positive way, so make sure to switch to soybean oil if you want to prevent certain conditions like osteoporosis, which is often a natural result of the aging process.

Eye and skin health: Omega-3 fatty acids, which make up 7% of the total fatty acid content in soybean oil, are integral to protecting the cardiovascular system in the role of scraping our “bad” cholesterol, but it also protects cell membranes. This includes the very fragile and dangerous areas of the skin and eyes, both of which are common entrance points for bacteria and other foreign materials. These omega-3s also promote healthier vision by acting as antioxidants and neutralizing free radicals that can cause macular degeneration and cataracts.


Antioxidant potential: The high vitamin e content in soybean oil also acts as a powerful antioxidant while similarly protecting the skin from the damage of fre radicals. Vitamin e is directly associated with improving the appearance of blemishes, reducing acne scarring, protecting the skin against sunburn, and stimulating the regrowth of new skin cells to promote healing. Vitamin e is also associated with general antioxidant activity in the rest of the body, which boosts the immune system and helps to eliminate free radicals that cause certain conditions like cancer, premature aging, cognitive disorders and heart diseases.

A final word of caution: Remember, it may be a healthier form of vegetable oil, but it is still somewhat high in omega-6 fatty acids. Although this is “essential”, it is still a problem if it is not evenly balanced with more foods with omega-3 fatty acid content. There are still calories involved if you are worried about obesity. Furthermore, soybeans are closely related to peanuts, so with the increasing numbers of peanut allergies around the world, be careful about anyone with peanut allergies before cooking with soybean oil. Besides that, enjoy and happy cooking!

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Homeopathy And Dandruff

BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
Homeopathy And Dandruff

HOMOEOPATHY WORKS BEST FOR DANDRUFF 

DANDRUFF [DANDRUFF]


Dry white flakes of skin, on your scalp is known as dandruff.
• It is not a health risk, but is a source of embarrassment.
• Some people have the wrong notion that it is because of bad hygiene or washing the hair often - this is a false belief. It is just that people having dandruff shed more skin then others.
• However some dermatologists suggest that is caused by a yeast fungus that is believed to breed in a combination of sebaceous oil and dead skin cells.
 

CAUSES: • A family history of dandruff.
• Excessive sweating of the scalp.
• Excessive mental and physical stress.
• Use of alkaline soaps.
• Cold dry winter season.
Psoriasis of scalp.
• Seborrhoeic dermatitis.
• Improper carbohydrate and sugar consumption.
• Nutrient deficiencies – B-complex, essential fatty acids, selenium.
 

SIGN AND SYMPTOMS:

• Flakes of skin which may be small and white or large greasy and yellow.
• Itching on scalp, eyebrows, nose or ears.
• It can be worse in winters.
 

DIETARY MANAGEMENT: Avoid:
• Avoid fatty and oily food.
• Avoid dairy products (except yoghurt) – cheese, cottage cheese and seafood.
• Avoid sugar, white flour and chocolate
• Avoid excess alcohol.
• Avoid stress.
• Even though dandruff is dry flaking skin do not normally apply excessive oil as it may provide an environment for yeast to breed.


  DO:

• Add one tea spoon of vinegar to the rinsing water after washing your hair.
• Before washing your hair, apply a mixture of 8 table spoon of pure organic peanut oil and 2 table spoon lemon juice and massage into the scalp. Leave it for 10-15 minutes then shampoo.
• You can replace oil with coconut milk or coconut water; leave it over night and shampoo.
• Wash hair with natural, herbal ingredients rather than chemical – take mixture of amla (Indian goose berri) powder, aritha (sapindus Laurifotius) powder and shikakai (Acacia Concinna) powder, soak it in water over night and wash hair with the mixture.
• Practice yoga, helps in relieving stress and will increase blood circulation.
• Natural live yoghurt is recommended as a natural conditioner.
• Avoid harsh hair dyes and hair creams.
• Softly massage your scalp when you shampoo or oil. This will help blood circulation and prevent skin from drying and cracking.

