Why did we start consuming Refined oils?
And why we should stop now!
Oil is an important ingredient in our food but why is refined oil widely consumed in comparison to other oils even though it is harmful to the health?
The answer is:-
Refined oil is priced lower in comparison to organic and cold-pressed oil
It is consistent in terms of colour and odour
It has a longer shelf life
High budget advertisement
Being aware of the negative impact of refined oil on body, the question is – Why did the production of refined oils start when there other alternative oils like naturally extracted oils?
In the initial times of oil production, extraction was done by the natural method of cold pressing however there were many seeds such as soya bean, corn, sunflower, canola etc whose oil cannot be extracted using the technique of cold pressing. As these oils were in increasing demand, machinery was set up to chemically extract oil from the seeds. Since this process required less time and could be mass-produced, the technique soon spread to the production of oil from other seeds such as groundnut, sesame which were earlier cold-pressed. This resulted in higher quantity rather than quality.
However, any consumer one would prefer quality based food which is why this introspection is a must. Just think of the price of 1-litre peanut oil and the price of its core ingredient 1 kg peanuts. This is because refined oil has low-quality constituents whose contamination cannot be checked with naked eyes resulting in cheaper prices on the cost of affecting your health. On the contrary, the cold-pressed method quality can be verified easily.
You would be astonished to know one of the adulterants which are mainly used is palm oil. Palm oil constitutes 40-50% of refined oil and palm oil has a very high content of saturated fats which are extremely harmful to our health. We are consuming it every day and night without being aware of it. Oils which are easily available at a cheap rate such as palm oil, cottonseed oil etc. are mixed with other oils for increasing the production by very low investment, leading to higher profit for the manufacturers and loss of your health.
This oil contamination practice is commonly known as oil blending which is happening across the industry. It is highly commercialized and even the regulating bodies such as FSSAI do not curb this practice. This commercial pattern has dominated the market despite the hazardous effects it has on the health.
Therefore to secure our health we need to make a quality-based selection rather than quantity based.
Hence we can't be sure about all wells that end well but if your oil is well then your health will definitely be well.