Ever go to the grocery store and stand in front of the section with all the cooking oils? There are SO many to choose from – how do you know what is healthy and what is not? Most are high in fat which you can tell by looking at any of the labels. The key is to know what kinds of fats are good for you and what kinds are not.
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Avocado oil
- Fish oils
- Walnut oil
- Grain-fed butter
Oils to avoid
- Vegetable oil
- Corn oil
- Oils made from GMO grains
- Margarine and other artificial trans fats
- Grape seed oil (it’s very high in Omega 6 fatty acids which we need to be consuming less of)
I typically use Olive Oil (not EVOO) for cooking as it works for most things. If I need something that can still retain its healthiness at high heat, I use walnut oil. EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) should never be heated up because doing so not only destroys the benefits of the olive oil, but it can also turn that healthy oil into a damaging trans fat that will actually harm your health. Non-virgin olive oil burns at 320 degrees F.
For many of you this might be the first you’ve heard of there being a significant difference between olive oil and extra virgin olive oil. EVOO is what you get after the first press. When the oil is pressed multiple times, you have a lighter oil that is best for cooking. The more it’s pressed, the lighter the oil. I only have EVOO in my house for drizzling as the flavor can be a turn off for some.
I also love avocado and walnut oil, but they are really expensive and usually come in small quantities.
What other oils do you have experience cooking with?