Could Your Oil Choices Be Ruining Your Health?

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 15:45 
Simple changes compounded overtime is how I've come to live healthier and happier. It doesn't happen overnight, it's not all or nothing, and you must always start where you are now. 


The topic of oils has been heavy with the new fads of essential oils happening. I don't have an opinion on essential oils, just haven't really gotten into them, mostly because I live simply and it sounds like something else I'd have to learn about and actually do. I'd prefer to spend my time learning more about food and nutrition because that's what I'm passionate about, but enough about me. 


Changing the oils in your kitchen and what you use to cook and bake with is as simple as making a different choice at the grocery. 


If you are like me, you compare prices and ingredients and want to get the best bang for your buck. Here's why a couple dollars doesn't distract me from oils such as vegetable, sunflower, saffron, canola or soybean oils.



The misconception is that these oils are good for you because they have the word vegetable in the name and vegetables are healthy right?



These oils are most commonly known for cooking, but here are some reasons why you might want to stop buying them and replace them with healthier options. 


Vegetable oils and seed oils have been around for about 100 years and were never meant to be used in large amounts. When used for cooking/baking, we are getting too much Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids which are harmful and cause an unbalance in our body. This causes inflammation and other common Western Diseases. 
These oils are high in trans fat, which can cause obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Eliminating trans fat from your current meal plan is important for your health, it reduces inflammation in the body and allows your body to function more efficiently which causes less aches and more energy. 


Now you know why you shouldn't use vegetable oils, but what do you replace it with? 


Coconut oil is a great healthy fat and can be a subsitute for butter in baking and is great for sauteing foods. 


Coconut oil is full of saturated fats which are good for the body, these are different saturated fats than you'd find in cheese or a juicy steak. 


It is beneficial to brain diseases, it helps lower the chance of obesity, and increases energy. It can be used as a skin moisturizer and also as a sunscreen.  


Olive oil is another option that is healthier than your common vegetable oils. Extra Virgin Olive oil can help decrease inflammation and helps fight against most Western Diseases including obesity, stroke, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. 


Lastly is a newer oil you may not have heard of called red palm oil. Unrefined is best, and this oil is rich in nutrients such as Vitamin E and CoQ-10. 


All oils are pretty high in calories so you want to be sure to measure when cooking and even test reducing amounts in recipes used for baking. 


Summary: Replace vegetable and canola oils with coconut and olive oil when cooking/baking to avoid health risks and boost your immune system.