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Cooking Oils – The Inside Scoop on Which Ones to Use

Many people talk about what cooking oils are bad for you and you should never use.

But they often leave out the most important part – what oils you SHOULD use to cook with…

And that’s exactly the topic I’d like to cover today by going over the best cooking oils, how they help your health and the RIGHT way to use them.

Now, before we go any further, I need to point out that eating a diet high in fried foods is not recommended – it can have disastrous effects on your heart health and I’ll explain why a little bit later…

For now, let’s take a look at what I consider to be one of the healthiest oils out there…

Avocado Oil – Your Most Undervalued Pantry Item

avocado cut in two pieces

You might know that olive oil’s low smoke point is the main reason why you shouldn’t cook with it…

Well, avocado oil is the exact opposite – it has the highest smoke point (520ºF) of any oil on the market…

Which means that it’s the perfect oil for frying pieces of meat, wok-style cooking, roasting, or anytime you need an oil that can stand up to very high temperatures.

And it works just as well on cold dishes like salads.

Unlike many oils, avocado oil doesn’t come with a strong taste that can alter your dishes – it quietly helps your food cook without leaving a burned or unpleasant taste…

And the truth is that it’s also extremely healthy – just like the avocado itself.

You see, for starters, avocado oil has the RIGHT type of monounsaturated fats that your body needs, which helps negate the problem of eating fried foods…

In addition, there’s a number of other avocado oil benefits:

  • Reduces your cholesterol
  • Improves heart health
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Promotes healthy eyes with essential lutein
  • Decreases arthritis pain
  • Enhances wound healing

…and much more!

Which makes it even healthier than olive oil in many regards…

However, there is one issue that you should be aware of – because avocado oil is just now entering the mainstream, it can be quite expensive, which can be a problem if your finances are tight.

If that’s the case, then keep reading because the next oil I’ll talk about is the best inexpensive cooking oil option…

Cooking Healthy On a Budget

bottles of cooking oil

You’ve probably noticed that there are plenty of cheap oils at your local supermarket – sunflower, corn oil, and blended vegetable oil, just to name a few…

Unfortunately, nearly all of these are not good for your health…

But there is an exception – canola oil.

In recent years, canola oil has gotten a bad rap as an unhealthy oil (mainly from people who want to promote more-expensive olive oil), but it’s simply not true.

Just like avocado oil and olive oil, canola oil contains primarily unsaturated fats as well as a high concentration of linoleic acid

And a healthy dose of those all-important Omega 3’s…

All with a nearly non-existent taste, which means your ingredients will shine instead of being masked by a flavorful oil.

The smoke point for canola oil is somewhat low at 400ºF, which means it should not be used for high-temperature cooking, but it’s perfectly fine for sauteing or normal cooking…

In fact, many baked and grilled dishes require 350ºF or less, so canola oil is an excellent option for your “low and slow” cooking.

Another advantage of canola oils is that it can help reduce your risk of heart disease, which comes from how it lowers your cholesterol levels (especially your LDL cholesterol).

As with most oils, you probably want to keep an eye out for “cold-pressed” or “mechanically-pressed” whenever possible. This simply means that the extraction of the oil was done without the use of potentially harmful chemicals.

Yes, they will cost a little bit more, but believe me – it’s worth it.

Another one that’s certainly worth it is…

The Best Oil for Deep Frying

Ok, so I’m not advocating that you should deep fry any dish and no oil is going to completely erase the negative effects of deep-frying…

With that said, I do understand why you might want to occasionally deep fry – there’s no denying that it tastes great…

And if you’re going to do it anyway, then I feel it’s my responsibility to at least show you the right oil for the job…

It might come as a surprise, but the best oil for deep frying is peanut oil.

In many Asian countries, peanut oil is used as the default oil for any fried dishes, including deep frying…

And that trend has caught on here in the United States as well…

Many fast-food restaurants have switched to peanut oil for intensive frying as with french fries and breaded chicken. That’s because it’s durable enough to be used for multiple batches and doesn’t need to be replaced as often…

For your home use however, I don’t recommend frying with it for more than one day.

With a relatively high smoke point of 450ºF, it can stand up to the heat without burning and adds a subtle nutty taste to whatever you’re cooking…

And it’s reasonably inexpensive.

From a health perspective, perhaps the most attractive part of peanut oil is the fact that it has zero trans-fats and is also very low in saturated fats…

In addition, peanut oil has high levels of Vitamin E, which improves your immunity, promotes red blood cell creation, and helps fight against free radicals that are often thought to be a cause of cancer.

Healthy Cooking Oils for a Healthy Heart

As you’re probably well aware, heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S., so doing everything you can to keep your heart in tip-top condition is highly advised.

Choosing the right oils for your cooking makes a huge difference for your heart health by reducing plaque build-up, clogged arteries, and many other problems associated with heart disease.

With so many people using heart-damaging palm and vegetable oils, and with the costs of better cooking oils being only slightly higher, it makes perfect sense to make a healthy switch…

And when you pick good quality oils, you’ll also notice that they taste better, whether you’re adding an extra virgin olive oil to a fresh salad or roasting a whole chicken with avocado oil.

As one of your staple pantry items, oil is a great place to start your journey to a healthy heart.

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