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Importance of a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle- My Mazola Experience 
Mar. 11, 2014 4:50 pm 
Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 3:09 am

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.

I am an Allrecipes Allstar brand ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on The Mad Musings of a Cajun in the Kitchen. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of myself, Lindsey Eustace. To learn more about the Allrecipes Allstars program visit,

Mar. 12, 2014 4:06 pm
Never too old to learn a few things...and agree with what you said at the end, "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."
Mar. 14, 2014 3:09 am
Agree with cookin that "eating smarter doesn't mean you cannot eat well". Whatever path one chooses to take toward health is better than having no path at all!
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I am from deep south Louisiana and I am Cajun. Growing up in a huge family that loves to cook I have been helping in the kitchen since a toddler. I love cooking and have traveled around to get new recipes. I even lived in Mexico for 2 years and picked up authentic Mexican recipes. I love baking and southern dishes. I excel in homemade pies and southern classics. I am always trying new recipes and something new. My motto is you should always try something twice because nothing ever tastes exactly the same.
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I love and I mean LOVE pies. I have a few people addicted to my Lemon Meringue and No bake cherry cheesecake pies. I am constently baking and making desert. I also love to cook southern dishes and simple, easy and tasty things for my kids.
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Every Sunday after church my family would get together at my grandmothers house and cook a huge southern supper. Now with my grandmother too old and ill to cook and myself moved away, I love to cook almost every night for my family.
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It took me a couple of times to get my lemon meringue pie perfect.... but it was so worth it.
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I cannot eat something unless it is seasoned perfectly and I gave my mom a recipe and she under seasoned it. I felt I mislead her. Lol.
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