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How cooking oil makes us unhealthy

Food may be necessary for survival, but what we put into our bodies has a profound effect on our well-being. For a healthy body, it is important to eat the right amount of food, that has been cooked the right way and at the right time.

Our hurried lives today make us vulnerable to bad eating habits, far from the path nature intended. In the wild, animals eat instinctively and mostly enjoy complete lives with no cholesterol problems whatsoever. Humans, on the other hand, suffer a vast number of lifestyle-related diseases.

To be healthy, we need to eat a balanced diet, of which fats play an important role. Cooking oil is one of the ways in which we consume fats, and it's important to understand how it affects our health.

 

Oil & its composition

No oil by itself is good or bad. It is actually the composition of the oil – which changes during cooking – that converts it into unhealthy fats. Oils are made of a number of fatty acids, consisting of saturated fats and unsaturated fats – polyunsaturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids and trans fats.

Trans fats, which occur in very small quantities naturally but are widely present in processed foods, are bad for our health. They increase the chances of early heart attacks or strokes by clogging your arteries at a much faster pace than normal.

Heat can change an oil's composition to create these trans fats. Although cooking methods like deep frying lend food that delicious taste we know so well, it also causes oil to lose a lot of its nutritional value.

Oil & temperature
A process known as oxidisation occurs when oil is exposed to temperature, air, moisture, metals and even light. Temperature is the biggest contributing factor to oxidisation, which degrades the quality of oil to cause health problems. Different oils have varying temperatures at which their composition changes. This is called smoking point, and it helps to remember that the higher the smoking point of the oil, the better it is for cooking. Oils made from avocado, mustard, palm, groundnut, rice bran, sunflower and coconut have higher smoking points.
Oils that are healthy at room temperature can quickly become bad for us after they've been heated, depending on their smoking point. Generally, the more saturated fatty acid an oil contains, the more stable it is during cooking. Many people believe that saturated oils cause heart attacks and unsaturated oils are good for health, but when heating oil for cooking, the opposite is true.
All oils respond to heat, light and oxygen. Oxygen breaks down the oil, potentially producing harmful components particularly when heated. How resistant an oil is to oxygen is known as its oxidative stability. Oils from almonds, avocado, canola, coconut, palm, sesame and extra virgin olive oil have high oxidative stability and are therefore healthier to use during cooking.
Even the methods used to extract oils can affect their nutritional values. Oils are extracted using chemical solvents, decanter centrifuges or through pressing at high or low temperatures. Sometimes, all these methods are combined. The healthiest oils come from those pressed at cold temperatures which prevent them from heating.

Oil-free cooking
Whichever way you look at it, the use of oils in cooking is not the natural way of consuming food. The ideal and healthiest way to eat it is with little to no oil. Cooking methods like boiling, grilling, baking and roasting involve very little or no oil altogether.
IFB's Health Chef Oven is capable of frying with little to no oil in addition to baking, grilling and toasting. These ovens, make cooking healthier dishes easy through the use of little to no oil. These are easy to use and offer a combination of cooking functions in a single appliance, all for delicious but healthy, oil-free meals.

Microwave Garlic Prawns

IFB Recipes

Microwave Garlic Prawns

Ingredients:

  • 200gms king prawns
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 8 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 small red chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Method:

  • Shell prawns, leave tail intact, remove back vein.
  • In a microwave-safe glass dish, add butter, garlic and chillies.
  • Cook in microwave on HIGH power for 2 minutes, or until butter is bubbling.
  • Add prawns, cook in microwave on HIGH power for 1 to 2 minutes, or until prawns turn pink.
  • Serve immediately, sprinkled with parsley and lemon juice.
Say goodbye to washing woes

Laundry Solutions

Say goodbye to washing woes

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To quit or not to quit Washing Tips from IFB With the new baby having just arrived, Sophie's household has been in a state of excitement. But she is worried. Sophie has returned to work and her mother has now left, bringing the responsibility of running the household back onto her. Her little one, Miriam, has extremely sensitive skin, and her five-year-old, Thomas, appears to love the sand pit at school. Washing their clothes separately by hand along with all her other household tasks is taking its toll on her and she is afraid she might have to quit her job if she is unable to manage her home.  

 

Running out IFB Tips to Wash Clothes Rita recently moved to Bangalore to train with the state hockey team and work part-time at a bank nearby. Her day is packed with training, and living alone makes it difficult to ensure she has a fresh set of workout wear free of grass stains for 5am every morning. Rita is also often in the starting line-up for matches every weekend when the team wears their striking white cotton uniforms. Exhausted from play, she resorts to buying extra sportswear to avoid running out. She needs an easy solution before the situation gets out of hand.  

 

 

Sense of style IFB Style Tips Online Being a stylist at a prominent fashion house in Mumbai has been Anisha's dream job. It allows her to wear the latest trends, try out new fabrics and be creative. Her wardrobe is filled with delicate silks, chiffons, satins and sheers that need careful handling when being cleaned. It seems like every day ends with the backbreaking task of washing each garment by hand to avoid damage. Anisha is always looking for a way out of this annoying chore so she can continue wearing her favourite clothes and also have more time to engage in creative hobbies.   Not everyone has the same laundry needs. IFB understands that these needs not only change with each family but also over time with the same family.

