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Benefits of Vegetable Oil And Its Side Effects

Vegetable Oil Nutritional Value Health Benefits Uses Side-Effects Cultivation

Vegetable oils provide a plethora of health benefits such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, better metabolism and digestion, lowers chances of breast cancer, and provides omega-3 fatty acids to the body.

Vegetable Oil

A vegetable oil is a triglyceride extracted from a plant. The term 'vegetable oil' can be narrowly defined for referring only to plant oils that are liquid at room temperature, or broadly defined without regard to a substance's state of matter at a given temperature.

For this reason, vegetable oils that are solid at room temperature are sometimes called vegetable fats. In contrast to these triglycerides are vegetable waxes that lack glycerine in their structure. Although many plant parts may yield oil, in commercial practice, oil is extracted primarily from seeds.

Nutritional Value of Vegetable Oil

Various oils have different nutritional components that help us but there are common elements such as vitamin E (Tocopherol), omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat and saturated fats. It contains 100% fats and lacks other important components like carbohydrates, calcium, iron, magnesium etc.

Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams

884 Calories
100 g Total Fat

Health Benefits of Vegetable Oil

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Vegetable Oil

Decrease in Risk for Heart Disease

Vegetable oil may decrease the risk for developing heart diseases, according to a study conducted in State University of New York, Buffalo, and published by “The Journal of the American Medical Association” in February 1990.

The researchers of this study also observed that the factors associated with the development of cardiovascular diseases, such as increased blood sugar level, increased blood pressure and increased serum cholesterol level, normalized in participants who included vegetable oils in their regular diet.

Decrease in Risk for Breast Cancer

According to a study conducted in Universita di Milano, Italy, and published in the November 1995 issue of the “Cancer Causes and Control” suggests that the regular use of olive oil and other vegetable oils may be beneficial in decreasing the risk for the development of breast cancer rather than those who consume butter and margarine.

Helps to boost the immune system

Vegetables oils like coconut oil contains lauric acid (monolaurin), which is known to reduce candida, fight bacteria and create a hostile environment for viruses.

Helps in improving metabolism

According to a study conducted in São Paulo State University, Brazil, and published in the October 2010 issue of the “Nutrition Journal” the intake of vegetable oil, particularly olive oil, may increase metabolism in obese people as olive oil contains phenolic compounds, substances that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-blood clotting properties, which may possibly increase the body's metabolic rate.

Helps to promote cell growth

Oils like safflower, cottonseed, sunflower, almond and wheat germ are all rich in vitamin E which is required in the body for cell protection and development. It protects body tissues such as skin, eyes, breasts, testes, and liver.

Promotes Growth

Alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acids, are found in soybean, canola and flaxseed oil, an anti-inflammatory which is why they are highly recommended for people suffering from chronic heart, skin and digestive concerns.

Lowers anxiety and depression

Tyrosine, in sesame oil, has been directly connected to serotonin activity and release in the brain, which can help boost mood by flooding the body with enzymes and hormones that make a person feel happy.

Helps in curing Acute pancreatitis

Olive oil is rich in oleic acid and hydroxytyrosol, which affect the development of acute pancreatitis (sudden inflammation of the pancreas). Researchers have found that the components of extra virgin olive oil can protect from acute pancreatitis.

Olive Oil has Anti-Bacterial Properties

Olive oil contains many nutrients that can inhibit or kill harmful bacteria. Studies have shown extra virgin olive oil to be effective against eight strains of bacteria, three of which are resistant to antibiotics.

Prevents Osteoporosis

Coconut oil has high levels of antioxidants that help to fight free radical which is a leading natural treatment for osteoporosis. Research on osteoporosis has found that coconut oil not only increases bone volume and structure in subjects, but also decreased bone loss due to osteoporosis.

