Awareness regarding the usage of repeatedly heated cooking oil in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Azman Abdullah, Mohd Shahrul Suondoh, Chan Su Xuan, Noorhazliza Abdul Patah, Khairunnisak Mokhtar, Nur Azlina Mohd Fahami, Qodriyah Mohd Saad, Kamisah Yusof, Kamsiah Jaarin

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Abstract

Reusing cooking oil is a common practice in Malaysia. Oxidation and hydrolysis occur when oil is heated repeatedly due to thermal decomposition. It had been suggested that consumption of repeatedly heated oil could be a health hazard. It is therefore interesting to measure the awareness level amongst Kuala Lumpur residents regarding the usage of repeatedly heated cooking oil. A cross-sectional study was conducted to assess the level of awareness based on knowledge, attitude and practice regarding the usage of repeatedly heated cooking oil. The study involved convenience sampling of 500 respondents at various locations in Kuala Lumpur within a one-month period (April 2009). A questionnaire was designed as a tool to collect data from the respondents by face-to-face interview. It was found that the mean awareness score of Kuala Lumpur residents was moderate (7.8 out of 12 points) with the majority of respondents (42%) scoring moderately in their level of awareness regarding the usage of repeatedly heated cooking oil. Respondents with higher level of education and the highest level of income had significantly higher level of awareness regarding this issue. There was also a significant relationship between respondents' knowledge with their attitude and practice regarding the usage of repeatedly heated cooking oil. The results showed that Kuala Lumpur residents' awareness on the usage of repeatedly heated cooking oil needs to be increased. More aggressive public education campaign regarding this unhealthy practice is needed, which might help improve the health status of the general population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-195
Number of pages12
JournalResearch Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Malaysia
Cooking
Oils
Education
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health hazards
Health Status
Surveys and Questionnaires
Hydrolysis
Pyrolysis
Cross-Sectional Studies
Hot Temperature
Health
Interviews
Sampling
Oxidation
Population

Keywords

  • Awareness
  • Frying
  • Health
  • Kuala Lumpur residents
  • Repeatedly heated cooking oil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Awareness regarding the usage of repeatedly heated cooking oil in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. / Abdullah, Azman; Suondoh, Mohd Shahrul; Xuan, Chan Su; Patah, Noorhazliza Abdul; Mokhtar, Khairunnisak; Mohd Fahami, Nur Azlina; Mohd Saad, Qodriyah; Yusof, Kamisah; Jaarin, Kamsiah.

In: Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2015, p. 184-195.

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