I know you have seen the lines and tips: FAT IS BAD for you. Extending that line of thinking, oil is bad for you because it is “fatty.”
However, I am also sure you have read many an article talking about the health benefits of healthy fats. There is an overwhelming amount of information about fats and its benefits and risks. Always try to find reliable resources online (because there are many unreliable ones), and if you are very concerned, talk with your doctor or a nutritionist.
Our bodies actually need fat to be alive. We benefit from the energy fat gives us to fuel our bodies. Healthy fats also give us fat-soluble vitamins, fatty acids and help with our skin’s softness. Each type of fat and the different plants healthy oils are found give unique benefits to our bodies.
You still shouldn’t be eating or using these oils in abundance. Most people have far too much fat in their diets. And too much of those fats are the unhealthy ones that come from junk food, deep-fried food and the like. But our bodies DO need fats, the healthy kinds.
So, I wanted to share the only 3 oils I keep in my kitchen. I believe they are the best oils to use when baking, grilling, general cooking, and they can all be used outside the confines of your kitchen.
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Coconut oil is probably my favorite oil. It smells and tastes amazing, and it has so many more benefits than cooking uses. At room temperature, coconut oil is solid which is quite different from most oils you have in your kitchen cabinet. I cook my son’s eggs for breakfast in coconut oil in the morning, and he doesn’t like eggs that are cooked in anything else!
In the past, coconut oil has received a bum rap because it contains saturated fats. More recent research has uncovered that the saturated fat found in coconut oil is over 90% HEALTHY saturated fats. This is combined with coconut containing 3 different healthy fatty acids called MCFAs (medium-chain fatty acids) and those are where the magic happens!
I had heard of MCFAs before but did not realize what they were or what benefits they give to our bodies. Because MCFAs are smaller, they are turned into fuel for our bodies much faster than other fats. They also digest easier, giving us near instant energy, are not as easily stored to our fat reserves (because they liver processes them), and are anti-fungal/microbial.
The last thing you must remember is to ALWAYS buy extra-virgin coconut oil. The other kinds you will find on the shelf will not taste the same or reap the same benefits. These jars or bottles are often over-processed to increase the shelf life or make costs go down. You won’t regret spending the extra for the pure extra-virgin kind. Costco usually has the best amount for your dollar (84 fl oz/$18), but Amazon has great options as well: Viva Naturals Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil and Nature’s Way Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil.
Hopefully this information will convert you to the wonderful world of coconut oil! It tastes amazing in your cooking, and gives so many health benefits. Out of the kitchen, it can help with first aid, dental health, and skin and hair care.
I stumbled across avocado oil a few years ago but I didn’t use it very much. In fact, I think I bought it because it was on sale. More recently I have discovered the wonderful benefits avocado oil brings to the table.
Avocado oil is incredibly nutrient dense making it great to add to dressings for salads and can be used for some tasty cooked dishes. Another attractive quality this oil has is its high smoke point. Oils begin to break down past their smoke temperature and because avocado oil’s is so high, it makes for a great all around cooking oil. However, still pay attention to the pan on the stove. 😉
Avocados have both mono and polyunsaturated fats making it and its’ oil supremely healthy. The avocado and its’ oil are also rich in vitamin E, vitamin A, riboflavin, and thiamin.
Incorporating avocado oil in your diet is a great choice because it can help lower your blood pressure, improve arthritis, assist skin ailments, and improve your heart’s health. It is also often used as an ingredient in face masks, hair treatments, and can be used to remove make up.
Obviously, avocado oil’s benefits are incredibly vast. Unless you are allergic, this is a must have in your household. Similar to coconut oil, try to buy extra-virgin avocado oil that is cold-pressed and unrefined. There are still benefits to the the more refined avocado oil as they have the higher smoke point. However, for the most benefits for your health and beauty, stick with the unrefined avocado oil.
There are a million places to buy avocado oil now, including Amazon. They sell Olivado Extra-Virgin Avocado Oil and CalPure Avocado Oil which is naturally-refined for your high temperature cooking needs.
The amazing and fabulous..olive oil! Olive oil has a few vitamins and many fatty acids you need in your daily diet. AND, it gives our bodies the great benefit of antioxidants. These are amazing because they are constantly active, potentially fighting bad cholesterol and inflammation.
Inflammation can wreck your body in many ways which why it is important to consume foods that will help your body in that way. Now, because of olive oil’s anti-inflammatory quality it scores in helping protect your heart, weight loss/gain, diabetes, and balances your hormones. Olive oil’s fatty acids contribute to our brain health tremendously, and its amazing antioxidant supply can help prevent cancer.
In the kitchen, I use olive oil more for dipping sauces and salad dressings because of its low smoke point. Extra-virgin olive oil is so flavorful that it makes your dips and dressings so much more savory. And that is ALWAYS a plus! You can use it to cook with, but it would be safer to stick with very low-temperature recipes or cook with another oil. Its smoke point is about 200 degrees and will begin to break down and become toxic past that temperature. So be careful!
Outside the kitchen, similar to the previous oils, olive oil is great for moisturizing your skin and it helps skin ailments/conditions. You can combine olive oil with some essentials oils for healing purposes or a massage (as some of those oils can’t directly go on your skin).
As always, to reap the benefits of this great oil buy extra-virgin olive oil. The strong smell and flavor will be there along with all of the benefits. Make sure the olive oil comes in a dark bottle, is cold-pressed, and preferably has a seal for the International Olive Oil Council. This is so you can make sure the extra-virgin olive oil is not fake as that is a huge problem today.
I love Costco’s Kirkland Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil because of the size and flavor. There are also a few more great choices on Amazon: Kasandrinos Organic Extra-Virgin Greek Olive Oil and California Olive Ranch Everyday Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.
All 3 of these oils’ benefits for you body are amazing! The goal now is incorporate more of these healthy fats in our diet instead of the unhealthy ones that come from junk food. I know I struggle with this a lot and I’m a lot of you do as well.
Let me know what other healthy fats you like to incorporate in your diet so we can have a healthy life together!