Benefits: Cottonseed oil contains essential fats like omega-3 and omega-6 that our body is unable to produce naturally. It is also high in Polyunsaturated fat that helps lower the LDL (bad cholesterol) and enhances the increase of HDL i.e. the good cholesterol, reducing the risk of Cardiovascular diseases and stabilization of the blood pressure.
It is also believed to enhance hair and skin health. Cottonseed oil is said to have certain properties that benefit the skin and hair. Even though not scientifically proved, cottonseed oil is still used as a cosmetic remedy as it moisturizes the skin, slowing down the ageing process. Containing vitamin E, tocopherol and anti-inflammatory properties, this oil is also used in various cosmetic products such as shampoos and lotions. It is also said to possess anti-cancer and tremendous healing properties.
Side effects: The case being very rare, many people are allergic to cottonseed oil. Allergic response after consumption might include swelling of throat, face or mouth, severe breathing difficulties, triggered asthma, nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting. Thus, in case of allergies, it is not safe to intake this oil AT ALL. Conducting a simple allergy test before trying out new food products is extremely necessary.
It is extremely important to remember that Cottonseed oil is oil after all and excessive intake of any food item cannot ever be a solution to any health problem. Even Healthy food products should be consumed moderately and only a properly planned regular diet that contains a balance of all the essential nutrients can help control and reduce the health issues.