Improves digestion and reduces stomach ulcers and ulcerative colitis

Coconut also improves digestion as it helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium and magnesium and thus helps to treat or prevent stomach ulcers and ulcerative colitis. Coconut oil can help improve bacteria and gut health by destroying bad bacteria and candida.

Antioxidant property

Some oils like Peanut oil, Almond oil and Wheat Germ oil are rich in vitamin E which benefits our body, by improving the immune system. It acts as an anti-oxidant and protects the different body tissues such as skin and eyes, prevents heart diseases. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant controls free radicals, helps prevent blood clots and blockages in coronary arteries, thus helping in preventing cardiovascular ailments.

Uses of Vegetable Oil

Vegetable oil is used for cooking and baking pastries and breads frying. They are used as an ingredient or component for soaps, skin products, candles, perfumes and other personal care and cosmetic products. Some oils are particularly suitable as drying oils, and are used in making paints and other wood treatment products. They are also used to make biodiesel, which can be used like conventional diesel.

Allergies and Side-Effects of Vegetable Oil

Vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are harmful in excess (except olive oil or coconut oil). Polyunsaturated fats tend to react with oxygen, which can cause chain reactions, damaging other structures and perhaps even vital structures like DNA.

Sometimes these fatty acids tend to sit in the cell membranes, increasing harmful oxidative chain reactions. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are used to make substances called eicosanoids in the body are unsaturated fats which are highly toxic and are associated with an increased risk of various diseases, like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.

However, a little known fact is that vegetable oils often contain massive amounts of trans fats. In one study, increased Omega-6 in breast milk was associated with asthma and eczema in young children.

Cultivation of Vegetable Oil

All these vegetable oils are widely used today as a cooking oil or for others purposes. Poppy seed, rapeseed, soybean, linseed, almond, sesame seed, safflower, and cotton seed were used since the bronze age throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am ravi prakash (67) from lucknow. Previously I was living in lakhimpur kheri. I want to know that if I use such ghee/oil, in which palmoline oil is 80% and cotton seed oil is 20 (both refined process) then it will not harmful for health.

M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG, CCCS ( CARDIOLOGY & STROKE), CCIGC ( GERIATRIC CARE )
General Physician, Sri Ganganagar
Palmolein is a vegetable oil obtained from 50 % palmitic acid, 40 % oleic acid and 10 % linoleic acid cotton seed oil commonly used vegetable oil that is derived from seeds cotton plants. For more please contact dietecian for best opinion.

Both my shoulders are freeze a bit, starts paining when in movement. Kindly suggest.

Homeopathy Doctor, Noida
Are you diabetic or having cervical spondylosis. If so is it under control. If you don’t know then get blood sugar fasting n x-ray of cervical spine (both ap n lateral) done from some lab. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, try these exercis...

Hello doctor i'm 27 years old women, since last 2 days I have severe toothache, left side tooth is painful, its rotten. How can I fix it, can you tell me some medicine for any relief.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MS Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Doctor, Haldwani
If your teeth is badly decayed ,make an appointment of dentist. Apart from them you can use oil pulling for pain management and delayed decaying of teeth. Method, use 1 tea spoon of triphala and boil with 1 glass of water until water burn to half ...

I am krishna m 31, my ldl is 122 and it is same for 4 months .on nov 2020 ldl was 122 and on march 1st the ldl is same 122. I feel suffocated, and digestive issue,

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Follow this 1. Don't take tea empty stomach. Eat something like a banana (if you are not diabetic) or any seasonal fruit or soaked almonds and a glass of water first thing in the morning (within 10 mins of waking up). No only biscuits or rusk will...
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I did ultrasound, its saying mildly raised echogenicity with early fatty changes in liver what does this mean?

MD Homoeopathy, B.H.M.S
Homeopathy Doctor, Ahmedabad
Its means you have fatty liver, which is very common nowadays due to sedentary lifestyle and bad eating habits. Just reduce your salt, sugar, rice and refined wheat intake. Daily workout of minimum 1 hr is must. Stay healthy.
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