  CONSUME:

• Drink plenty of water.
• Eat large percentage of your diet as raw fruits and vegetables.
• Consume (3-4) nuts and seeds daily.
• Consume linseed oil – 2 table spoon.
• Consumption of Aloe vera juice is also helpful.
• Consume Kelp and Japanese sea plants frequently as they supply many minerals like iodine which are better for hair growth and healing of the scalp.
• Increase intake of zinc in diet:
– Shellfish, beef and other red meats, eggs and seafood, milk and milk products, nuts, sea plants especially Japanese sea.
• Consume diet rich in antioxidants like Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
• Increase intake of foods that contain PUFA's (poly unsaturated fatty acids): flax / linseed oil is the richest source of PUFA's. Other oils that contain PUFA's are safflower oil, soybean oil, maize oil, sesame oil, olive oil. As all oils are high in fats, its consumption should be limited. The intake of oils should not exceed 20gms a day.
• Sesame oil and almond oil hinders the absorption of LDL (low-density lipoproteins), so it is advisable to use replace other cooking oils by sesame oil.
• Consume lots of Selenium:
– Fish, shellfish, eggs, red meat, chicken, liver, grains, Brazil nuts, garlic, wheat germ and brewer's yeast.
• Consume lots of Vitamin B complex:
– Liver, kidney, pancreas, yeast (Brewer's yeast), lean meat especially pork, fish, dairy products, poultry, egg, shrimps, crabs and lobsters,.
– Milk and milk products, green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grain cereals.
– Carrots, bananas, avocado, raspberries, artichoke, cauliflower, soy flour, barley, cereals, pasta, whole grains, wheat barn like rice and wheat germ, dried beans, peas and soybeans.

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Coronary Heart Disease And Sugar Or Carb Relation

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Diploma In Panchkarma
Ayurveda, Jhalawar
Coronary Heart Disease And Sugar Or Carb Relation

The primary cause of coronary heart disease (which causes a heart attack) is inflammation of the coronary arteries (the arteries which carry oxygenated blood to your heart). Before I move on to explain what is inflammation, let’s see what is atherosclerosis.

  • Atherosclerosis is an inflammatory response initiated by damage to the innermost layer (known as the endothelium) of the arteries, which faces the bloodstream.
  • Atherosclerosis is a disease which causes narrowing of the walls of the arteries which is characterized by plaque build up. This plaque build up inside the arteries results in blockage of the blood flow or sometimes formation of blood clots. This plaque blood clots can result in partial or complete blockage of blood flow. When all this happens inside the coronary arteries, it is called coronary heart disease which is the main danger as it can lead to a heart attack.
  • As we see here that the underlying cause of blockage is the plaque build up. Let us see how this plaque is built up:
  • Once damage occurs to the inner layer of the coronary artery, the body’s natural repair mechanism takes over. This mechanism begins with circulating levels of low- density lipoproteins (ldls) into the damaged area. Let me stress that this occurs whether a person has high or low ldl-cholesterol!
  • Once ldls move into the damaged area of the endothelium, there is an inflammation response initiated by the body (inflammation response is a protective response of the body). This attracts the immune cells to the damaged site. This, in turn, produces growth factors, which cause muscle cells to multiply and invade the damaged area of the blood vessel. Eventually, the conundrum of ldl, immune cells, muscle cells and debris from the initial damage form “plaque.”

So as we see above, the primary cause of plaque build up is inflammation of arteries, and this plaque formation can happen, whether a person has low or high ldl levels, we are getting closer to the point of understanding that it’s not the cholesterol, but inflammation that is the primary cause of the blockage, which causes heart attack.

Now the question is what causes inflammation in the body?

  • Inflammation is not just restricted to the arteries, but every cell of the body, and the prime cause of this is sugar is inflammatory. Imagine spilling sugar syrup on your keyboard and see what happens. Inside the body also, sugar does similar things. People with chronically high sugar levels (type-2 diabetics or even pre-diabetics) are suffering from inflammatory stress in the body. That is why injuries or wounds in diabetics take longer time to heal and surgeries become critical!
  • And when I talk about sugar here, it is not only the refined sugar in the diet but also the excess intake of all carbohydrates in the body, which leads to chronically elevated blood sugar and insulin levels in the body.
  • So a person (specially a sedentary person) having predominantly excess carbohydrates and sugar in the body, even if taking a diet low in fats, is still at a greater risk of heart disease even though his saturated fat intake is low. That is why a type-2 diabetic is at a greater risk of having a heart attack. This is due to inflammation of arteries. And since this inflammation is not only limited to arteries but every cell of the body, often these people suffer from lethargy and low and energy levels due to inflammation in the intestinal cells, which restricts proper absorption of vital nutrients like vitamins, minerals in the body and the hormones get affected leading to lethargy.
  • This inflammation or damage to arterial walls can be caused by a few other factors as well like:
  • High intake of omega-6 fats (like vegetable oils, soybean oil etc) high intake of alcohol, smoking, high free radical damageincreased cortisol (ie stress) lack of vitamin c and other anti-oxidants.

