Wednesday, 23 March 2016

oils healthier than solid fat

There's an article here healthy oils which helps to remind us that oils are more easily digested than fats; especially fats that are ~solid at room temperature or (worse) at body temperature.

 Many oils have some specific benefits - omega 3 ...
Canola Oil
healthy fats

This type of oil can be used in frying, baking, and sauteing. It is made out of rapeseeds and is considered healthy as it contains many monosaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids making it a good alternative to butter.

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However, there is much debate about whether it is still pure. It goes through many processes and it is said that the seed or crop used to make it is commonly genetically engineered.

Peanut Oil

This is more commonly used in Asian dishes as it has a distinct flavor. However, it is known for its many health benefits as it can lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL).

Peanut oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids which are generally healthy but should be consumed at the same ratio as omega-3. It is best to take this kind of oil in moderation and to use it to add flavor to the dishes instead of frying with it.

Coconut Oil

Although it is not as often used in cooking because it is more popular in skin and hair care, there are still coconut oil benefits when consumed. It aids in proper digestion, weight loss, and strengthens immunity.

Extra virgin coconut oil is a really healthy type of oil that you can use as a substitute to creamer for your coffee. It is also great when applied like a moisturizer as it can delay the aging process. Some people take one tablespoon before every meal for weight loss.

Olive Oil

This is the healthiest type of oil and can be used to cook most dishes (except for Asian dishes). It greatly affects cardiovascular health and blood cholesterol levels but in a good way.

Extra-virgin olive oil is the most expensive kind and is best used in salads and pasta. Though it has the richest flavor, it may not be ideal for cooking because too much heat can burn certain components and it won't taste good.

Anything taken in excess is bad so do not take large amounts of oils to cure a certain disease. It only helps to know which kinds of oils can give you the nutrients you need.

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