Many cooking oils on the grocery store shelf claim that they are “heart healthy” or “low in fat.” But the truth is that many of these oils are made with genetically-modified and processed ingredients with long, unpronounceable names that may be bad for other aspects of your health. Rather than restocking your pantry with another bottle of canola or vegetable oil, why not try a healthier option? Choose one of these cooking oils instead.
Raw extra virgin coconut oil is one of the healthiest cooking oils you can buy, so long as you choose the purest form which will have the consistency of a cream rather than a liquid. This oil helps boost heart health, increase metabolism, promote healthy skin and aid your weight loss efforts. Even better, coconut oil gives your meals a light tropical flavor, which can also be masked by bolder flavors if desired. It’s best to use coconut oil with low- to medium-heat heat cooking or baking; the higher the temperature, the fewer the health benefits.
First cold pressed extra virgin olive oil is full of anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, making it a healthy choice for meal preparation. For the most benefits, first cold pressed is a process in which the olives are pressed only one time at a low temperature for the purest oil possible. It’s best to use olive oil with low-heat cooking, salad dressing and sauces.
Avocado oil is another healthy option, so long as it’s consumed sparingly. This oil is higher in polyunsaturated fats (PUFA), which can cause inflammation if used in excess. However, you can purchase low PUFA avocado oil if you wish to use it often. Many people like this oil because it works well with high-heat cooking, unlike our first two options. In fact, having all three oils in your pantry is a great solution to all of your healthy cooking needs.
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