The truth about healthy oils and unhealthy oils have been hidden. Here’s the truth.
Healthy Cooking Oils:
- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Cold Press)
- Avocado Oil
- Red Palm Oil
Coconut Oil is great for high heat cooking methods… Yes, that includes frying. The oil contains fatty acids that go straight from the digestive tract to the liver, where in most instances converts into keytone bodies that provide a quick source of energy. Coconut oil contains 90% saturated fat, however do not get scared away. There has been no connection to consuming coconut oil and heart disease. Coconut oil actually aids in weight loss. It is imperative the when you purchase coconut oil that it is the unrefined extra virgin oil. If not, you run the risk of getting a coconut oil that contains trans fats, which does show a connection to heart disease. Unrefined Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is the way to go!
Olive Oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), a healthy fat. Using olive oil in place of the oils below will not only lower your cholesterol, but your blood pressure as well. Olive oil is also known for its anti inflammatory superpowers. SO if you have arthritis problems, this is your oil. BUT you must use EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL to reap these awesome benefits. The less an oil is manipulated the better.
Avocado Oil is extracted straight from the avocado fruit. Which means it’s not nearly as processed as oils that are extracted by the seeds.
Red (Raw) Palm Oil has a rich source of antioxidants. One of the super antioxidant is Red Palm Oil called tocotrienols is important for optimal health. These tocotrienols act as free radical scavengers and are believed to play a protective role in cellular aging, atherosclerosis, cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. Be aware of processed Palm Oil that is usually found in packaged foods. Processed palm oil is bad for you. It is high in saturated fats and are depleted of most of it healing nutrients.
Bad Cooking Oils:
- Vegetable Oil
- Soybean Oil
- Corn Oil
- Cottonseed Oil
- Canola Oil
- Rapeseed Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Safflower Oil
- Rice Bran Oil
All of the oils above sound healthy and are advertised as healthy. BUT it’s not true.
These oils are chemically processed and during most chemical processing additives, pesticides, BHA and BHT (Butylated Hydroxyanisole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene) are added to these oils. BHA and BHT is actually a synthetic antioxidant that keeps the oil from spoiling, but it has been shown to have the potential to produce cancer compounds. On top of that, most of these oils are genetically modified, which means that their genes have been altered. In hindsight you don’t know what you’re actually consuming.
Since these oils are chemically processed they have hidden trans fats. These trans fats are directly linked to heart disease. It’s basically the worst fat on the planet. And the crazy thing is, trans fats are not made in nature. These dangerous fats are man made and they are in most of the foods at the grocery store.
And yes, the list goes on. These oils are high in Omega 6 fatty acids (which is OK) BUT, Omega 6 fatty acids can be highly detrimental to your health if the ratio between the consumption of Omega 6 fatty acids and Omega 3 fatty acids is high. And let me just tell you, the average American ratio is about 16:1. This high ratio is what leads to heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, many types of cancer, etc.
Put simply, a diet that is high in Omega-6 but low in Omega-3 increases inflammation, while a diet that includes balanced amounts of each reduces inflammation. And without the balance between the two, it is that over inflammation that leads to those serious diseases.
As I always say. It’s best to eat whole real foods. Stay away from the packages, and if you can’t stay away, please look on the ingredients label to see if any of the oils above are in it. And honestly, they most likely are.
Most of the food industry doesn’t care about your health or your family’s health. So it’s up to you to care about yourself and your family. Shoot this doesn’t have to be hard! Stick to the healthy oils in the beginning of this post and eat REAL food… and lots of water. <3
Stay healthy my friends.