(Family Features) Who doesn't love a fiesta? Americans love to eat tacos, carnitas, tortilla chips and other traditional Mexican dishes. However, many also worry about how healthy these dishes can be. What they don't realize is if recipes are prepared with fresh items and cooked with corn oil, they can actually be adding benefits to their diet.
According to USDA data, corn oil, such as Mazola® Corn Oil, contains more cholesterol-blocking plant sterols than any other cooking oil - four times as many as olive oil. It also contains 40 percent more than canola oil. This will help the healthfulness of everyone's fiestas.
Setting a Healthier Table
Whether it's for a fiesta with friends, or a weeknight dinner, it's possible to set a healthier table by using Mazola® Corn Oil, so Mazola® has partnered with WomenHeart, the nation's only patient-centered organization serving the 42 million women living with or who are at risk for heart disease, to encourage people to pledge to set a healthier table when they cook. Herb Mesa, "The Next Food Network Star" finalist, celebrity chef and personal trainer who is working with Mazola® to share the news about plant sterols, says "By taking the 'Set a Healthier Table' pledge on the Mazola®Facebook page, you can show your commitment to health for both you and your family."
To take an active role in your health, visit www.Facebook.com/MazolaBrand and pledge to increase the amount of plant sterols in your family's diet. For every pledge taken, Mazola® will donate $1 (up to a maximum of $50,000), to WomenHeart.
For healthy fiesta recipes, visit www.mazola.com.
Favorite Foods Can Help Your Heart
According to the FDA, clinical studies indicate that, when consumed as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, plant sterols can help reduce the absorption of cholesterol, which in turn can lower LDL cholesterol. And while 58 percent of Americans stated in a recent survey they believe corn oil is bad for you, corn oil is actually the cooking oil with the highest amount of plant sterols per serving.
Incorporating corn oil whenever you use cooking oil, as well as consuming other foods containing plant sterols - such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals and legumes - can contribute to a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, which can have an important effect on health. Learn more at www.mazola.com.