Jan 6 2018
Renowned dietician and nutritionist, Charles Oguikpe, has warned Nigerians to be weary of the oil they patronize, as most of them are hazardous.
According to him, the higher the cholesterol, the higher the level of heart and blood vessel disease, adding that there were no signs and symptoms of high cholesterol unless a blood cholesterol test is taken.
The appeal was made in Lagos recently, during a health sensitisation programme organised by Orjiokosisi and Sons Limited, distributors of Laser oil.
According to Oguikpe, a research conducted by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Federal University of Agriculture, Ogun State, stated that there was a high cholesterol concentration (mg/100g) in fast food samples of selected outlets.
He noted that a deep fried snack was seen to have a high cholesterol level, which is believed to likely be a function of the type of fat and oil used in the preparation and frying of the product.
His words, “So many Nigerians go around with a high cholesterol level without being in the know, until it causes damage.
“However, cholesterol is not altogether bad. At moderate levels, it aids metabolism in the body. Cholesterol is found in every cell of the body and has important natural functions when it comes to digesting foods, producing hormones, and generating Vitamin D. It is manufactured by the body but can also be taken in from food.
“However, if the concentration of cholesterol in the blood gets too high, it becomes a silent danger that puts people at risk of heart attack. High cholesterol is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, a cause of heart attacks. A build-up of cholesterol is part of the process that narrows arteries, in which plaques form and cause restriction of blood flow. Reduced blood flow can lead to a stroke of heart attack.
“There is no one single cause for high cholesterol, but top on the list is eating a diet that is high in saturated fat, often gotten from one of our major cooking ingredients, cooking oil.”
“Low density lipoprotein (LDL) is the unhealthy kind of cholesterol. LDL cholesterol can build up in your arteries and form fatty deposits called plaques
“High density lipoprotein (HDL) is the good healthy kind of cholesterol. It transports excess cholesterol out of the body to the liver which removes it from the body.”
According to the nutritionist, olive oil is one of the few foods which, improves cholesterol levels and heart health, he also went further to explain the benefits of Rapeseed oil and they are:
1. It is a good source of vitamin E
2. Has 10 times more omega 3 than olive oil
3. Contains the lowest saturated fat content of any soil
4. High in monounsaturated fats
Another speaker at the event, Dr.Salami also revealed that ways to reduce cholesterol in the body include:
1. Eat heart health foods
2. Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids
3. Exercise on most days of the week
4. Quit smoking
He also went ahead to say that people with elevated cholesterol levels are at the risk of encountering heart disease, stroke and peripheral artery disease.
On his part, Mr. Evans Ndukwe said, Laser oil, which is made from Rapeseed oil and a blend of olive oil and pomace olive oil, comes as a superior product designed for health, taste and flavor.
He said: “Rapeseed oil is packed with both poly and mono – unsaturated fat but low in saturated fat. It has been proven to be more effective in helping to lower cholesterol and protect the heart and is a major ingredient in making a range of laser oil, thus making this particular range of laser oil lower in saturated fat, higher in Vitamin E and has a higher smoke point, making it the better choice for cooking.
“It is high essential fatty acids omegas 3, 6, and an excellent source of Vitamins E and K. With this range of oil, there is virtually no trans-fats and no artificial preservative nor genetically modified.
“Laser oil has been packaged at the best prices to accommodate your budget irrespective of your income. Check the next shop for these sizes and make your choice:
Litres 1 – 5 and 20Litres drum with the same value delivery that keeps you healthy.
“Between 2016 and 2017 our sales has increase by 180%. Millions of Nigerian cannot be wrong with their switch to Laser (No Cholesterol) oil. Join us now. Use Laser oil for the next meal and watch your Love ones live longer.
“The next time they call you a sweetheart, find out the oil they use to cook for you, if it is not Laser oil, you are far from being a sweetheart. Tell them to switch oil now.”