Refined Corn Oil (Maize Oil) is oil extracted from the Germ of Corn (Maize). Its main use is in cooking, where its high smoke point makes Refined Corn Oil a valuable frying oil. It is also a key ingredient in some margarine. Refined Corn Oil generally less expensive than most other types of vegetable oils. One bushel of corn contains 1.55 pounds of corn oil (2.8% by weight).
The issue to use corn oil as well as other vegetable oils for cooking is not just the Oxidized Cholesterol they create (which significantly increase risk for coronary heart disease), but also their very high amount of Omega–6 fatty acid, which it throws Omega–6 and Omega–3 ratio in the body out of balance. It is reported to have an Omega–6 to Omega–3 ratio of 49:1, a very far cry from the ideal 1:1 ratio.
Uses of Corn Oil:
Apart from serving as a less–than–ideal cooking oil, It also has several industrial uses, including as an addition to “Soap”, “Salve”, “Paint”, “Ink”, “Textiles”, “Erasers”, “Rustproofing”, “Nitroglycerin” and “Insecticides”.
Refined Corn Oil is also a feedstock used for Biodiesel and sometimes functions as a carrier for drug molecules in Pharmaceutical industry products. It is considered for hair care and contains 54 percent of Omega–6 and 28 percent of Omega–9 fats, which lock water inside your hair and make it stronger and better protected against dryness.
The promoted benefits include moisturizing the hair follicles. It nourishes the scalp, helping prevent hair dryness and loss, promoting growth, and helping prevent external damage.
The various uses of Refined Corn Oil around the house, including the following:
1. Make your sink shine: Rub oil on your sink using a soft cloth.
2. Clean wood surface of stuck paper: Rub the area where the paper is stuck with the oil. Let stand until the paper is soft enough for peeling away.
3. Soften baseball mitt: Rub the palm of the mitt with corn oil, fold the mitt around the ball. Then use a rubber band to secure it. Place the mitt overnight between your mattresses.
4. Clean up spots from wood furniture: Put corn oil on a soft cloth, dip into cigarette or cigar ashes, and wipe the area where the white spot or watermark is until it’s gone.
5. Coat your snow shovel: Rubbing the oil on your shovel will prevent snow from sticking to it.
Health Benefits of Refined Corn Oil:
Corn oil has monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids that help to lower the chances of heart problems. It lowers the cholesterol level as well as LDL cholesterol.
1. Lowers cholesterol
Corn oil is able to reduce blood cholesterol level. It has phytosterols in meaningful amount. The sterol compounds are derived from the plant sources and resemble the structure of cholesterol. The plant sterols are able to lower the absorption of cholesterol. The study shows that addition of corn oil in diet helps to reduce cholesterol level.
2. Healthy heart
Corn oil is beneficial for maintaining heart health. It has high content of linoleic acid and polyunsaturated fatty acids. The regular diet should have high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids such as corn oil. This helps to lower the LDL cholesterol level.
3. Maintains blood pressure
The foods rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids help to reduce high blood pressure in the hypertension patients. It lowers the blood pressure level by 10%.
4. Skin health
Corn oil could be used as massage oil for skin. This promotes the skin functioning due to the presence of Vitamin E and Linoleic acid. It is used as base oil for salves, lip balms, night oils and creams. It penetrates to the skin quickly as it contains 59% of Linoleic acid.
5. Hair health
Corn oil could be used as a hot oil treatment for about 1 or 2 times in a week. This helps to treat undernourished and dry hair. It smoothens and conditions the hair.
6. Useful for pests
Corn oil could be used as a skin care for animals as well. Massage corn oil to the dog’s hair to make the coat look healthier. It could be fed to horses for the treatment of dull coat conditions. It provides more energy and healthy fats. The diet should be rich in omega-3 fatty acids for balancing omega-6 from corn oil.
- It lowers the chances of heart problems.
- It moisturizes hair follicles and nourishes scalp that helps to prevent hair loss and dryness, prevent external damage and promotes hair growth.
- It is used as a hot oil massage, carrier oil for aromatherapy, rosemary and tea tree oil.
- Apply the mixture of two drops of tea tree oil and a table spoon of corn oil on hair for about 15 minutes and rinse it with a shampoo.
- Mix a tablespoon of oil with two drops of tea tree oil, apply on your
- It lowers cholesterol and prevents atherosclerosis.
- As corn oil has high content of Linoleic acid but small amount of Omega–3, the study shows that the diet rich in omega–6 with low content of omega–3 leads to systemic inflammation in the body. This could lead to inflammatory conditions such as acne and arthritis.
- Corn oil has negative effects on the liver health. It increases the chances of liver cancer if consumed excessively.
- The postmenopausal women should not use it as it could be harmful for them.
- The high consumption of Corn oil increases the chances of breast cancer in women.
How to Eat
- It is used as an ingredient in margarine.
- It is used for deep frying recipes such as French fries.
- This oil could be used for dressing salads and mayonnaise preparation.
- It is also used for baking purposes.
- It is used as an ingredient in insecticides.
- It helps to prevent corrosion on iron surfaces.
- It is used for the production of nitroglycerin and also used in biodiesel technology.
It also contains more sugar than other vegetables. Also, it is compared with cereal grains like wheat and rice, has a lower calorie count. It is filled with Flavonoids and Lutein, which together help maintain healthy mucus membranes, skin, and vision. It also has Vitamin A, Thiamin (B1), and Vitamin B6 source. It contains a lot of water and is rich in Dietary Fiber. Dietary fibers are diverse in chemical composition, and can be grouped generally by their solubility, viscosity, and fermentability, which affect how fibers are processed in the body. Dietary fiber has two main components: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber, which are components of plant foods, such as legumes, whole grains and cereals, vegetables, fruits, and nuts or seeds. A diet high in regular fiber consumption is generally associated with supporting health and lowering the risk of several diseases.
Standard Specification of Refined Bleached Deodorized Corn (Maize) Oil: