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Overview

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

Table of Content

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

I want increase my sex stamina, because I am feeling nervous, sex is important sex.

MBBS
General Physician, Cuttack
1.Take good nourishing diet, plenty of green leafy vegetables, cauli flower, spinach, bean, carrot, mushroom, onion, garlic, fruits like blue berry, banana, pomegranate, dry fruits like walnnut, almonds soybean oil, egg, fish sardines/salmon, darkchocolate, oats, cereals, 2.Drink plenty of water, pomegranate juice, green tea 2-3 cups /day without sugar/ milk (contains anti oxidant like flavonoid and helps in improving sperm quality, but in high doses may affect sperm quality) .3Go for regular exercise, reduce your weight if over weight 4.stop smoking, tobacco and alcohol consumption 5.Avoid stress, anxiety, physical and mental exertion. Take adequate rest 6. Do yoga, Meditation and deep breathing exercise to calm your mind, control your emotion and relieve stress 7. Check for blood testosterone and if it is less, you have to take testosterone supplement. 8.consult sexologist for further advice.

My sex drives are going low day by day. Please suggest me some pills to increase my sex feeling arousal. Please suggest me some pills to take which are easily available in indian medical stores. Please help.

MBBS
General Physician, Cuttack
1.Take good nourishing diet, plenty of green leafy vegetables, cauli flower, spinach, bean, carrot, mushroom, onion, garlic, fruits like blue berry, banana, pomegranate, dry fruits like walnnut, almonds soybean oil, egg, fish sardines/salmon, darkchocolate, oats, cereals, 2.Drink plenty of water, pomegranate juice, green tea 2-3 cups /day without sugar/ milk (contains anti oxidant like flavonoid and helps in improving sperm quality, but in high doses may affect sperm quality) .3Go for regular exercise, reduce your weight if over weight 4.stop smoking, tobacco and alcohol consumption 5.Avoid stress, anxiety, physical and mental exertion. Take adequate rest 6. Do yoga, Meditation and deep breathing exercise to calm your mind, control your emotion and relieve stress 7. Check for blood testosterone and if it is less, you have to take testosterone supplement. 8.consult sexologist for further advice.

Popular Health Tips

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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Gum Problems: How Omega-3 Can Overcome It?

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
Gum Problems: How Omega-3 Can Overcome It?

Omega-3 fatty acids are 'good' fats that reduce cholesterol levels and 'bad' saturated fats from your body. They belong to a family of unsaturated fatty acids and are necessary for the normal functioning of the body. The body cannot synthesize omega-3 fatty acids; hence, you can get it from sources such as salmon which provides omega-3 fatty acids known as ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) and vegetable oils such as soybean oil, rapeseed oil and flaxseed oil that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

How can they help in gum problems?

A study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, was based on a survey called the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researched and studied the effects of consumption of DHA on dental health. After studying data from over 9000 participants, researchers found that the people, who consumed the highest amount DHA amongst all, were 20% less prone to developing periodontitis.

Periodontitis is an inflammatory gum disease caused by bacteria that accumulate around the gums. It causes the gums to recede, leading to the development of gaps between the gums and teeth and loss of bones that provide support to the teeth. Periodontitis may even cause tooth loss.

The research showed that even consuming a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids offered protection against gum diseases. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties, which help relieve inflammation of gums that occurs in periodontitis. Researchers from Kentucky University found that omega-3 fatty acids have anti-bacterial properties, which prevent and cure gum diseases. Gum diseases have been related to other conditions such as heart disease, pneumonia and diabetes, hence keeping gum diseases at bay keeps other fatal diseases away as well. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dentist.

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All About Paleo Diet!

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
All About Paleo Diet!

The paleo diet includes whole, unprocessed foods that resemble what they look like in nature.

Our ancestors were genetically the same as modern humans. They thrived eating such foods and were free of diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Several studies suggest that this diet can lead to significant weight loss (without calorie counting).

