FAQ - Vijay Solvex Limited - Rajasthan - India
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Which oil is best for health?
2. What is the importance of fat in the diet?
3. What is hydrogenation and why is it used by food industry?
4. Comparison of Fatty acids in different edible oils.
5. What is cholesterol? Does edible oil contain cholesterol?
6. Tips to stay healthy

Q1. Which oil is best for health?
Every oil is different in properties and is used for their different taste. Refined oils are light in nature whereas Mustard oil is pungent and healthy in nature. According to recent study by Harvard School of medicine, AIIMS, Delhi and St. John Hospital, Bangalore found that chances of heart disease drop by nearly 70% on use of Mustard oil as a cooking medium. Three decades back, oil was not refined and generally mustard oil was consumed by most households. That time heart diseases were less compared to every growing heart ailments now. Mustard oil is regarded as one of the healthiest cooking oils. For more information please click here.

Q2. What is the importance of fat in the diet?
Fats and oils provide essential nutrients in human diet. They provide the most concentrated source of energy of any foodstuff, supply essential fatty acids, contribute greatly to the feeling of satiety after eating, are carriers for fat soluble vitamins, and serve to make foods more palatable. The principal sources of fat in the diet are meats, dairy products, poultry, fish, nuts, and vegetable fats and oils. Most vegetables and fruits consumed as such contain only small amounts of fat.

Q3. What is hydrogenation and why is it used by food industry?
Hydrogenation is the process by which hydrogen is added directly to points of unsaturation in the fatty acids. Hydrogenation of fats has developed as a result of the need to (1) convert liquid oils to the semi-solid form for greater utility in certain food uses and (2) increase the oxidative and thermal stability of the fat or oil. Hydrogenation is an extremely important process as far as our food supply is concerned, because this processing imparts the desired stability and other properties to many edible oil products. Vanaspati Ghee is made by hydrogenating edible oil

Q4. Comparison of Fatty acids in different edible oils.
Table below shows Mustard oil as a clear winner amongst edible oils
Comparison of Fatty Acid available in different Edible Oils
Saturated Fatty Acid (SFA) Mono-unsaturated Fatty Acid (MUFA) Linoleic Fatty Acid (PUFA), Omega 3 Alpha-Linolenic Fatty Acid (PUFA),
Omega 6
Ratio of N3/N6 Predominant Fatty Acid
Mustard 8 70 12 10 6:5 MUFA
Soyabean 15 27 53 5 10.6:1 PUFA
Palm Oil 45 44 10 <0.5 20:1 SFA+MUFA
Red Palm 50 40 9 <0.5 18:1 SFA+MUFA
Groundnut 24 50 25 <0.5 50:1 MUFA
Sunflower 13 27 60 <0.5 120:1 PUFA
Rice Bran 22 41 35 1.5 23:1 MUFA+PUFA
World Health Organization (W..H.O.) recommends N3/N6 ratio of 4:5 which is almost closer to mustard oil."

"For a desired cooking oil, SFA should be lower in content and MUFA and PUFA should be higher in content. Analysis on above data clearly suggests Mustard oil as the most balanced edible oil for good health"

Q5. What is cholesterol? Does edible oil contain cholesterol?
Lipids are fats that are found throughout the body. Cholesterol, a type of lipid, is found in foods from animal sources. This means that eggs, meats, and whole-fat dairy products (including milk, cheese, and ice cream) are loaded with cholesterol - and vegetables, fruits, edible oil and grains contain none. The two most important types of cholesterol are high-density lipoproteins (or HDL or good cholesterol) and low-density lipoproteins (or LDL or bad cholesterol). Edible oil does not contain any cholesterol.

Q6. Tips to stay healthy

a. Prefer using mustard oil as a cooking medium
b. Eat a variety of nutrient rich foods
c. Enjoy plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables
d. Daily exercise is must for good health.
e. Daily Yoga and meditation will improve your concentration levels.

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