Blood tests

  • If you really want to know the true health status of your cardio-vascular system that a mere lipid profile will not give you the true picture. A couple of blood tests that need to be added are:
  • Hba1c (glycated hemoglobin): hba1c test is an indicator of how well the sugar levels are controlled in the body in the span of 3 months. The excess sugar molecules bind with hemoglobin and the resultant molecule is called glycated haemoglobin. The life span of this molecule is 3 months. The normal value of hba1c is 6. Anything more than that means the sugar levels are chronically elevated beyond normal in the last 3 months.
  • C-reactive protein: this test indicates the level of inflammation in the body. This substance is produced by the liver which increases in the presence of inflammation in the body.
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Mustard Vs Vegetable Oil - Which One Should You Really Use?

Diploma In Dietitian Health and Nutrition, Pursuing Diploma In Dietetics,Nutrition and Health Education
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolkata
Mustard Vs Vegetable Oil - Which One Should You Really Use?

Vegetable Oils are the oils that are obtained from various plants and their sources. They comprise of different types of oils which are procured from sources like seeds, herbs, nuts, legumes and fruits. Common examples of vegetable oils are olive oil, soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil and peanut oil.

Mustard oil is also, in fact, a vegetable oil as is extracted from the seeds of the mustard. Mustard oil is used a lot in traditional cooking. However, today, most people like to use new varieties of vegetable oils. But how healthy is this trend?

Mustard oil is a vegetable oil obtained from mustard seeds. It is dark yellow in colour and has a pungent odour. Its main benefits are

  1. Mustard oil contains good unsaturated fats. These fats don't get deposited in your blood vessels.
  2. It contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that reduce blood cholesterol levels.
  3. Mustard oil also contains ‘Glucosinolate’, a substance that has antimicrobial properties. Thus, the oil is effective against infections.
  4. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, mustard oil is very good for people with irritable bowel syndrome as it helps reduce inflammation along the lining of your stomach.

Vegetable oils

  1. In comparison to mustard, vegetable oils are tasteless and are known to adapt to the food’s natural taste, due to which consumers often pick them up over mustard.
  2. Almost all vegetable oils are cholesterol-free, but they do contain some saturated and unsaturated fats and saturated fats, as we know, do play a role in blood cholesterol level.
  3. Each one of the vegetable oil such as olive, sunflower and groundnut have some benefits and negatives. Let’s take a quick look at the oil profiles of these three common vegetable oils before you select the oil for cooking in your kitchen.

Oil profile

  1. Groundnut: It is high in MUFA or monounsaturated fats and PUFA or polyunsaturated fats, and both of these help in lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol. Groundnut is also a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant with anti-cancer properties and skin benefits.
  2. Sunflower: What’s perhaps the best thing about this oil is its light flavor that doesn’t overpower other ingredients. It also contains a protein that helps regulate blood glucose levels.
  3. Olive: It’s high in MUFA, so it’s linked to lower risk of heart disease and breast cancer. Extra virgin oil is rich in natural plant antioxidants and these can protect against damaging free radicals. The oil is reasonably high in saturated fats, so it should be used sparingly.

You can choose the oil for yourself keeping the above guidelines in mind, as no oil is best for all. You need to match the oil with your cooking style and health needs to get the best out of it. We recommend that you mix two oils and cook. This way you get the best of the best.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Foods That Lower Testosterone Levels!

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Foods That Lower Testosterone Levels!

Foods that lower testosterone

1. Alcohol: this has been linked to lowered testosterone levels. By discontinuing excessive alcohol consumption, you can expect to improve the sex life of both you and your partner. It is also advised to avoid mixed drinks, as they may contain excess amounts of sugar, leading to weight gain.

2. Ice cream: this tasty treat is packed with sugar and empty calories, making it a poor choice for the health conscious. Ice cream may also lead to increased fatigue and migraine onset when eaten in high quantity. A better-frozen alternative would be frozen or plain yogurt.

3. Pasta: is high in carbohydrates, making it also high in calories. While the body loves carbs and can actually burn them off faster, running a marathon soon after you eat a huge serving of this starchy food is highly unlikely. If you don’t burn off these extra calories, your body will store the extra energy as fat.

4. Snacks: praised for their convenience and delicious taste, snacks like chips, chocolate bars, and cookies are high in sugar and carbohydrates that can instantly raise blood sugar levels. It may take some effort and willpower, but replacing unhealthy snacks with raw vegetables, raw nuts, or even dark chocolate can help increase male libido and provide the body with the healthy fats that your body needs.

