At a crossroads over KEBS suspension of 10 cooking oils? Here are the alternatives

Do people really need cooking oil? [iStockphoto]

Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) halted sale of 10 cooking fats Brands for non-compliance with the established standards.

In a statement, KEBS said it ordered the recall to protect consumers from potentially unsafe products and to protect the economic interests of compliant brands.

“This is not a trademark ban but a temporary suspension to facilitate the protection of consumers against potentially unsafe products, protect the economic interest of manufacturers of compliant trademarks and allow manufacturers of non-compliant trademarks to initiate and implement effective corrective action under Kebs’ supervision,” the statement read in part.

The comment comes at a time when Kenyans are criticizing the rising cost of cooking oil due to fluctuating inflation that has escalated local budgets in the face of stagnant salaries and income sources.

The ongoing Russian-Ukrainian crisis has disrupted global supply chains, including oil, the rising costs of which have raised the cost of production.

Cooking oil, whose cost has been exacerbated by global prices for crude palm oil, which is essential in the refrigeration oil industry, has also been affected. Although palm oil prices have decreased, they are still high compared to last year.

The continued loss of the Kenyan shilling against the US dollar made matters worse.

But do people really need cooking oil? Well, for starters, a range of food types do not require cooking oil or cooking fats.

In fact, Professor Christopher Ataru, a bleeding plant scientist, says that there are no foods that cannot do without cooking oil. He adds that there are different cooking methods such as boiling, grilling and roasting.

Although some foods contain natural fats while others have more health benefits due to their lower levels of fat. Here we are talking about meats such as beef, chiffon (goat meat), veal, lamb, chicken, pork and fish. Most of them produce a lot of natural oil when cooked over low heat over time.

Adding cooking oil to these meats only increases their fat/oil content which is very dangerous for the body. Bad cholesterol, high blood pressure, an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancer, and obesity are some of the consequences, warns former hotel nutritionist Grace Chege.

She adds that adding cooking oil to meat can also reduce appetite. Chege says that all types of meat, red or white, have their own natural oil and do not need cooking oil or processed fats to cook them.

Red or white meat has its own natural oils and does not need cooking oil or processed fats to cook it. [iStockphoto]

She says that steamed vegetables shorten the duration which makes them retain their natural properties and value, especially vitamins.

“If you cook vegetables for too long, they lose the vitamins that are the main benefits of eating vegetables,” Cheg says.

“Vegetables shouldn’t change their colors because they are healthier, more attractive and flavorful when they look green. Overcooking turns them from green to brown,” she says.

The body needs vitamins, calcium, potassium and folic acid to prevent disease.

Some Kenyans believe that chips cannot do without deep frying, which requires a lot of oil. But the chips can be air fried. What about french fries better than french fries?

Professor Ataru says, “Yes, as mentioned earlier, deep frying breaks down the oil and lowers its quality, which makes it somewhat unhealthy. Air drying is like grilling without oil.”

Chege advises that people go for low-fat foods because restricting fat intake is beneficial, especially for people with gallbladder or pancreatic diseases.

Professor Ataru explains that eating large amounts of cooking oil increases the high concentration of toxic chemicals called aldehydes, which increases the risk of diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, dementia, gallbladder and pancreatic diseases, while eating low cooking fats reduces or controls the risk of developing them. diseases.

Low-fat diets also prevent heartburn, reduce weight, and improve cholesterol levels.

Cheg says that all grains should be cooked, and still healthy, when prepared without cooking oil such as the corn-bean mixture popularly known as Jethri and is a staple diet for communities in the central region. Mothukwe, common among the kampas, also falls into this category.

Other foods that should be prepared without cooking oil include legumes such as peas, lentils, mushrooms, vegetables, and squash.

It is best to boil starchy foods such as cassava, potatoes, nguasi (sweet potatoes), ndoma (root stock) and yams. Eggs can be boiled or boiled in bags.

Ndoma (arrow roots). [iStockphoto]

Other foods that do not require cooking oil include mirinda, mango, ugali, corn (which can be boiled or roasted), beans, mukimo (a mixture of corn, beans, potatoes, and ndoma leaves), rice, cassava, and pasta.

As for those who buy animal fats from a butcher, well, Professor Ataru advises against doing so.

“Animal fats are mostly either saturated or trans fats, which are potentially harmful to your health,” he explains.

Unlike other dietary fats, trans fats are the worst. Also called polyunsaturated fatty acids, trans fats raise “bad” cholesterol and lower “good” cholesterol.

“The best option is vegetable oil. Processed vegetable oils fall into the category of polyunsaturated oils (found in vegetables, nuts and seeds) and are good for your health,” says Professor Ataru.

“We spoil them by exposing them to heat during deep frying. Their smoke points or boiling points are often low and their skeleton breaks down under high heat.

Professor Ataru adds: “Peanut oil has a high burning point and does not break easily, but the oil is not plentiful and expensive.”

But boiled foods can be tasteless to the palate. How can it be made more palatable?

Professor Ataru advises that you can add spices such as coriander, black pepper, celery and mint or unprocessed oily foods such as crushed peanuts or coconut.

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