Maybe some of you have experienced this as a cloud of heat in your throat, just before the sore throat strikes. That is throat inflammation.
Alternatively, some of you may have experienced it has a angry, red, swell on our skin when we get a cut. That is also inflammation.
These are examples of acute inflammation, where we feel pain, or sore during the period of inflammation. It comes and then it goes off. This is a regular immune system response.
Unfortunately, it is always the silent reactions that go on unnoticed that are the most dangerous to us in the long run. In our body, we can be experiencing chronic inflammation but symptoms may not show up. This means that our immune system is in a permanent fight state, not knowing when to switch itself off.
Chronic inflammation brings about many many chronic diseases in the long run. Just to name a few, it could cause autoimmune diseases -- leading to autism, alzheimer's disease in the brain. On the skin, issues like eczema, acne, psoriasis could result from there. In our lungs, it could cause allergies or asthma.
These are just three important organs in our body that are mentioned, the others can similarly be affected as well.
Before we can come to finding a solution to this challenge of chronic inflammation, we need to first understand how it comes about in our body.
Singapore is widely known as a food haven, with a huge variety of food choices for us to pick from. With the increasingly competitive F&B landscape, only the best tasting survives! However, is best tasting always necessarily healthy?
Typically, the yummy foods are the ones that are fried, or have lots of oil to make it smooth to the taste. *yums* I feel hungry just thinking of it.
For my dear international friends, I'm sure that you too would have your version of fried and oily foods in your culture as well. These, unfortunately are what is causing us the issue with chronic inflammation.
It is the cooking oil that is used, that is causing this phenomena of chronic inflammation in our population.
In our cooking oils, there is both Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids present. In different types of oils, they would be in different ratios. The optimum ratio for our body, is at 1:1. When both Omega-6 and Omega-3 are in equal proportion, that is when we can avoid inflammation from cooking oils.
Let's look at some of the commonly used cooking oils and their relevant Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids ratio:
The commonly used cooking oils are Olive oil, sunflower oil or corn oil. These are all higher in Omega 6 compared to Omega 3 fatty acids.
Two wholesome plant foods that have very strong anti-inflammatory properties are the cactus and the rose. This can be found in Oxyginberry or Rosytime/Rhapsody. You can click in to read more.
From the table above, macadamia nut oil will provide a good 1:1 ratio. In manufacturing according to the safety standards of Nutritional Immunology foods, the following blended cooking oil is also made available for our convenience. With the high smoke point of macadamia nut oil and perilla seed oil, it can be used for cooking at higher temperatures without breaking down into poisonous substances.
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