A paleo diet meal plan-

The basics

  1. Eat: meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, healthy fats and oils.
  2. Avoid: processed foods, sugar, soft drinks, grains, most dairy products, legumes, artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils, margarine and trans fats.
  3. Avoid these foods


Avoid these foods and ingredients:

  1. Sugar and high fructose corn syrup: soft drinks, fruit juices, table sugar, candy, pastries, ice cream and many others.
  2. Grains: includes breads and pastas, wheat, spelt, rye, barley, etc.
  3. Legumes: beans, lentils and many more.
  4. Dairy: avoid most dairy, especially low-fat (some versions of paleo do include full-fat dairy like butter and cheese).
  5. Vegetable oils: soybean oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, grapeseed oil, safflower oil and others.
  6. Trans fats: found in margarine and various processed foods. Usually referred to as “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oils.
  7. Artificial sweeteners: aspartame, sucralose, cyclamates, saccharin, acesulfame potassium. Use natural sweeteners instead.
  8. Highly processed foods: everything labelled “diet” or “low-fat” or has many weird ingredients. Includes artificial meal replacements.


Foods to eat on the paleo diet-

Base your diet on these real, unprocessed paleo foods.

  1. Meats: beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, pork and others.
  2. Fish and seafood: salmon, trout, haddock, shrimp, shellfish, etc. Choose wild-caught if you can.
  3. Eggs: choose free-range, pastured or omega-3 enriched eggs.
  4. Vegetables: broccoli, kale, peppers, onions, carrots, tomatoes, etc.
  5. Fruits: apples, bananas, oranges, pears, avocados, strawberries, blueberries and more.
  6. Tubers: potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, turnips, etc.
  7. Nuts and seeds: almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and more.
  8. Healthy fats and oils: lard, tallow, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil and others.
  9. Salt and spices: sea salt, himalayan salt, garlic, turmeric, rosemary, etc.

Try to choose grass-fed, pasture raised and organic if you can afford it. If not, then just make sure to always go for the least processed option.

These are perfectly healthy in small amounts:

1. Wine: quality red wine is high in antioxidants and beneficial nutrients.
2. Dark chocolate: choose one that has 70% or higher cocoa content. Quality dark chocolate is very nutritious and extremely healthy.

What to drink when you’re thirsty -

Glass of water

  1. When it comes to hydration, water should be your go-to beverage.
  2. These aren’t exactly paleo, but most people drink them anyway:
  3. Tea is very healthy and loaded with antioxidants and various beneficial compounds. Green tea is best.
  4. Coffee is actually very high in antioxidants as well. 


A sample paleo menu for one week -

Monday

1. Breakfast: eggs and vegetables, fried in coconut oil. One piece of fruit.
2. Lunch: chicken salad, with olive oil. Handful of nuts.
3. Dinner: burgers (no bun), fried in butter, with vegetables and some salsa.

Tuesday

  1. Breakfast: bacon and eggs, with a piece of fruit.
  2. Lunch: leftover burgers from the night before.
  3. Dinner: salmon, fried in butter, with vegetables.

Wednesday

  1. Breakfast: meat with vegetables (leftovers from night before).
  2. Lunch: sandwich in a lettuce leaf, with meat and fresh vegetables.
  3. Dinner: ground beef stir fry, with vegetables. Some berries.

Thursday

  1. Breakfast: eggs and a fruit.
  2. Lunch: leftover stir fry from the night before. A handful of nuts.
  3. Dinner: fried pork, with vegetables.

Friday

  1. Breakfast: eggs and vegetables, fried in coconut oil.
  2. Lunch: chicken salad with olive oil. Handful of nuts.
  3. Dinner: steak with vegetables and sweet potatoes.

Saturday

  1. Breakfast: bacon and eggs, with a piece of fruit.
  2. Lunch: leftover steak and vegetables from the night before.
  3. Dinner: baked salmon with vegetables and avocado.

Sunday

  1. Breakfast: meat with vegetables (leftovers from night before).
  2. Lunch: sandwich in a lettuce leaf, with meat and fresh vegetables.
  3. Dinner: grilled chicken wings, with vegetables and salsa.
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Table of Content

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