What Are The Health Risks Of Using Corn Oil

 
16-Feb-2011 by

What are the health risks of using corn oil? Here are some reasons why you should be limiting your use and consumption of corn oil. 

As you may know, corn oil is extracted from the germ or the corn kernel and is used for salad dressings, for sautéing and for deep-frying. In fact corn oil is the medium in which many fast food restaurants deep-fry their French fries to given them that gorgeous golden yellow color. You may also find corn oil easily available in your grocery stores but is corn oil good for health? Many studies have found the there are several health risks of using corn oil.

Did you know that while corn oil has its benefits, corn oil health risks are not to be ignored? Health risks of corn oil stem out of the benefits or this oil.

A Diet rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as in corn oil, can help to lower elevated blood pressure and corn oil is an excellent source of tocopherol, which is an antioxidant and provides vitamin E to your body. The fats in corn oil are about 60 percent polyunsaturated, 25 to 30 percent monounsaturated and 10 to 15 percent saturated. It is this 15% saturated fat that is one of the health risks of corn oil if it is consumed in excess.

Omega-6 fats are found in large concentrations in corn oil as also in other oils like sunflower, safflower and soybean oils. However your diet should contain only two to four times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3s. This means that it is important you check your consumption of corn oil and other omega-6 rich fats.

If your diet contains a lot more of the omega-6 fats as those found in corn oil than it does omega-3s, then this imbalance may result in the certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, asthma and depression. Thus limit your intake of foods fried in or cooked with corn oil to reduce your chances of being affected by these corn oil health risks.

Here are some of the most known health risks of using corn oil in excess.

Obesity and Weight gain – Corn oil is high in sugar and saturated fat.Eating foods fried in corn oil or cooked in corn oil are very tasty and actually lead to food cravings causing you to eat more of these foods. If you continue to overeat foods high in corn oil then this could lead to increase in caloric intake and could lead to weight gain and obesity.

Heart disease is one of corn oil health risks. The "bad" saturated fat present in corn oil could lead to atherosclerosis and heart disease.

Toxicity of Liver Health risks of using corn oil also include damage of the liver, kidney and other organs. This is because many brands of corn oil use genetically grown corn.

Increased Risk of Cancer Another health risk of using corn oil for frying and cooking food is the increased risk of cancer. Corn oil contains a high amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly omega-6 fatty acids which in excess accelerate the growth of cancer cells, such as prostate tumor cells, and tumor growth, Most omega-6 fatty acids from vegetable oils, such as corn oil, is converted to arachidonic acid in the body which promotes prostate cancer and supports the spread of cancer to the bone.

So, above are few health risks of using corn oil.

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