Healthy oils for healthier hearts in all
Council will help tackle killer element in cooking
A PROGRAM that encourages food businesses to use healthy oils for cooking will be rolled out to tackle one of our biggest killers – heart disease.
Blacktown City has taken a healthy turn by teaming with the Heart Foundation to roll out the Healthier Oil program.
It will work with local food outlets to encourage them to use healthier oils while cooking.
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in Australia with one person dying every 27 minutes from it.
Blacktown city has been identified as a medium risk community of heart disease with a prevalence rate 20 per cent above the national figure.
Blacktown Council is preparing to roll out the program with eateries at a date yet to be set.
A Blacktown Council report said: “We have the po- tential to improve the nutritional quality of the local food supply which will help our community to make healthier choices when eating out.”
The program aims to ensure restaurants are cooking in oil that has no more than 21.7 grams of saturated fat and no more than 1.1 grams of trans fat per 100 grams.
The Heart Foundation’s recommended oils include grape seed, sunflower, canola, olive, corn and soybean oil.
A pilot survey of 100 food businesses in Blacktown in 2016 revealed that 33 of the surveyed outlets were not using oil that met the foundation’s criteria.
Habit, routine and lack of nutritional education were noted as some of the main reasons outlets were using cooking oils high in unhealthy fat.
The most common types of deep frying oils used were canola, vegetable, cottonseed, blended vegetable and solid animal fat.
The council is working alongside the foundation to develop a way residents will be able to identify premises which are using healthier oils.
A star rating system was initially considered by the council but it did not want to implement a system that, if interpreted wrongly, could give encouragement to eating fried food.
Adding a healthier oils stamp on to the existing scores- on- doors certificate is being considered as opposed to developing a whole new rating system.
An oil crackdown is coming.