Finding A Healthy Cooking Oil


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Finding A Healthy Cooking Oil

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  2. 2. Finding A Healthy Cooking Oil Even when cooking as healthy as possible, it is still sometimes necessary to use cooking oil. Most people understand that healthy cooking is a necessity today in a world filled with fast food, TV dinners, frozen foods and boxed meals. People want to cook their own food from scratch in order to ensure that it is healthy.
  3. 3. Healthy Cooking Oil Therefore, many are frustrated by the claims of every cooking oil manufacturer that their oil is the healthiest and best cooking oil around. How can you decipher which cooking oil is a healthy cooking oil? There are several key fats that will clue you in as to whether or not a particular cooking oil is healthy cooking oil.
  4. 4. Healthy Cooking Tips About Fats There are two types of fats: good fats and bad fats. These are classified as to whether or not they have the ability to raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol. The two bad fats are saturated fats and trans-fats. Saturated fats raise total cholesterol as well as bad cholesterol. Trans-fats raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol. Thee two good fats found in healthy cooking oil are monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats.
  5. 5. Monounsaturated Fats The monounsaturated fats found in healthy cooking oil lower the bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol while the polyunsaturated fats in healthy cooking oil also lower the bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol. Based on this, the best and most healthy cooking oil will contain both monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats while steering clear of saturated fats and trans fats.
  6. 6. Stop Using The Unhealthy Cooking Oils That said, as long as you are using these oils sparingly in your cooking, it should not make a large difference whether or not you use the healthy cooking oil. While every little bit does help, if you are only using a teaspoon now and then, the difference is minute. However, if you use cooking oil frequently, it can be on small step towards a healthful lifestyle to stop using the unhealthy cooking oils and stick to a healthy cooking oil.
  7. 7. Canola Oil Even with the above information, it can be difficult to choose healthy cooking oil. A few healthy choices are canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, macadamia nut oil, sesame oil, soybean oil and walnut oil. The obvious downside for some of these oils is that if you are allergic to nuts, many of them contain nuts and are not a viable alternative for healthy cooking oil. Another thing to note about these healthy oils is that some have a higher smoke temperature than others, so if you are going to fry with them, try to use one with a higher smoke temperature like canola oil.
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