• Deanne Pandey

Does your cooking oil contribute to your life expectancy?

We have always read about the fitness and dietary changes that add to your longevity and help you live longer. When it comes to longevity, what’s a better reference than the blue zone lifestyle? It refers to geographic areas in which people have low rates of chronic disease and live longer than anywhere else. Blue Zones are areas of the world in which people live exceptionally long lives. Studies have found that genetics only play a 20–30% role in longevity. People in Blue Zones typically eat a 95% plant-based diet that’s rich in legumes, whole grains, vegetables and nuts, all of which can help reduce the risk of death. Caloric restriction and periodic fasting are common in Blue Zones. Both these practices can significantly reduce risk factors for certain diseases and prolong healthy life. People in some Blue Zones drink one to two glasses of red wine per day, which may help prevent heart disease and reduce the risk of death. Clearly diet is an essential part of the blue zone lifestyle. This also includes the oil that goes into making the food suitable to this diet. While certain oils provide a health boost, others should be used with caution. Here's what you need to know.

Despite what you may have heard, fat isn’t a dirty word. Among its functions are aiding cell growth, protecting your organs, and playing a role in nutrient absorption. Our bodies need fats in order to absorb certain fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E, and K, along with beta-carotene. Fat also contributes to satiety, or a sense of fullness, after a meal. Fat is an essential nutrient, and liquid fats like oils are an excellent source. According to the blue zone lifestyle, olive oil and avocado oil. Olive oil is a basic ingredient of the famously heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, and it is perfect for drizzling on salads, pasta, and bread. Olive oil, and especially extra-virgin olive oil is filled with great benefits. Virgin olive oils are those in which the oil has been extracted without using chemicals, and extra virgin is the highest grade, contains more than 30 different phenolic compounds, a group of phytochemicals that include many with anti-inflammatory and blood vessel-expanding actions. Next cooking oil advised for longevity is avocado oil. If you love avocado, why not give avocado oil a try? Avocados and avocado oil are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats. Avocado oil has excellent nutritional value at low and high temperatures. Avocado oil has a higher smoke point than olive oil, so it is better for higher-heat cooking. It can be used for stir-frying, sautéing, or searing. In fact avocado oil’s neutral flavour makes it a good option for use in baking. These two oils are the best oils one should use in cooking as it increases life expectancy by a great deal!

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