How can IFB help?

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Stain Removal By IFB Washing Machine

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Don’t let stains get you down

Laundry Solutions

Don’t let stains get you down

Which one of these scenarios are you currently facing?

Soiled for school: Sports Stains Removal Tips As a working mother of two, Sarah juggles child care and her career as a 24/7 job, leaving barely any time for herself. Her eight-year-old daughter often turns up after football training with grass-stained shorts, and her teenage son somehow manages to stain his white uniform with ink almost every other day. It's hard enough that she has to work and manage household chores every day, without having to make mid-week runs to the laundry or squat in the bathroom with a brush and detergent after midnight to clean their uniforms. Sarah is tired and frustrated with what is increasingly turning into a regular practice.

Wine & the dress: Three years into her corporate job, Rhea is finding that things are finally looking up – she has received a promotion and a pay raise, and is becoming one of the most dependable members inIFB Stain Removal Tips her team. She believes that striking appearances set her apart during meetings, and therefore spends her hard-earned money on upmarket clothing to enhance her image. At a recent networking do, while in the middle of an engaging discussion, she accidentally spilled wine down the front of her new Stella McCartney silk shift dress. It broke her heart to think that one silly mistake would land the new dress in the bin, all because she would never be able to get the stain out.    

 

 

Pet problems: Pet Problem TipsVicky volunteers at an animal shelter close to his house after work. He loves playing with the growing puppies and kittens, and recently adopted a playful, fluffy brown dog he named Mutley. Even though living with Mutley is wonderful, Vicky can't help finding fur on his trousers and shirts, and even on his linen at home. Keeping his house tidy and free of pet hair is proving to be exhausting and Vicky is concerned that he might have to give Mutley up. Stains often run deeper than the surface of our clothes and fabrics, affecting even our lives. IFB understands this and is here to make life better.

How can IFB help?

IFB understands that doing laundry is more than a routine of soak, lather, rinse, repeat. Sometimes, washing clothes means putting in a little more effort so your children can go to school wearing clean uniforms, so you can wear that trendy new dress again, or so you can 7enjoy time with your pets without having to worry about all the cleaning that comes after. That's why IFB designs washing machines that take care of all these issues so that you don't have to worry about them. IFB's latest smart washing machines put stain removal at the forefront, offering easy solutions for a range of discolourations. They allow you to select programs according to the type of fabric and stain you want removed and offer options (light, normal or heavy) based on how badly stained a fabric is. There are programs for a variety of stains – from ink, cosmetic and tomato sauce to sweat, mud, beverages and even baby food. With an IFB washing machine, Sarah can now put her children's clothes through a programStain Marks On Fabric specially designed for uniforms involving a strong and thorough wash for spotless garments. Now, it doesn't matter how often they stain their uniforms or how late she finishes work. The children will have clean uniforms the next day, and Sarah will have more time on her hands. Rhea, on the other hand, can rest assured that her new dress is not ruined. With the Beverage Stain program, she'll have it as good as new in minutes. For a particularly strong stain, she can also opt to put it through a pre-wash or choose Delicates if it is a garment she normally hand washes. The latter uses a very gentle movement to avoid stretching or damaging clothes, and she can now wear her new shift dress to look stunning yet again.   IFB Sports Wear Washing TipsIFB's smart washing machines have a solution for Vicky too. All he has to do is opt for the Pet Hair Removal cycle, a special three-cycle program that loosens and rinses out fur from clothes and kills all allergens with a hot blast. Now, he and Mutley can enjoy many more moments together at home. All of IFB's smart wash programs use a special air bubble and steam wash system that protect clothes from wear and tear. The steam wash refreshes clothes with fabric-penetrative steam that helps detergent break down even tough stains. The programs are most effective with IFB's Fabo Stain Remover. Front Load Washing Machine UsesSo go ahead and don't worry about the stain. IFB will take care of the rest. Explore the range of washing machines from IFB and turn an everyday chore into a pleasant and less time consuming one. Buy one here.  

IFB Recipes

Broccoli cauliflower gravy

Broccoli Cauliflower Gravy Recipe

Cauliflower broccoli gravy goes well with chapathi,roti,rice. It's a very good source of vitamin C and manganese, which are both powerful antioxidants. Cauliflower may also be a natural cancer fighter. This nutritious gravy is a must make.

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Ingredients:

  • 8 broccoli florets (medium)
  • 10 cauliflower florets (medium)
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp cilantro (coriander leaves) finely chopped for garnish
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients to prepare masala: Grind to a smooth paste

  • 1 peeled onion (microwave on PHI for 2 minutes)
  • ¼ cup tomato puree
  • 2 ½ tsp sambhar powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • 4 tbsp grated coconut, fresh or dry
  • ¼ cup water

 

PREP TIME: COOK TIME: YEILD: DIFFICULTY LEVEL:
10 Mins 16 Mins 2 Servings Easy

Procedure:

  • Add cumin seeds in oil and prepare tadka by microwaving for 2 mins of PHI mode.
  • Add cauliflower and broccoli and masala in tadka. Mix well and add water.
  • Microwave the ingredients for 12 mins in PHI mode.
  • Garnish with coriander and your dish is ready to serve.

