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What’s the best cooking oil for people with Diabetes?

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Today is World Diabetes day, a globally celebrated event to increase awareness about diabetes. Celebrated on the birthday of the man who co-discovered insulin, Frederick Banting, the theme of the day this year is ‘Healthy Living and Diabetes’.

Earlier this year, scientists revealed that a rapeseed-enriched diet may benefit people with diabetes. According to the study by Professor Dr David Jenkins of St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, cold pressed rapeseed oil proved to be particularly effective against Type 2 diabetes.

Dr Jenkins created two special bread loaves for almost 150 patients – one loaf was high in rapeseed oil, the other high in whole wheat. The research found the rapeseed oil loaf reduced blood glucose and “significantly reduced” bad cholesterol in almost all patients. This discovery is one of many reasons why rapeseed oil is growing in popularity and is fast becoming a kitchen essential, particularly among the health-conscious.

Olive oil and cold pressed rapeseed oil (or canola oil as it’s called in Canada) are both marketed as healthy oils for cooking and baking. However, cold pressed rapeseed oil is praised by nutritionists for being the one that is notably good for your heart. This is because it is high in omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats that help to promote healthy cardiovascular function.

We’re forever hearing in the media how, as a nation we’re consuming too much saturated fat which can lead to symptoms such as obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease.  Rapeseed oil, which has been shown to help reduce such symptoms when it is combined into a balanced diet, is therefore the naturally better choice…

Here are Borderfields’ top tips for cooking healthier meals:

  1. Use cold pressed rapeseed oil which is high in monounsaturates;
  2. Cut the amount of salt you use in cooking and remove the salt pot from the table. Instead, flavour the food with lemon juice, herbs and spices. Why not try Borderfields’ new range of infusion oils to real bring taste to your cooking?
  3. Use low-fat dairy products where possible such as low-fat yoghurt or semi-skimmed milk;
  4. Experiment with pulses such as peas, beans or lentils to replace some or all of the meat in traditional recipes like cottage pie, casserole or lasagne. This will keep your cooking high in protein and fibre, and low in fat; and
  5. Experiment by using less sugar when you bake. Most cakes will work even if the sugar in the recipe is halved. Recipes such as fruit cake or fruit scones can be made without the need to add any sugar all. Give it a go!