Cooking with Oil can be healthy
Common knowledge tells us that when looking for a healthy diet one o fthe first changes one should make is the removal of fried foods from our diets.
This is true in regards to restaurant and fast food locations who use mostly cheap vegetable oils and more importantly use the oils in their fryers longer than one would at home.
The question of the healthiness of various oils and cooking with oil relates mostly to the make up of the fats contained within them, not all fat is in fact “unhealthy.”
Trans fats and and saturated fats have negative health effects but polyunstaurated fats are in fact beneficial to your health. As an side, it should be noted that since 2003, McDonalds has actually been using an oil blend that is significantly lower in unhealthy fats, but due to the volume of their oil usage it is expected that the foods that are fried within it leech their fats into the oil, pretty much negating this small move on their part.
So what oils are healthy?
Healthy Oils: Extra Virgin Olive OIl
Olive oil is the primary ingredient in the Cretan Diet, the diet of the longest living people in the world. It is a flavorful oil that can be used in small quantities and still deliver intense flavor. Olive oil should be your primary home cooking oil. Due to its cost, many will not use it for recipes that require large quantities of oi, but such recipes should probably be avoided anyway.
Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat. Olive oil also contains phytochemicals, theses phytochemicals may actually lower cholesterol and help fight cancer.
Healthy Oils: Canola Oil
BetterBody Foods & Nutrition Organic Cold-Pressed Canola Oil, 16.9 Fl. Ounce (Pack of 2)
Canola oil has very little flavor so is not likely to impart unwanted taste profiles to your meals. Canola oil is low in saturated fats and high in monunsaturated fats. Canola oil is the perfect companion to olive oil in your kitchen, Between the two you will have a healthy oil available for any needed application.
Canola oil also has Omega-3 fats that are a required part of your diet and is especially helpful for vegetarians.
Healthy Oils: Macadamia Nut Oil
Ideally Macadamia nut oil would be your best choice for deep frying food. It has a wonderful nutty flavor that imparts well on light foods like poultry and fish. It has a high smoking point which is desirable in a frying oil. But it is a costly oil and is not easily found. Macadamia Nut oil is high in monounsaturated fats.
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Healthy Oils: Sesame Oil
La Tourangelle Toasted Sesame Oil, 16.9-Ounce Unit (Pack of 3)
Healthy Oils: Soybean Oil
Cibaria Organic Soybean Oil – 64 oz
When you purchase vegetable oil you are usually purchasing a soybean oil or some blend of it. Soybean oil is high in omega 3′s and has a light flavor. It isnt the best choice on the list but a 100% soybean oil is preferable to most blends that tend to be higher in bad fats.
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