OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois, Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- September is Cholesterol Awareness Month and Mazola® Corn Oil, America's #1 Heart-Healthy Cooking Oil, has teamed up with renowned chef, restaurateur and best-selling cookbook author James Tahhan to show families how to cook easy and delicious, heart-healthy meals. Mazola® Corn Oil, an all-purpose cooking oil, is a smart, heart-healthy choice in the kitchen when it comes to helping lower cholesterol.
"As a professional chef, I take pride in creating delicious dishes full of flavor. But, it is also just as important that the food I serve is part of a heart-healthy meal," said Tahhan. "Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels is important to heart health and when it comes to impact on cholesterol, not all cooking oils are created equal, which is why I choose corn oil instead of olive oil or canola oil."
According to a study cited in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology, Mazola® Corn Oil can help lower cholesterol two times more than extra virgin olive oil, with the power of plant sterols – plant-based micronutrients that can help reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the gut when consumed as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol2. Plant sterols are naturally present in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals, legumes and cooking oils and a serving of Mazola® Corn Oil has four times more cholesterol-blocking plant sterols than a serving of olive oil, three times as much as vegetable oil and nearly one-and-one-half more than canola oil3.
"Whenever I cook, I focus on using simple, high-quality ingredients to produce delicious and healthy meals," said Tahhan. "I also look for products that have health benefits and cooking with corn oil is an easy way to incorporate more of these cholesterol-blocking plant sterols into your everyday diet."
From baking and grilling to sautéing and marinating, Mazola® Corn Oil can be used for a variety of cooking techniques to create heart-healthy meals. With its neutral taste, corn oil lets the true flavors of food shine through in marinades, dressings and more. Additionally, corn oil's high smoke point (450°F) makes it a great all-purpose cooking oil that is better suited to handling the heat in the kitchen than many other cooking oils. Many home cooks may not realize that all cooking oils have a smoke point that, once exceeded, negatively affects the food's flavor and nutritional value.
Join Chef James Tahhan and Mazola® Corn Oil through Cholesterol Awareness Month for more recipes and tips. Tune in to Chef James's Facebook page on Wednesday, September 13 at 2:30pm ET for a live food demonstration of a dish with heart-health benefits. For more information on how to incorporate heart-healthy corn oil into dishes and to find a variety of delicious recipes, please visit www.mazola.com or @mazolabrand on Facebook.
Since 1911, the Mazola® brand has delivered great tasting, high-quality products ranging from cooking oils and sprays to bouillon. You can trust Mazola® to create delicious meals that your family will love. Mazola® cooking oils are naturally cholesterol free and 100% pure with no additives, so the great flavor of your food comes through.
1 Based on 7/19/17 IRI Data, last 26 week Volume Sales
2 USDA and USDHHS 2010; FDA 2000, 2010; Wu et al. 2009; Demonty et al. 2008, Ellegard et al. 2008; Mensink et al. 2010
3 Based on analysis of corn oil and 2016 USDA comparison of other cooking oils: Corn Oil has plant sterols content of 135.6 mg/serving vs. 30.0 mg/serving for Olive Oil, 40.8 mg/serving for Vegetable Oil, and 93.9 mg/serving for Canola Oil
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