Rujuta Diwekar is at it again. She has put up a post on Facebook (screenshot below). In her post, while praising traditional Diwali sweets’ virtues, she implies that traditional and home-cooked food is superior merely because it is traditional or home-cooked. This is a DANGEROUS misconception!
Indians have been consuming way too much omega-6 vegetable oils in the last six decades. Until the 60s, people in India used ghee or coconut oil (in the coastal areas) as cooking mediums. The other major vegetable oils used for cooking at that time (peanut, mustard) were quite abundant in
To rephrase the headline, PUFA and Oxidised PUFA from heated vegetable oils increases the risks of various types of cancer and also other lifestyle diseases.