But which oils are actually good for you and which are those that you should steer clear of?
Because we know the answer to that is not quite clear, we’ve got the low-down on the most recognized of oils, how healthy or unhealthy they are, what they should be used for, and when they should be your go-tos.
Keep in mind that oils, in general and no matter which type, should be used sparingly in your diet overall. Good fats are important, but they are better received from actual foods – like nuts or avocados. Keep reading to learn more!
This is the most run-of-the-mill oil and is also the most common one. Used in millions of household recipes, it is probably a staple of your pantry. This oil’s good points are that it contains antioxidants as well as positive monounsaturated fats to be added to your diet.
Those monounsaturated fats should serve to replace fats and trans fats in your diet. This is also a great oil because it is readily available and affordable. The bad side of olive oil is that it contains Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acid. Olive oil is best used raw on cold items like a salad, mixed with vinegar for extra flavor.
This is a newer oil on the scene, but it is now available at almost all supermarkets (whereas it was once only found at health or organic stores!). This has a very mild flavor and a high smoke point of about 500 degrees, meaning it can be used for oven or stovetop cooking without a mess of smoke in your face.
Like olive oil, this is filled with monounsaturated fats, which is a healthier alternative to fats and trans fats. Aloes like olive oil, this condiment has an Omega-3 to Omega-6 imbalance. This can be used virtually any time you need a cooking oil, and it is even suitable to bake with.
Coconut oil has become quite the craze – even past being a food supply, it is commonly used as a beauty supplement, too. This is great for anyone who loves the taste of coconut, as it definitely does have that taste to it.
While this oil certainly adds a pop of flavor to any meal, the jury is still out on how healthy it may be in your diet. Those arguing in favor of coconut oil say that it can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, decrease your risk of heart disease, and help balance hormones.
Some studies have even proven that it can help boost your levels of “good” cholesterol, although the long-term results of that are still untested. The downside to coconut oil is that it contains a lot of saturated fat content. This oil is more solid naturally, but it melts at 76 degrees and can be used to replace mostly every other oil in cooking or baking.
There you have it! There is a lot of information out there about these oils, but this boils it down to a quick little guide for your handy reference when it comes to eating well and having a healthy lifestyle.