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According to a report in the Times of India, a comparative study of different edible oils has shown that mustard oil as a cooking medium can reduce the risk of heart diseases by over 70%. The study, conducted by experts from the AIIMS and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital compared the fat content in different cooking oils, including olive oil, canola oil, mustard oil and sunflower oil, and its findings were reported in the February 2012 issue of the Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
"A heart-friendly oil should be cholesterol- and trans-fat free, low in saturated fats and high in monounsaturated fat (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fat (PUFA), it should have an ideal N6 to N3 acids ratio and a high smoking point. Mustard oil meets all these criteria and that's why it is the best cooking oil," said Dr Manchanda, co-author of the article.
Clinical nutritionist Dr Ishi Khosla has this to say of mustard oil:
It is best when consumed in its raw form known as 'kachchi ghani'. Our forebears have used mustard oil for centuries. The refined oils and other exotic varieties have arrived recently. The need is to change dietary habits rather than oils."

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