Ever wonder which oils are the healthiest for you? We have found information to help you know which oils everyone should have in their kitchen.
Oils have been used in cooking throughout history. The most readily available oils for cooking in ancient times were animal fats like pig’s lard and tallow, which is the fat that surrounds a cow’s kidneys. These were rendered down and used in cooking. Eventually, people developed the ability to extract oils from other things like plants and seeds. This gave way to people using oils such as olive oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil.
It has more recently been discovered, however, that not all oils are created equally. Some oils can cause major health issues for people with chronic pain or inflammation from conditions such as Gout, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Back Pain, or Arthritis.
It is critically important to select the right oil for your dishes, whether you are using the oil for cooking or making a dressing or sauce.
You always want to consume more Omega 3 Fatty Acids than Omega 6 Fatty Acids. It is best to keep your intake of Omega 6 very low because they can cause inflammation in the body. And, this inflammation can aggravate certain conditions, as well as cause pain in various parts of the body.
The damage that Omega 6 can do your body will remove any benefits you receive from eating the healthier Omega 3s. Thus, it is crucial to keep your intake of harmful Omega 6 very low.
We have listed some healthy examples below. The oils we have listed are better for you because they have higher concentrations of Omega 3s than Omega 6s.
We have divided our list into high-heat oil and low-heat oils because all oils have a value attached to them, known as the ‘smoke point’. This is the point at which the oil burns while cooking. It is important to remember the smoke point of the oil you are using before selecting it to cook at high heat or to make a salad dressing.
Healthy oils with a high smoke point are good to use for high-heat cooking. Here are some of the best oils to use for frying and sautéing:
Avocado oil is by far the best oil for sautéing food at a high temperature since it has one of the highest smoke points at around 540 degrees. It is also a good, clean, neutral-tasting oil that is not processed with any nasty chemicals. It can be found in the health food section of your local grocery store. It can also be used to make cold salad dressings. The health benefits of this oil can be enjoyed hot or cold.
Healthy oils with a low smoke point are better used as a dressing for salads or sauces. These include:
These can be combined with a vinegar of your choosing (apple cider, balsamic, or wine vinegar) and some herbs to create a lovely dressing for salads. There are many recipes online for homemade vinegar and oil dressings, everyone can find something they will like!
Not all oils are created equally. Some are too high in the inflammation-promoting Omega-6.
Oils that are made by extraction or chemical processing can be very harmful to the body and lead to devastating medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, macular degeneration, inflammation, and cancer.
The oils you want to avoid include:
This list might surprise some people because until recently these oils were promoted as healthy. But the opposite is true; these oils are bad for our health!
Good quality oils can be a beneficial addition to your cooking. They can be easily found in the cooking oils section of your local grocery store, or from a health food store. It might be difficult to convince yourself to pay more for a bottle of good quality oil, but the benefits for your health are priceless.
Another good thing to remember is that most people over-consume oils; oils are best consumed lightly, which will help you make that pricy bottle of oil last a little bit longer.
Give some new oils a try! Your body will thank you!
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