Ground­nut Oils

Which among these 10 brands should you choose?

Consumer Voice - - Contents -

Which among these 10 brands should you choose?

Ground­nut oil is de­rived from, well, ground­nuts and is an im­por­tant source of en­ergy in our diet, meet­ing spe­cific nu­tri­tional re­quire­ments. It works well with a wide va­ri­ety of foods, which is a good thing be­cause it con­tains heart-friendly MUFA (mo­noun­sat­u­rated fatty acids) – the thing that low­ers the level of bad choles­terol in our body with­out low­er­ing the lev­els of good choles­terol. Throw in some omega-6 fatty acids and you have quite the ideal cook­ing oil. Ground­nut oil is also low in sat­u­rated fats and high in un­sat­u­rated fats. Its high smok­ing point means the oil holds on to its nu­tri­tional con­tent at higher tem­per­a­tures. One gets the pic­ture. The ques­tion is: how do the var­i­ous brands fare against one an­other on the pa­ram­e­ters that mat­ter? Health claims made by brands and com­mu­ni­cated via mul­ti­ple me­dia of­ten leave the con­sumer con­fused about the best/bet­ter buy— and those who are not con­fused will pick any that is avail­able in the mar­ket. So, are all brands made equal then? In other words, are they all as good as an­other and do they meet the ba­sic re­quire­ments? Do you know that mois­ture in your ground­nut oil must not cross a spec­i­fied limit? Or that the io­dine value is a mea­sure of the un­sat­u­rated fats in the oil? How many of us known that the oil must not have any traces of arge­mone oil or min­eral oil? Or that the lower the acid value, the bet­ter the qual­ity? The fol­low­ing re­port will tell us more than a cou­ple of things about how to choose our ground­nut oil.

As per our stan­dard pro­ce­dure, we picked up sam­ples of 10 pop­u­lar brands of ground­nut oil and sub­jected these to test­ing on pa­ram­e­ters im­por­tant to judge the qual­ity of the prod­uct. The key pa­ram­e­ters in­cluded mois­ture and in­sol­u­ble prop­er­ties, pres­ence of other oils/fats, ran­cid­ity, an­tiox­i­dants, adul­ter­ation with arge­mone oil and min­eral oil, io­dine value, acid value and flash point.

Five brands claimed to be fil­tered oil/ex­tra vir­gin – it may be noted that the na­tional stan­dard has not spec­i­fied a ‘fil­tered oil’ cat­e­gory. Rest were all re­fined oils.

The tests were con­ducted at an NABL-ac­cred­ited lab­o­ra­tory and as per re­quire­ments spec­i­fied in In­dian Stan­dard IS: 544:2014 and Food Safety and Stan­dards (FSS) Reg­u­la­tions, 2011.

Going by the test re­sults, all sam­ples con­form to qual­ity re­quire­ments and can be con­sid­ered to be safe for hu­man con­sump­tion. While there were some vari­a­tions, these were well within the spec­i­fied lim­its. Use of re-heated oils should be avoided.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.