I love being an Allrecipes Allstar. It gives me the opportunity to discover new recipes and try amazing new products. This month’s product was Mazola oil. If you are a cook, then there is a great possibility that you have used or
at least heard of Mazola before. So technically this might not be a new product for me, but I did learn about its heart healthy benefits.
Being in nursing school (and a HUGE science geek), I’m already aware of the difference in cooking oils and what is preferred over what. Basically anything in liquid form is going to better for you. Just remember that saturated fats=hard
at room temperature (lard, butter, shortening) and unsaturated fats=liquid at room temperature (corn oil, olive oil, vegetable oil). Without going into too much detail, basically unsaturated is better for you and your heart.
Now with that being said, your body needs lipids (fats). Lipids make up our cell walls and are used for long term energy storage among other things. You just need to make sure you get the good kind of lipids in your body. I was a
little pleasantly surprised to see that Mazola’s oil has the most cholesterol-blocking plant sterols per other brands. This is important to me because heart disease runs in my family. I’ve seen 2 of my grandparents and my own father all have open heart surgery.
I also got to prepare 2 of their recipes this month, and I must say that I was really impressed with the carnitas recipe. My husband begged me to save the recipe and make it again soon. So that is a first for me. I’ll link those recipes
here in my post for those who are interested. I do suggest reading the reviews under each recipe and making changes based upon your preference. However they are good as is as well.
Sweet & Spicy Salmon with Grapefruit Salsa:
Pork Carnitas with Cilatrno Tomatillo Sauce:
All in all folks, eating smarter doesn’t mean you cannot eat well. Just do your research and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find out.
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