Saturday, August 29, 2015

Health benefits of corn oil

If you’re looking for a less expensive type of vegetable oil that can lower blood pressure and cholesterol and is good for the heart, you can’t go wrong with Baguio Corn Oil. 

Since July 1999, this popular variant has literally captured the hearts of Filipinos because of its high quality and heart-healthy ingredients. Made by the International Oil Factory, the first local cooking oil factory in the country, Baguio Corn Oil is the name people trust because they know they are getting the best.    

Corn or maize oil comes from the germ of corn after it is squeezed. This is the reproductive part of the seed that grows into a new plant. We normally use this type of oil for cooking because it costs less than other types of vegetable oils and is great for frying.

Corn oil is also used to make margarine and is found in soaps, medicines, and cosmetics.  Some paints, aswell as inks, textiles, and insecticides, contain corn oil and the latter is needed for rustproofing. 

In terms of health benefits, studies show that corn oil can lower blood cholesterol levels. The reason: it has high levels of polyunsaturated fats that researchers said may reduce the risk of heart disease.  

Unlike saturated fats that raise blood cholesterol levels, the polyunsaturated or healthy fats in corn oil do the opposite. They reduce cholesterol, making it great for your heart. Corn oil also has monounsaturated fats but researchers said they do nothing at all. They neither lower nor raise blood cholesterol levels. Broken down to its fat content, corn oil has about 60 percent polyunsaturated, 25 to 30 percent monounsaturated, and 10 to 15 percent saturated fats. This means it is a good choice for cholesterol-conscious individuals.

Other important components of corn oil that fight cholesterol are phytosterols, the steroid compounds in plants. They prevent cholesterol from being absorbed in the intestines. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that among refined vegetable oils, corn oil has the highest phytosterol content at 968 milligrams per 100 grams of oil. 

Another good reason to celebrate is that the polyunsaturated fatty acids of corn oil help lower blood pressure. This is good news for people with hypertension or high blood pressure. Numerous studies have shown that corn oil can reduce blood pressure by about 12% in men and 5% in women with mild hypertension. However, this effect has not been observed in people with normal blood pressure. 

If you’re looking for a way to age gracefully, you’re probably better off with Baguio Corn Oil. Being an excellent source of tocopherols, corn oil is a good antioxidant and has vitamin E to fight free radicals that contribute to aging and trigger disease. The four major tocopherols corn oil has are alpha-tocopherol, beta-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, and delta-tocopherol. Of the four, researchers said delta-tocopherol has the greatest antioxidant effect while alpha-tocopherol has the highest vitamin E activity.

Lastly, corn oil is packed with linoleic acid that the body needs for growth, healthy skin and hair. This essential fatty acid can’t be made by the body and must come from the diet. Thus, it’s important to stick to a healthy diet and use Baguio Corn Oil in cooking if you want to protect your heart.

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