The Fat of the Land

Consumer Voice - - Ghee/Comparative test -

Choles­terol Ghee is not rec­om­mended for in­di­vid­u­als al­ready suf­fer­ing from high choles­terol. • Nes­tle was found to have the high­est amount of choles­terol (267.8 mg/100 gm); it was low­est in Anik (251.0 mg/100 gm). Sat­u­rated Fat Sat­u­rated fats are de­rived from an­i­mal fat as well as veg­etable fat. Sat­u­rated fats di­rectly raise to­tal and LDL (bad) choles­terol lev­els. It is ex­pected to be less in ghee. • Sat­u­rated fat was found high­est in Patan­jali (72.93 gm/100 gm) and low­est in Milk­food (65.68 gm/100 gm). Trans Fatty Acids Trans fatty acids also raise the level of ‘bad’ choles­terol in our blood. High­est amount of trans fat was found in Mad­husu­dan (3.37 gm/100 gm); it was low­est in Ananda (0.50 gm/100 gm). PUFA Polyun­sat­u­rated fatty acids, or PUFAs, are found in plant and an­i­mal foods such as salmon, veg­etable oils and some nuts and seeds. Eat­ing mod­er­ate amounts of polyun­sat­u­rated (and mo­noun­sat­u­rated) fat in place of sat­u­rated and trans fats can ben­e­fit your health. Polyun­sat­u­rated fats can help lower your LDL (bad) choles­terol. • PUFA was found high­est in Nav­danya (4.95 gm/100 gm) and low­est in Mother Dairy cow ghee (2.07 gm/100 gm). MUFA Both mo­noun­sat­u­rated fatty acids, or MUFAs, and PUFAs are re­ferred to as the healthy fats. MUFAs are as­so­ci­ated with low­er­ing the level of bad choles­terol (LDL) and to­tal choles­terol while also in­creas­ing the pro­duc­tion of the good choles­terol (HDL). These fats can be found in veg­etable oils like canola, peanut and olive oil, as well as in nuts. • MUFA was found high­est in Goward­han (28.08 gm/100 gm) and Mother Dairy cow ghee (27.28 gm/100 gm), and low­est in Patan­jali (22.3 gm/100 gm).

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