The symposium outlined the fact that with urbanisation and higher economic growth, people are rapidly moving towards unhealthy lifestyles having low physical activity levels, high stress levels and increase in consumption of saturated fats.
Diet, especially the cooking medium (like edible oils) is one of the easily modifiable risk factors for heart disease, the delegates of the seminar noted.
Composition of the diet plays an important role in the management of lipid concentrations of blood, they said.
The symposium focussed on the cardiovascular benefits of rice bran oil and Oryzanol, the health benefits of choosing the right cooking oil and the impact it has on the health of an individual.
Dr Abhijit Aich Bhaumik, Cardiologist, Desun Hospital and Heart Institute, said, "Oryzanol has proven benefits worldwide in helping reduce hypertension and also has many skin related benefits."
Bhaumik added, "Besides controlling cholesterol levels, 'Oryzanol' significantly helps in lowering bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol at the same time."
He said, "The launch of brands such as Fortune that have introduced 100 percent Rice Bran oil in the country is a step in the right direction as 100 percent Rice Bran Oil has the right balance of fatty acid composition as compared to other edible oils."
Echoing his support, Ispita Chakravati, General Secretary, Indian Dietetic Association and Chief Dietician, Fortis Hospital and Kidney Institute, Kolkata, said: "Choosing the right kind of cooking oil is of vital importance as this directly affects your health. The type of fat (saturated or unsaturated) has a more important role in determining the risk of heart disease than the total amount of fat in the diet."
"Intake of edible oils such as Rice Bran oils- that contain the right amount of oryzanol (antioxidant) to provide cholesterol lowering properties, can make help in keeping a healthy heart and body," she added.
--IBNS (Posted on 27-09-2013)