In the midst of the pandemic, eating a healthy diet can help boost your immunity and protect you against various illnesses.

However, incorporating healthy foods into your diet can be difficult for several reasons. For example, snacks have increased dramatically during the current lockdown, not only during evening chai breaks, but also between meals to get through the day. Given the lack of time, we end up looking for options that require less effort. While we all know we need to make conscious choices these days, juggling home work and family chores makes it difficult to prioritize health.

Making small changes in the daily kitchen can go a long way in making your diet healthy, without adding extra burden on you. An easy step is to use the right cooking oil. You may ask, why cooking oil?

If you think about it, cooking oil is one of the ingredients we probably use when cooking almost any meal, and of all the options it has the most calories per gram. This is because using the right cooking oil can make every meal a bit healthier. Now when we think of cooking oil the first thing that comes to our mind is to reduce the use of oil, however, that might not be enough.

Nutritionist Nmami Agarwal breaks it down.

Cooking oils are fats and, like proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins, are very important macronutrients. Cooking oil generally consists of 3 types of fatty acids: monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and saturated fatty acids (SFA). According to guidelines from the National Institute of Nutrition, healthy oils should have a good balance of the three fatty acids. Most of the single grain cooking oils available in India that we normally use are unfortunately high in MUFAs or PUFAs.

This is the reason why doctors and nutritionists ask you to keep changing your oil. But unfortunately, simply switching between different oils without understanding the fatty acid levels of each oil won’t help you get the benefits you’re looking for.

A great way to easily get the right balance of MUFAs and PUFAs is to use mixed oils. Blending is a scientific process that cannot be done at home by simply blending oils; the oils are carefully chosen in proportions that are scientifically tested so that we get the benefits of the individual oils as well as the right fatty acid profile. These oils offer many health benefits.

The blended oils combine the benefits of two oils, to provide a synergistic effect, which helps build immunity. It is also great for the health of your heart, as it helps lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL). They also have a high smoke point, which makes them ideal for all types of cooking (frying, stir-frying, etc.). Some of them also feature LoSorb technology which helps food absorb less oil, making it light on the stomach. There are many blended oil options available in the market like saffola that help with heart health and overall health.