Eating well is important to me. I’ve seen some of my older relatives struggle with health issues that – to be honest – they could have easily avoided were they to eat fewer cookies and snacks and focus on eating healthier meals. This is something that I struggle to convey to the wee ones on a daily basis, and I’m constantly emphasizing to them how important it is to make good decisions about what foods you put into your body.
In that aspect, I’m constantly working to set a healthier table for my family. I focus on finding foods that they will eat and enjoy that will do something for their bodies other than just putting calories into them. With so many relatives who have heart issues, from my mother with her leaky valve, to my in-laws and their incredibly high blood pressure, to my grandmother who struggled for years with congestive heart failure. To that end, Mazola is working to educate consumers on heart health and heart-healthy benefits of cooking oil.
Did you even know that there were heart-healthy benefits to cooking oil, in particular corn oil? I love to cook and bake, and I use oils a lot because they do offer a lot of unsaturated fats (especially compared to the butter option) that may help lower cholesterol levels and potentially control fat around the waistline (data courtesy the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association). When compared with using butter, the oils win hands down for me. I don’t trade out all my butter, but when I can use approximately 3/4 the amount of oil for butter when baking, I’ll make that tradeoff when there is no taste difference. Have you ever tried baking with oils in place of butter?
Corn oil is a particularly good choice for many of these substitutions, as it has a mild taste that doesn’t change the flavor of what you bake. It also contains 132mg plant sterols per tablespoon, compared with 30mg per tablespoon for olive oil. Plant sterols can help reduce total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, reducing your risk for heart disease (data courtesy the NIH).
Take the pledge to set a healthier table
Mazola, a maker of corn oil, is urging you to take a pledge to set a healthier table. For each pledge, Mazola will donate $1 (up to a total of $50,000) to WomanHeart, a national organization dedicated to promoting women’s health through advocacy, education and patient support. No information is collected, simply check the pledge box and submit your pledge. You can also take the pledge via Mazola’s Facebook page.
Each week, the Set a Healthier Table site offers challenges to help improve your health. This week’s is about how to walk more. What can you do to walk a little more? Is it parking far from store entrances, strolling with your family, or going on a mall walk? We can all use a little help and reminder, right?
Enter to win a $75 Gift Pack from Mazola
Mazola is giving away a wonderful kitchen essential gift pack worth $75 that includes a five piece bamboo cutting board set and silicone tongs that is oven safe up to 500 degrees F.
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This post is part of a promotional campaign with Mazola Corn Oil. All opinions remain my own.
Written by 5Minutes4Mom contributor Michelle who is debating what healthy foods to feed the wee ones during Spring Break now that she’s taken the pledge for Set a Healthier Table. You can find some of her recipes each Tuesday on her blog Honest & Truly! or catch her on Twitter where you can follow her as @HonestAndTruly.