Vegetable oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, coconut oil…so many options but which ones are best?
A common misconception is that oil (which is fat) is not good for you. That could not be further from the truth. Certain TYPES of oils, indeed, are not good for you, however good fats, including many oils, are imperative for a healthy diet and life.
We need fat for hormone regulation (think estrogen and testosterone), the make immune boosting cells, to help regulate inflammation and even to help boost our metabolism.
It’s often thought that eating fat will make you fat, or even worse, eating fat will actually have a negative impact on things like cholesterol and blood sugar. Wrong again.
The wrong kind of fact can negatively impact cholesterol and blood sugar but the right kind of fat can also positively impact these things. Fat can be found in many healthy food options, but we are going to focus on oils here.
What SHOULD you eat?
For Cooking (high heat) you want to use an option that has a higher smoke point so it won’t break down to free fatty acids, which promote inflammation and metabolism disrupting properties.
-Organic Coconut oil
-Organic avocado oil
-Organic Extra virgin olive oil
What should you AVOID?
These are the oils that are most commonly found in processed foods, prepared foods, snacks, and treats. These are the culprits of what has thought to be the cause. Some of these options have been known to “contribute to inflammation, diabetes, obesity, dementia, and even the risk of cancer.” (Food, Dr. Mark Hyman)
-Anything that says “hydrogenated”
In short- the right kind of fat is not only necessary for a healthy life but also good for you. The wrong kind of fat doesn’t just pose a threat to our health but with how much is consumed these days, in the right quantities it can be outright dangerous.
Read your labels, get to know your fats and learn to love the ones that, again, are natural and whole-food-based.