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For generations, the traditional mindset in using a particular kind and brand of oil has had a very hand me down' approach, something has been followed ritualistically until recently.

The year 2020 has been an eye opener in many ways. Not only did it lead to introspection in general, it also changed quite eating habits, fitness and cooking styles.

Cooking food is no longer a scheduled task just about cooking and eating, there is awareness, conscience awakening and science attached to it today. Right from raw vegetables, meat and even the oils that are used, consumers today have questions about what they are consuming, the source of raw materials, the formulation and production.

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Sunflower and Groundnut oil have constituted a majority in the cooking oil segment followed closely by Mustard oil. Pixabay

The year 2020 has been an eye-opener in many ways. Not only did it lead to introspection in general, but it also changed quite eating habits, fitness, and cooking styles. Cooking food is no longer a scheduled task just about cooking and eating, there is awareness, conscience awakening, and science attached to it today. Right from raw vegetables, meat, and even the oils that are used, consumers today have questions about what they are consuming, the source of raw materials, the formulation, and production.

Oil is an essential ingredient used in Indian cooking be it for frying, stir-frying, shallow frying, pan-frying, grilling, barbequing, baking, kneading there isn’t a component of cooking where oil doesn’t feature, even if it means a slight drizzle. It’s where it all starts and ends. For generations, the traditional mindset in using a particular kind and brand of oil has had a very hand me down’ approach, something that has been followed ritualistically until recently. Sunflower and Groundnut oil have constituted a majority in the cooking oil segment followed closely by Mustard oil.

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Mediterranean diet may also help prevent rheumatoid arthritis in individuals who smoke or used to smoke. Unsplash

The Mediterranean diet which is high in vegetables, whole grains, fish and olive oil not only helps you live longer but may also help prevent rheumatoid arthritis in individuals who smoke or used to smoke, say researchers.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints. It typically results in warm, swollen, and painful joints. Previous research has demonstrated a variety of health benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in olive oil, cereals, fruit and vegetables, fish and a moderate amount of dairy, meat and wine.

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Now that people are beginning to step out, there are chances that our skin became more sensitive to these environmental factors. Pixabay

Prolonged pandemic and lockdown gave us enough time to take care of our skin and stay away from a regular exposure of sun, dust and pollution. Now that people are beginning to step out, there are chances that our skin became more sensitive to these environmental factors.

“Have you noticed more breakouts or dull skin or fine lines or pigmented spots on the skin? If so, you most likely have ‘lockdown skin’. The prolonged lockdown and associated stress have resulted in significant skin damage. Now that the unlock phase has started, UV exposure and exposure to hot winds and environmental pollutants are going to cause further skin damage. It’s likely that more people will have the damaging effects of this double whammy in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, dull skin, open pores, and just a very dull-looking skin,” dermatologist Dr Sirisha Singh explained to IANSlife in an email.

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