Your favourite native dish is being prepared. Now, watch as the intricate process unfolds before your eyes in slow motion.
Do you see the cooking oil hitting the saucepan in all its golden glory? The soft sizzle of the greasy liquid touching the hot metal warms your heart so much so that you are certain: it’s going to be another heavenly meal.
But right as the condiments start diving one after another into the pan, something strange happens. The combination of a heart-thumping sensation and shortness of breath that sends every thought of hunger flying out the door.
This is a moment Bayo Thompson, lead engineer at a major tech start-up in Lagos, never anticipated. Seated at his workstation, he was only a few seconds into daydreaming about the birthday feast his wife promised to prepare when his chest started throbbing. He was no stranger to panic attacks – like the one he had only a few months earlier when he accidentally disabled the company’s firewall. But this time, the situation was much worse.
Mr and Mrs Thompson’s visit to the family doctor the next morning brought with it some scary news – his cholesterol levels had gone through the roof! The physician asked what kind of cooking oil they use in preparing their meals and Bayo’s wife told her she uses a popular and powerful vegetable oil (aka Palm Olein) brand famed for its selling point that assures of ultimate protection of heart health. It is noteworthy that some brands with unhealthy saturated fat levels deceptively understate it on their product labelling in a brazen attempt that undermines the health of millions of Nigerians. The irony in it is that Nigerians who think they are paying more for healthier oils might end up with unhealthy oils.
The doctor took her time to educate the couple, that even though all edible oils get lumped together as purveyors of cardiovascular diseases, the real culprit is saturated fatty acids (or “bad” fats), which have been proved to be responsible for weight gain, clogged arteries, high cholesterol and increased risk of heart disease.
Therefore, it is important to use only cooking oils with the lowest possible saturated fat content. Palm Olein has over 50% unhealthy saturated fat and under 50% of the “good” unsaturated fats (Monounsaturated & Polyunsaturated fat). Meanwhile, Soya Bean Oil contains 15% saturated fats and 65% healthy unsaturated fats. The difference in saturated fat (Bad Fat) proportions speaks for itself.
Eugene Nwosu, a consultant cardiologist at United Heart Hospital Victoria Island, Lagos, said that high blood pressure is a top trigger of heart attack and stroke, and many move about without a clue that they live with the silent killer. On top of that woe, many Nigerians have unfettered availability of unhealthy oils in their food supply.
“The culprit is mainly oils that are rich in saturated fat. They should be minimized. People need to understand how to properly read labelling when shopping. The type of oil you eat can affect your cholesterol level, which increases build-up of clogs in the blood vessels. The oil that is good for cooking is the oil that is high in both polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat,” Eugene stated.
Soya bean oil mostly consists of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are a heart-healthy type of fat that is associated with several benefits. Trading high saturated fats for higher polyunsaturated fats may also reduce levels of Low-Density Lipoprotein (bad) cholesterol, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.
Simply put, choosing soya bean oil over palm olein products is choosing a stronger, healthier heart. As you make the switch from Palm Olein to Soya Oil, trust Golden Terra Soya Oil to help you maintain heart health. If the saying is true that out of the heart flows the wellspring of life, then it is essential for you and your family to feed your hearts with only what will keep them beating safe, sound and strong.
Golden Terra Soya Oil is the leading soya bean oil in the Nigerian market with its increasing presence across the country. It is 100% pure Soya Bean Oil, totally sourced and manufactured in Nigeria, available in sachet, 5liters, 10liters and 25liters. It should be adopted by every Nigerian for a healthy heart.