Healthy Cooking Oil

Fats are important. They are essential for brain function and also for cellular integrity. Without fats, your body will have a hard time functioning. So diets that are very low in fat are not going to be healthy in the long run.

Before we go any further, it is worth noting that even though having a measure of oils each day is good, having too many of them can increase your cholesterol and fat stores. So it is better to eat them or use them in moderation. Only about ten to twenty percent of your diet needs to be devoted to fats.

So, what about cooking? We have heard that it is not healthy to have some foods in our diet, but what about cooking with oils? Depending on what type of cooking you are doing, less oil is absorbed into the food than is used to cook it.

We all cook with oil. It is a staple. But, you can make healthier choices for the oils that you need. First, consider the saturated fat level. We are all told that saturated fats are bad, but in cooking oils they are essential for stability when heated to high temperatures.

* Coconut oil – This is a good oil to use for cooking. It doesn’t release as many free radicals in the body. As we know, free radicals are a by-product of cellular metabolism. They damage cells and organs leading to the signs of aging and disease. Coconut oil is full of vitamins including E and K.

* Butter – While you don’t need to eat cake made with it, you can cook with it. Sautéing vegetables or lean meat in butter can cook it faster. Blot off your meat after cooking and avoid using breadcrumbs or other coatings that can absorb oil and add to your caloric intake. But, butter does contain antioxidants that the body needs to fight free radical damage.