Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Healthy Cooking Oils. But Which Ones Are Best?

With so many cooking oil options out there, it's no wonder we end up confused and overwhelmed. I am certainly no expert on the cooking oil front, but through my own research, study and trial and error, here is my summary on some of the best healthy cooking oils.

In no particular order:

Sesame Oil - Rich in monounsaturated (healthy dietary fat) and polyunsaturated fats. The taste can be overpowering, so only a little oil is needed. Studies show that it helps lower cholesterol and may also lower blood pressure also.

Good quality Olive Oil - A major component of the Mediterranean diet, which is said to be the healthiest diet in the world. It's Easy to buy, affordable and cooks well at high heat

Grape Seed Oil - Good source of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. It helps raise good cholesterol (HDL) and helps lower bad cholesterol (LDL). Beneficial for people who have diabetes. Cooks well at high heat.

Coconut Oil - A healthy form of saturated fat. Full of vitamin E, K & iron. Research also shows that coconut oil can help digestive issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It can also assist with weightless. Cooks well at high heat

Avocado Oil - Rich in vitamin E, omega-3 fats and can help lower cholesterol. It is an anti-inflammatory and also prevents damage to artery walls, which means it can lower the risk of heart disease. It also aids digestions. It also cooks well at high heat.

1 comment:

  1. Thx for the info Hayley, I cook a lot of Asian food (wok) and they recommend peanut oil, which I substitute with grape seed oil, I also have seen coconut mentioned in a few recipes lately, mainly in desserts, I also have flax seed and rice bran oil, what is your take on these 2, I am mainly after the best quality oil for the high heat needed in a Wok without too much coconut flavour
    Dave (nosey)