Cooking Oils - Which Cooking Oil To Use

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Introduction

There are many cooking oils on the market today, but which one should you use for a healthy body. Some promote good and healthy living and some do quite the opposite. So which one should I use and which one should I stay away from?

You will be surprised at which one is recommended for you to use in cooking.

The Cooking Oils

The different cooking oils are classified as:

  • Polyunsaturated - These oils are usually the vegetable oils such as corn, soybean, sunflower, safflower and other vegetable oils. These oils are liquid at room temperature.
  • Trans Fats - These fats are man-made and comes from factory-produced partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.
  • Monounsaturated - Usually come from seeds or nuts such as avocado, olive, peanut, and canola oils. These oils are liquid at room temperature
  • Saturated - These oils come from animal fat and other sources and are solid at room temperature.

With these four different oil classifications of cooking it is difficult to determine which one to use. Lets examine each classification.

Polyunsaturated

These cooking oils are processed oils that are high in Omega-6. This can cause inflammation inside our bodies. This inflammation is what causes health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes, and other degenerative diseases.

Trans Fats

These have been considered so unhealthy that they are banned in cities and states such as California. They have been found to cause heart disease. These were used primarily in fast food restaurants for frying foods such as French fries.

Monounsaturated

These like polyunsaturated cooking oils are also processed and contain the Omega-6 essential fatty acid. These oils can cause the same health problems as the polyunsaturated cooking oils.

Saturated

Believe it or not this is the healthiest cooking oil you can find. This is because they are more stable and provides less inflammation to the body than the other ones. But you need to be selective in which one you use. The best ones are palm and coconut cooking oil.

These have very little polyunsaturated and are mainly composed of natural saturated fats and are the least inflammatory in your body.

Conclusion

Saturated fats have been found to be the best cooking oil you can use. But make sure it is palm or coconut oil.

That is because the others provide Omega-6, which we have too much of. It has been estimated that the average person who eats a western diet, has 20 times more Omega-6 than Omega-3. It is recommended that you have an equal amount of Omega-3 to Omega-6.

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This article was published on 2011/06/12