IFB Recipes

Chocolate cake

Chocolate Cake Recipe

This easy and delicious chocolate cake recipe will make you go wow today.

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Ingredients:

  • 100 gms maida
  • 100 gms castor sugar
  • 100 gms butter and 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp baking powder

 

PREP TIME: COOK TIME: YEILD: DIFFICULTY LEVEL:
10 Mins 3-4 Mins 4 Servings Easy

Procedure:

  • Mix butter, sugar, egg, flour or maida, cocoa powder, vanilla extract. Mix well to form a paste.
  • Grease the container and spread the mixture on it.
  • Microwave the batter for 4 minutes on PHI mode.
  • Sprinkle powdered sugar and pour melted chocolate on it. Dish is ready. Serve hot.

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Grilled Chocolate Banana

Grilled Chocolate Banana Recipe

Lazy day for a sweet tooth? A wonderful and simple dessert to serve at all times.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp miniature marshmallows
  • 1 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp fresh cream

 

PREP TIME: COOK TIME: YEILD: DIFFICULTY LEVEL:
10 Mins 20 Mins 2-3 Servings Easy

Procedure:

  • Slice the banana length wise and open slightly
  • Insert marshmallows and chocolate chips into the sliced banana.
  • Wrap banana in silver foil and grill it on high rack for 20 mins on grill mode.
  • Garnish with chocolate syrup and fresh cream.

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Banana quinoa bars

Banana Quinoa Bars Recipe

Create a baked breakfast recipe for yourself. This is great way to intake quinoa and full of healthy fats, fiber and various other nutrients.

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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oats (gluten-free, if necessary)
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tbsp crushed cashew nuts and raisins
  • 2 tbsp butter (other nut and seed butters will work)
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ – ½ cup chocolate chips
  • Coconut oil to grease baking tray

 

PREP TIME: COOK TIME: YEILD: DIFFICULTY LEVEL:
20 Mins 20 Mins 6-9 bars Medium

Procedure:

  • Mash 2 bananas. Mix butter, oats, quinoa, salt and baking powder together.
  • Further add cinnamon powder, desiccated coconut, crushed cashew nut and maple syrup into the mixture. Mix well.
  • Spread the mixture into the container and sprinkle chocolate chips on top of it.
  • Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 mins on convection mode.
  • Sprinkle sugar on top of it and your dish is ready to serve.

IFB Recipes

Naan

Naan Recipe This fail-proof homemade recipe for Indian naan can be the new alternative to your daily roti or paratha. Watch video now: Ingredients:

  • ½ cup maida
  • ½ cup aata
  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup curd

 

PREP TIME: COOK TIME: YEILD: DIFFICULTY LEVEL:
35 Mins 10-12 Mins 4 Servings Medium

Procedure to make Dough:

  • Put warm milk in a bowl
  • Add sugar and salt with spoon
  • Add yeast and shake gently to mix
  • Cover bowl and rest the yeast for 5-7 mins in a warm closed place to activate yeast
  • Mix maida with baking powder and baking soda
  • Rub oil with finger tops in maida and aata. Add yeast mixture to the flour and add curd to it to make a soft dough.
  • Keep aside for 30 mins or till it rises and doubles in volume
  • Punch down the dough with hands and knead again till smooth

Procedure to make Naan:

  • Knead dough with oiled fingers. Roll it in a round shape to make laccha naan
  • Brush oil and sprinkle maida. Roll it again to make a round shape.
  • Preheat tawa on low rack for 2 minutes on H2 mode.
  • Brush oil on preheated tawa and place laccha naan on pre heated tawa for 10-15 mins.
  • Spread butter and garnish it with sesame seeds.
  • Your naan is ready. Serve hot.

IFB Recipes

Eggs in clouds

eggs-in-clouds

Tired of having same old breakfast everyday? Start your day with this low calorie breakfast with fluffy eggs, cheese and chicken.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup spring onions, chopped
  • 2 nos steamed chicken sausages, chopped
  • Pepper to taste

 

PREP TIME: COOK TIME: YEILD: DIFFICULTY LEVEL:
8 Mins 06 Mins 2 Servings Easy

Procedure:

  • Place parchment paper on greased tawa and pre-heat for 2 minutes on PHI mode.
  • In the mean time, whip 2 egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  • Mix chopped chicken, spring onion and cheese together. Blend well.
  • Spread the mixture on preheated tawa for 6 mins on H2 mode.
  • Spread whipped egg on the dish to give a cloudy look.
  • Place egg yolk in center, add salt and pepper and cook for the remaining cooking time.
  • Your dish is ready. Serve hot.