Oleev Active Blended Oil is a blend of 70% refined rice bran oil and 30% imported refined olive pomace olive oil. It contains TBHQ IN 319 and Antifoaming agent 900a.
This oil is high in PUFA and this PUFA is mostly omega 6 fats. As omega 6 PUFAs are susceptible to oxidation when heated, irrespective of the smoking point of Oleev Active Blended Oil, we do not recommend this oil for high heat cooking. Specifically, this oil must not be used for deep frying, tadka or heating in the pan with dry masalas. There is evidence that Oxidised PUFA is a source of toxicity in food and can cause a wide range of lifestyle diseases. It may however, be used as a safe cooking oil for low heat cooking.
foodnetindia rating for this product :-
Foodnetindia safety rating : 4 -(On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
As this oil contains 70% rice bran oil, and 30% olive oil, it should not be used for high heat cooking practices like tadka, heating oil with dry spices at the start of cooking or deep frying, PUFA rich oils are unsuitable for such cooking practices. High heat cooking will create toxicity concerns from oxidised PUFA.
In low heat cooking situations, we will increase this rating to 7 but not higher. This is because of issues related to Omega 6 and Omega 3 imbalance in the diets of people who use high PUFA oils as the cooking medium with low Omega 3 in their diets.
It contains TBHQ (TERT-BUTYLHYDROQUINONE) which is used as an antioxidant in fats and oils like vegetable oil, snack foods, cereals, other fat-containing foods. Mild to moderate exposure may cause nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness etc.
We like the fact that this brand has mentioned TBHQ in it’s label whereas almost all brands of cooking oil in the market have it and most irresponsibly fail to mention it on their labels because it is not mandated by FSSAI.
Foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
As this oil is likely to be used in Indian kitchens for high heat cooking practices like tadka, heating oil with dry spices at the start of cooking or deep frying, we are unable to give this a high safety rating or a wholesomeness rating. PUFA rich oils are unsuitable for such cooking practices.High heat cooking will create toxicity concerns from oxidised PUFA.
Ingredients of concern in Oleev Active:-
Rice Bran Oil
70 percent of Oleev Active Oil is comprised of rice bran oil and rice bran oil is the oil extracted from the germ and inner husk of rice, majority of rice bran oil on the market is chemically extracted using solvents, in particular petroleum-derived hexane and high heat which may destroy the antioxidants in it and oxidise the PUFA.
We do not have a clarification from the brand on the methods used for extraction.
One of the main features of Rice bran oil is that it contains Oryzanol, a powerful antioxidant only found in rice bran oil. Oryzanol may reduce liver cholesterol synthesis and may be useful for treating menopausal disorders.
Rice bran oil has a high omega-6 content, which is rendered toxic if oxidised by high heat cooking. In addition, a high consumption of omega-6 PUFA may increase the risk of several diseases if not balanced with adequate consumption of Omega 3 fats.
There are reports of visual disturbances in humans exposed to this chemical. Mild to moderate exposure may cause Nausea,vomiting, headache, dizziness, delirium, tinnitus,green or brownish urine, elevated liver enzymes,muscle twitching, and dyspnea.
Severe toxicity in humans may cause seizures, metabolic acidosis, cyanosis, methemoglobinemia, albuminuria, hematuria, liver damage, marked cachexia, respiratory failure, coma, and cardiovascular collapse.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:
Antifoaming Agent (900a)
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