On several occasions I’ve been asked to share what oils I use for cooking and below I share some of the oils I use and why. I’m not against fat or oil for that matter.
I do realize that some types of fats are extremely unhealthy. Particularly trans fats, such as those that form when oils are continually re-heated such as fast food. You can eliminate trans fats by avoiding processed and packaged foods. Trans fat is considered by many doctors to be the worst type of fat you can eat. Unlike other dietary fats, trans fat — also called trans-fatty acids — both raises your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and lowers your HDL (“good”) cholesterol. A diet with trans fat increases your risk of heart disease, the leading killer of men and women.
Also you need to understand omega fatty acids. Most of us get too much omega 6 from highly refined cooking oils and junk foods. Now omega 6 is not bad in small quantities. We need more of omega 3s which is very good for us
To balance your ratio, try oils from flaxseed, hemp and walnut.
Many people tghink canola oil is healthy due to great marketing but it is not the healthiest. It is extremely processed and subject to bleaching and deodrizing which can transform some of its omega 3s into trans fats
So what are you to do?
My general rule of thumb when it comes to oils is that i do my best to choose cold pressed, unrefined oils. Below are the oils that I use at home:
Avocado Oil – Mild flavor and safe at high temperatures.
Coconut Oil – Rich, satiating, slight coconut taste
Olive Oil – Wide range of memorable flavors; always choose extra virgin recently harvested and low in acidity
Grapeseed Oil – There have been so many mixed opinions about grapeseed oil and I do not believe its for everyone. Personally I try to balance it out with all the above oils.
Ultimately, strive to obtain balance whatever oils you choose to use and as I always say, everything in moderation. Not everything has to be cooked with oils. Instead eat the foods that have the fat, such as avocado, sesame seeds, walnut and if you really need to cook, some days strive to use less oil by cooking with water instead.
Remember it is not about striving for perfection but striving to be the best healthy version of ourselves.