Some facts about Mustard oil

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Some facts about Mustard oil

Post by anandsr21 » Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:47 am

I read the composition of Mustard oil it seems to me to be very good.

Saturated fat - 12%
Monosaturated - 60%
Omega - 6 (linoleic) - 15%
Omega - 3 (alpha linolenic) - 6%

It seems to be the only oil which can be bought in large quantities with 1:2.5 omega 6 to omega 3 ratio.

In North India Mustard oil along with Clarified butter (Ghee) was the major component of fat in our diet (before the advent of processed crap vegetable oils). Our diet being Vegetarian in nature there is no grass fed beef (actually for hindus eating beef is sacrilege, like eating your own mother) or Fish as an Omega 3 source.

It seems the Mustard oil might be the reason we have survived so long without much Meat. It might have been mainly responsible for providing the essential fatty acids in our diet.

It also has a lot of Anti bacterial and Anti Fungal agents which are necessary for our survival in the hot regions. In our area Mustard oil and Turmeric are used a lot for this purpose. It is used a lot for pickling.

It also has a very pungent taste which makes it difficult for other people to use it.

What do you people think about it?

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Post by TimD » Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:39 am

To be honest, I'd never heard of mustard seed oil (have heard of and used ghee though). Just for the description of the taste alone, it looks well worth trying, and it's got to be better than all the over processed oils w/transfatty's added for shelf life that we have here in the US, Also, everything else aside, just because of where it's primarily used (North India) would tend to give it using it credence. That part of the world has been host to some of the oldest civilizations/cultures. Just the fact that it has gained merit and stayed around over the years would make me think there are many positives to it.

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Post by Jebus » Sun May 03, 2009 9:28 pm

have you ever herd of ayurveda?

i saw a documentary on it a long time ago and a guy ate "medicated mercury." lol

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