Almost all popular Indian cooking oils have been found to contain trans-fat in tremendously high quantities after laboratory tests conducted by Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).Trans-fat is known to trigger heart attacks, causing thousands of premature deaths globally every year.
21 different brands of vegetable oil( sunflower, groundnut, mustard, coconut, olive, soybean, sesame and palm), seven Vanaspati brands, desi ghee and butter available in Indian markets etc all were tested with an alarming finding that trans-fat levels were 5 to 12 times higher than the world’s recommended standards in all Vanaspati brands. Tans-fat in oil should not exceed 2% of the total oil, according to the recommendations. However, while in some Vanaspati brand the percentage was as high as 23.7. Interestingly, the lowest trans-fat level was in desi ghee and in Amul butter- 5.3% and 3.73% respectively.