5. Breakfast biscuits and cookies: generally considered high in trans fats, as they tend to be highly processed. These types of foods affect hormones in the body, including testosterone. By changing your early morning eating habit to something less processed, you can keep your testosterone levels optimal.

6. Nachos and chicken wings: despite being a favorite “game day” food option, eating nachos can provide the body more carbs than it really needs, leading to excess weight gain. Also, eating deep fried wings can contribute to increased cholesterol levels, which can affect the heart over time.

7. Low-fat diet sugar: having the right about of fat in the diet is recommended for the release of testosterone as well as to increase sex drive. Studies have shown that low-fat diets contribute to lower testosterone levels, with men who better regulate their blood sugar levels having better sex. The reason for this is that too much sugar in the diet can lower testosterone levels. Many low-fat diets trade fat for carbohydrates, which gets converted into glucose in the body, much like sugar.

8. Flax: a widely known health food and a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. However, flax seeds do not contain enough to overcome the effect of low testosterone, as flax seeds themselves contain compounds called lignans that mimic estrogen in the body. Flax seeds are considered to have three times more estrogen-like hormones than soybeans do. If flax seeds are your source of omega 3’s and you are a male suffering from low testosterone, it may be time to get a separate omega 3 supplement.

9. Licorice: a herb that most people associate with the worst tasting candy, licorice can help reduce stress when consumed as a tea. But it also contains high amounts of estrogen-like compounds.

10. Beer: a different form of alcohol, beer is different as it contains many more calories and carbs and can be very bad for men. The hops used to make beer is estrogenic and contain 300, 000 ius of estrogen per 100g of hops.

11. Soy: high in a compound called isoflavones that are proven to be estrogenic, soy is one type of food men with low testosterone should avoid. Their estrogen-like effect has been considered so strong that eating large amounts is almost equivalent to taking birth control pills, in theory.

12. Spearmint: this refreshing herb is used in everything from tea to chewing gum. It is also an old remedy for women to get rid of facial hair due to the estrogenic compounds it provides. Eating natural spearmint should be avoided in men concerned about their t levels.

13. Legumes and beans: this category of food is known for its estrogenic activity. For example, the lima bean is filled with a compound called phytoestrogenic fiber inositol and lignans that have been proven to lower serum testosterone as well as inhibit dihydrotestosterone levels.

14. Whole grains: while considered good for the digestive system, grains have testosterone mechanisms. They contain gluten that can increase prolactin levels and reduce testosterone levels. Diet rich in dietary fiber can also lower testosterone. Additionally, most grains can suck out essential minerals from the body.

15. Soda: soft drinks have excessive quantities of sugar and are one of the major contributors to the obesity epidemic. Not only is the liquid itself bad for you, but the bottles they are packaged in may also harm your health, as they are often made with phthalates that have strong estrogen-like properties.

16. Fast food: most of these establishments use low-grade meats to sell to their customers. The meat sources may be fed low-quality food and injected with antibiotics and growth hormones throughout their lives. Fast food is also very greasy, with the majority of items being deep fried. Sunflower and soybean oil can significantly reduce the testosterone levels in males.

17. Cheese: while great on your pizza and nachos, this dairy product can potentially mess with the body’s natural production of the hormone, including estrogen and testosterone.

18. High-pufa vegetable oils: polyunsaturated fats found in these types of oils has been proven in studies to reduce testosterone levels and should be avoided.

19. High doses of dietary fiber: while many people will tell you that increasing your dietary intake of fiber is good for you, it may, in fact, affect testosterone levels. The problem arises when a male eats too much fiber, altering the metabolism of testosterone, decreasing its levels. It is not advised to restrict fiber altogether if low testosterone is a concern, but to eat a regular amount of fiber.

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Soybean Oil
Nutritional Value of Soybean Oil
Health Benefits of Soybean Oil
Helps to develop good body immune system
Helps in strengthening body tissues and organs
Helps to maintain brain function
Helps in maintaining eye health
Helps in keeping teeth strong and healthy
Helps in preventing anaemia
Helps to maintain heart’s health and performance
Helps in maintaining steady blood pressure
Helps to prevent osteoporosis
Helps in controlling transition of menopause
Helps in lowering the risks of breast and colon cancer
Helps in keeping the digestive system healthy
Uses of Soybean Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Soybean Oil
Cultivation of Soybean Oil