Just the words snacks and the food is enough to give us that craving feel. We love oily and fatty foods irrespective of our age and gender. But right when you cross that 40 years mark, Doctors advice you to keep a safe distance from oily foods, this is when the real battle starts between your mind and health. Since oily foods are one of the most important reason for cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases and many other problems, we try to control our urge and desire to have them. Do we really need to avoid all kinds of oily foods? In this article, we will look into real problems caused by oily foods.

Oily and Fat Foods

How much of oily foods do we consume regularly on a daily basis? What oils do we use to prepare them? How long we store them? are important factors that determine the goodness of oily foods. We cannot just claim all oily foods are bad for health. But that doesn’t mean you can consume oily foods on a daily basis. Doing so will definitely be bad for your health.

Oil quantity

Normally a person can consume around 20 milligrams of oil. It is more or less equal to 4 teaspoons of oil. Kids and children can take around 4.5 tablespoons of oil. This is absolutely normal. Those who want to lose weight and those who have problems with cholesterol can consume 3 tablespoons of oil. Heart patients can get their doctor’s advice on this.

Our daily food should contain right levels of protein, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and fat. We can consume oily foods as a source of fat. But this needs to be in right quantity.

Oily foods and Diseases

People with stomach disorders and those with other diseases should consume oily foods in lesser quantity.

For example, if you take french fries. Potato is rich in carbohydrates. When you deep fry it in oil a considerable level of fat gets added to it. So it creates a balance in both carbohydrate and fat. When you consume it in right quantity it doesn’t harm your body.

Those who have the Gastrooesophagal reflux disorder, which creates an irritable feel in the chest and throat region when eating oil foods, should avoid consuming it.

Bad Cholesterol and Good Cholesterol

Our body should contain right levels of High-Density Lipoproteins (HDL) otherwise called as good cholesterol, low levels of Low-Density Lipoproteins, otherwise called as bad cholesterol. Similarly, we should have high levels of saturated fat content and low levels of unsaturated fat content. Good cholesterol is present in sunflower oil and fish liver oil. Our body needs all types of oil. When taken in right quantity coconut oil, groundnut oil, sesame seeds oil are all good for our health.

Reusing the oil

Reusing the oil and adulterated oils increases the level of trans fat. Trans fat will increase the levels of LDL. These oils can lead to heart diseases. Additionally heating oils at extreme temperatures can trigger the production of carcinogenic cells, it is better to avoid reheating the oil.