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Yes you read the title right, that sacred oil of yours is one of the best oils for cooking.
The type of oil used to cook plays a vital role in not just making the food taste great but also in determining how healthy the meal would be.
Anointing oil is made from olive which alongside canola, corn, peanut, and sunflower oils contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that help to lower “bad” cholesterol and raise “good” cholesterol.
Olive oil is a good source of vitamin E and antioxidants called polyphenols, it has a rich flavor, versatile, and heart-healthy. Research shows eating 1 1/2 tablespoons (20 grams) of olive oil each day may reduce the risk of coronary heart diseases
Now it is important to note that volume is also everything, Yes it is an healthier option but this doesn’t mean putting a lot of oils to make your pot of soup because it still contains fat.
Olive oil calories come from fat. The dietary guidelines for recommends that 20 to 35 percent of your total calories should come from fat so if you eat 2,000 calories a day that would be about 40 to 70 grams per day. Since one tablespoon of olive oil provides 13.5 grams of total fat, consuming four tablespoons a day would rack up 54 grams, which accounts for a large portion of your daily requirement, even if you cut out all other sources of fat in your diet.
So you see, that plantain and egg does not need all that oil to fry, that soup doesn’t need that extra dash you feel like adding. You need to be intentional with what you put into you. Your heart needs to stay healthy to protect you from common problems like high blood pressure, angina, stroke and many others.
Choose healthy oils when cooking.
ABOUT THE WRITER
She is the Executive Director of the Yemi Adeyemi Foundation which centres on Sexual and Reproductive health, the foundation runs the Brave Girls and Boys Club which delivers comprehensive sex
education to young boys and girls. In April 2019 she ran a workshop TAASA (Taking Action Against Sexual Assault)
She has spoken on various platforms including TVC’s My View, Tedx Funaab, University of South Wales Student union conference.