There are many oils out there to cook in, however you need to know which ones are the healthy cooking oils and which ones are the unhealthy cooking oils if you want to make sure you’re eating right. I will share with you my 3 favorite oils to cook with that are both healthy and can be cooked with in a variety of different dishes.
Healthy Cooking Oil #1 – Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a very healthy oil to cook with. Many people think that because coconut oil is high in saturated fat that it is unhealthy, however coconut oil is rich in Lauric Acid which is a fatty acid known to improve cholesterol and assist in killing pathogens and bacteria. Coconut oil also is known to contain medium chain triglycerides which promote an increased energy expenditure which essentially means you’ll burn more calories throughout the day. Coconut oil is also known as an appetite suppressant.
Healthy Cooking Oil #2 – Olive Oil
Olive oil is another excellent cooking oil choice. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fat which is known to lower bad cholesterol and boost good cholesterol. Olive oil also contains polyphenols which are an antioxidant known to improve heart health.
Keep in mind that not all olive oil is the same. There are a few different kinds of olive oils and you should be aware of their differences. The first one is regular olive oil which happens to be the cheapest and does not have many of the major health properties that olive oil provides. The second one is the most expensive, but contains all of the benefits olive oil provides and is called extra virgin olive oil. The third is a mixture between the two and usually falls in the middle in price and is called virgin olive oil.
Healthy Cooking Oil #3 – Butter
While butter isn’t technically a cooking oil, I like to include it here as a substitute for cooking oil. Most people think butter is downright unhealthy which isn’t the whole truth. Real butter when used in moderation can provide some healthy benefits as its rich in soluble vitamins like vitamins A, E, and K2. New research has also shown that butter and other whole dairy items may decrease your chance of being overweight in the long run.
Choosing a Cooking Oil – It’s All About the Heat
When you are looking for a cooking oil it is important to realize that different oils have different temperature thresholds. For the three healthy cooking oils that I recommend, you use coconut oil when you need to cook at high heat, olive oil at medium heat, and butter at low heat. The oil, depending on its consistency tends to react to oxygen and the heat to cause a reaction after reaching a certain temperature. Making sure you use the right oil for the temperature means you won’t have to worry about messing up the oil in your foods.
Now that you have my top 3 healthy cooking oils to choose from, its time to start cooking healthy delicious meals.
What’s your favorite oil to cook with? My personal favorite cooking oil that I use for most of my meals is extra virgin olive oil.