Corn oil is derived from the germ of the corn plant,one of the most widely grown and relied on crops in the world.Corn oil can be acquired through an extended process of expeller pressing,refinement and steam distillation.
People primarily use corn oil as a cooking oil,due to its semi-neutral-flavor and cost,in comparison to other vegetable oils.Corn oil is also used in medicines,topical applications and can also be used as a massage oil.
Total Lipid 100
Vitamin B-6 0
Vitamin E 14.3
Fatty acids,total saturated 12.95
Fatty acids,total monounsaturated 27.58
Fatty acids,total polyunsaturated 54.68
Health benefits of corn oil:
1.Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are both needed by the body,as they can help to control inflammation and excess cholesterol.Corn oil helps to reduce blood pressure and balance the cholesterol in very limited quantities.Hence,use the oil sparingly when cooking.
Both omega-3 and omega-6 are known to work against inflammation when consumed in moderation in the body.This can help relieve symptoms of arthritis,as well as headaches,gastrointestinal problems and even inflammatory conditions of the skin.
3.Improves vision :
Corn oil consists of flavonoids and antioxidants such as lutein which can reduce free radical activity in the body.Lutein is able to protect vision health and prevent the development of cataracts.
Some of the compounds in corn oil have been known to reduce allergic reactivity in the body,helping to keep symptoms of asthma and rhinitis at bay.
Antioxidants and tocopherols in the oil will help prevent skin infections and help to relieve irritation,blemishes,eczema and psoriasis.It also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.
Side effects of corn oil:
1.There are numerous side effects of corn oil,including potential toxicity,increased risk of cancer,cardiovascular disease,stomach irritation,weight gain.
How to buy and store corn oil?
1.Try to purchase brands that are packaged in dark containers to keep away from light.
2.Keep the corn oil sealed tightly when not in use.
3.The best way to store corn oil is in the refrigerator and the recommended time is 6 months.
4.Look for light golden coloured oil free from any discoloration,cloudiness or granules.
5.Avoid reusing the leftover oil from deep-frying as reheating it might affect the chemical composition and rancidity quotient of the oil.
6.Once they have been opened,they should be used within two months.
7.If possible transfer the oil from a can into a glass bottle to avoid metallic tasting oil.Plastic containers shouldn’t be used because they may lend a plastic taste to the oil.